19 Simple Changes You Can Make Today for a Happier Life

Do you want to live a happier life? There are some simple changes you can make to start feeling better about yourself today. You’ll find 19 of these things in this article.

Go to Bed Earlier

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According to the National Institutes of Health, “experts recommend that adults sleep between 7 and 9 hours a night.” Going to bed earlier at night will help you feel better in the morning. The more energy you have for the day, the happier you’ll feel.

Converse More

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We all need time to talk to one another. Communispond says that “many of us actually spend up to 80 percent of our day engaged in some form of communication.” Talking to friends and family about the things we’re going through can help us feel more positive.


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Socializing is essential to happiness. Statistics from Cross River Therapy show that “52% of Americans report feeling lonely.” Socializing regularly helps us have contact with others and combat feelings of loneliness. We must spend time interacting with others, if possible, every day of the week.

Reflect Daily

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It can be so easy to forget all of the simple good things that we witness each day. A beautiful sunset, a refreshing rainstorm, and a starry night are all part of life’s wonders. Taking the time to stop and think about these things and observe their beauty can make us feel happier about our lives.


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According to the World Health Organization, we “should do at least an average of 60 minutes per day of moderate-to-vigorous intensity, mostly aerobic, physical activity, across the week.” Exercise releases endorphins, which make us feel happier. Yes, we must exercise every day to feel good.

Listen to Music

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“The limbic system, which is involved in processing emotions and controlling memory, ‘lights’ up when our ears perceive music,” says Pfizer. Listening to uptempo music can help to lighten our mood and make us feel happier. When you’re in the mood for a boost of happiness, turn on some happy tunes.


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Saving a little something for a rainy day can help to ease the stress and reduce the pain of a dark tomorrow. If you save a little money at the end of each month, you’ll have something to help you when life throws you a bad hand. Because you’ll have some money saved, you’ll feel better.

Be Grateful

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Showing gratitude is essential for true happiness. Saying thank you to others is a way for us to show appreciation for the things they have done for us. This makes the person feel happy, and their happiness rubs off on us. The good feelings are contagious.

Be Optimistic

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Statistics from the Survey Center on American Life show that “forty-seven percent of Americans are either very or somewhat optimistic.” Being an optimistic person will help you see the good side of life. Optimism will lift your mood and help you feel happier. Try to see the glass as half full, not half empty.

Give More

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They say that there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving. So, if you want to be happier, you have to give more. Share a gift with your family members and friends. Unexpected gifts are even better received than those you give on birthdays and anniversaries.

Eat Better

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Eating the right diet will give you more energy for the day. When your body is healthier, you will feel better about yourself for it. When you eat well, you will look better and thus have higher self-esteem. Try eating a balanced diet as often as possible.

Get Organized

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Doing everything in a rush is a surefire way to make yourself feel stressed and frustrated. To prevent this from happening, get organized. If you organize yourself well, you’ll have more time and feel more positive about your day and the tasks you have to do.

Be Balanced

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Striking the balance between work and play is essential for true happiness. In order to be happy, you must spend enough time participating in leisure activities. But doing gratifying work is also a key to happiness. Leave your work at work and make sure you have time for yourself each day.

Limit Screen Time

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Using electronic devices before bed can make it harder for you to rest properly at night. To get a better night’s sleep and have more energy the next day, make sure you limit your screen time before you go to bed. Instead, spend time reading or relaxing.

Look After Yourself

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If you are happy with the way you look, you will feel happier about yourself. So make sure you spend time each day practicing self-care. You should treat yourself every so often to make yourself feel even better. A boost in your confidence will make you smile.

Start Earlier

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When you have more time to think about things and make decisions, life seems more pleasant. Instead of getting ready just before you rush out the door, start getting ready earlier. If you have time left over, you can do other jobs according to your schedule.

Be Realistic

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No one likes to let people down. That’s why we often take on too many responsibilities. But when we have too much to do and not enough time to complete it all, we feel stressed. Instead of overwhelming yourself, be realistic. You will feel happier for doing so.


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A cluttered living space will crowd your mind and make you feel claustrophobic. Do a spring cleaning or declutter your home from time to time. This will have a positive impact on your mind and help you think with clarity. A clean, tidy space will also make you feel more inclined to have people over and socialize.

Learn Something New

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Learning a new skill, such as playing a musical instrument or learning a new language, can give you a feeling of accomplishment. This feeling, in turn, will make you feel happier, as it will boost your confidence. Learning a new skill will stimulate your mind.

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