They say it is the small things in life that make the biggest impact. While I am not sure who “they” are, I believe it to be true. One of the hardest things in this world for some is to be happy. For some it doesn’t comes easy, but it is possible to change that. However, there are small ways to be happy that you may or may not know about.
You can change your mood with a simple decision, and doing a few or all of these can make it a bit easier. I DARE you to give them a try! I DARE you to be a little happier than you were before you read this post!
10 Small Ways to be Happy Today!
1 // Grab, make, or order your favorite morning drink! By indulging first thing in the morning, you are setting the standard for the day. Make it a great one by enjoying your favorite morning drink!
2 // Wear an outfit that you can rock! You know the outfit that makes you smile and you cannot help but share with others. Wear it! Here is an extremely simple outfit I wore the other day that I could not help but share on my Instagram! Super simple, comfy, and easily rocked! An outfit can seriously make or break your day, so always dress in ways that make you feel amazing!
So I never post my #OOTD but I am so proud of it today! I scored this awesome cropped denim jacket on Poshmark, tank was from a friend of a friend, and the jeggings and shoes were purchased new a couple of years ago. What I love is how comfy, cute, and thoughtless this outfit is! Plus, all of these pieces can be worn with so many different pieces. Having a versatile wardrobe is my goal for each season… Rocking it along the way helps, too!
3 // Smile! You can have a rocking outfit, great morning drink, but without a smile, it is not the same. So put on your biggest smile and head out that door!
4 // Complement someone. If you see someone carrying a purse that is gorgeous, let them know! If you think they have pretty hair, tell them! It will not only make their day, but it will also brighten yours!
5 // Rock your favorite playlist! Everyone knows music is a huge influence to your mood. Playing sad music helps a pity party, but playing road trip music or more upbeat music can really make your day! Right now, I am playing Ed Sheeran Radio on Pandora. While not every song is necessarily happy, I love singing a lot of them… out loud… at work! [Yikes!] Thank goodness no one is here while I am performing a concert while working!
6 // Pay it forward. Whether you pay for the person’s meal behind you in line or help someone with their groceries, pay it forward! It will bless the both of you, and improve both of your moods!
7 // Google images of puppies and kittens! Trust me, the cuteness will make you so happy! [Do not believe me? Give it a try!]
8 // Try a new makeup look. Something fresh, fun, and different from your day to day routine can have a HUGE impact on your day! For instance, I tried a couple of new contouring tricks this morning, and I love how different it makes me look. I probably will not do this every day, but today it was worth the extra effort!
9 // Make a Gratitude list. Listing what you are grateful for allows you to see what you have in life. It gives you a reason to be happy!
10 // Find 10 things in your home to donate to a local charity. Donating to help others can definitely make you happy! Giving what you no longer need to those who do is a much better option than tossing it into the trash. As a recent example, I decided to switch out my foaming soap dispenser for a new glass soap dispenser. I was simply going to toss my old one [not sure I could have donated it…] until I saw that a friend on Facebook was needing it! It was a win-win for the both of us!
Of course, these small ways to be happy are not the only ways we can be happy. Big things like completing a big goal or moving into your dream home can really improve how happy you are, but big accomplishments come and go. With focusing on the little things, you have a chance to increase your overall happiness each and every day. Before you know it, your entire outlook on life will shift, your mental health will improve, and you will wonder how you ever lived any other way.
Let me know below in the comments if you practice any of these already, and if not, which ones will you try!