5 Ways to Live Happier

Happy Tuesday, friends. Did any of you catch that ridiculous Bachelorette finale last night? This was my first time watching a full season of The Bachelorette (and also The Bachelor earlier this year). I was totally rooting for Rachel, but that ending was just rough. Buuuut today’s post isn’t about all of that negativity. It’s about happiness.

Did you know that today is “Happiness Happens Day?” Sure, it’s one of those random, silly holidays, but it’s a great reminder for us to find joy in the little things in life. It was created in 1998 to recognize and express happiness, which is something I think this world needs a little more of! To get you started, here are 5 ways to live happier!

5 ways to live happier

Embrace an Optimistic Mindset

In life, your mindset is EVERYTHING. Things don’t always go according to plan. In fact, more often than not, they go the exact opposite of how you planned. But instead of getting angry or upset, try look at it from a different angle and find something positive in the situation. It makes ALL the difference, and most of the time, your backup plan ends up being even better than the original!

Pay it Forward

I don’t know about you, but whenever I’m able to help someone or do something nice for them, it ALWAYS boosts my mood x 1000! Kindness is totally free and not only does it make you happier, but it also makes others happier! Not sure where to begin? Check out these simple ways to pay it forward.

Surround Yourself with the Right People

Ain’t nobody got time for negativity, am I right?! By surrounding yourself with supportive people and getting rid of the toxic influences in your life (e.g. people, social media), you’ll feel better, smile more, and likely have more of those deep belly laughs where you’re laughing so hard you can’t breathe and have tears streaming down your face. <– Seriously the best moments in life.

Find Peace with Your Past

Do you ever find yourself replaying a past situation over and over again in your head? Whether it was a mistake made, an argument, or any other kind of negativity in your past that looms over you, find peace with it and let it go. As the wise Rafiki (yes, from Lion King) said, “The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” The past is in the past. You can’t change it. All you can do is move forward and look forward to a positive tomorrow.

Take Care of Yourself

Last but not least, take care of yourself! Say yes to exciting opportunities, say no to ones that don’t bring you joy. Splurge on something you’ve been eyeing (obviously within reason), plan a trip, eat that dessert! What it all comes down to is doing the things that make YOU happy!

What are some things you do to live happier?

  • I love paying it forward – it’s really so powerful to do, especially in today’s society. Taking good care of yourself is a huge one, as well. Self-care is not optional!

  • Kristine Circenis

    I love paying it forward as a means of making myself happier. It’s the simple things :)

    • You’re so right, Kristine! And YES for paying it forward. Glad to hear it’s something you do :)

  • I love you for quoting The Lion King. LOL. Finding peace with my past was one of the toughest things I ever went through but you’re right, it brings a lot of contentment once you do it.

    • So glad you appreciate it :) And YES I know it’s incredibly difficult, but once you can move on, life is so much better!

  • Yes girl! I love this post. I believe happiness is something we definitely create. It’s a mindset and definitely all about surrounding yourself with optimistic, happy people who believe in you! Paying it forward it always a great thing, too. I also love to leave little baskets or mail packages of happiness to loved ones sometimes, just random times to let them know i’m thinking about them.

    • Thanks, Leslie! I couldn’t agree more with you!

  • Surrounding yourself with the right people is incredibly important & it is a lesson I have definitelyyyyyy learned the hard way over the years!!

  • I definitely think surrounding yourself with positive people is huge in creating happiness! Love these tips!

    • Glad to hear it, Nicholle! I couldn’t agree more!

  • Ahh I didn’t even know this holiday was a thing but I love it! Great idea to pay it forward!

  • Yoga and meditation have helped me so much with this.

    • So glad to hear you’ve found something that works for you, Kim!

  • Taking time to unplug and reflect makes me really happy. Going on adventures and taking lots of pictures!

  • Learning to let go of the past (even if it’s the very recent past) is something I struggle with! It’s hard to let go but it’s necessary. I can’t let getting hung up on the little things consume me!

    • It’s one of the toughest things to do for sure, but so rewarding!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    I love this! One of my goals in life is to be happy and I believe you have to work at it. Sometimes it doesn’t come naturally and these tips you mention will definitely help! I really like keeping a gratitude journal. That helps me keep things in perspective!

    • Thanks, Elizabeth! A gratitude journal sounds like a great way to keep things upbeat!

  • Laila

    I’m working on number 4 and trying to be more positive each day! Inspirational posts like this really help!

    • So glad to hear it! Positivity is key! Keep it up, girl!

  • These tips are all so great! I always strive to lead a happier life.

  • This is everything! Literally so many people fail to understand that your whole life can be changed in an instant just by thinking positively.

  • paying it forward is huge! I love how good it feels. So often I think we get caught up in our own stuff that we forget to give back

    • Same! Definitely something I want to get better about!

  • Paying is forward is one of my favsss. Put good into the world and get good back!

  • Love these ideas! I think being kind to others and putting others first is the best way to find true happiness.

    Jennifer Ashley // http://www.prettylittledetails.com

    • Thank you! You hit the nail on the head – I think everyone needs to embrace that mentality!

  • Sydney Power

    Thanks so much for sharing this post. I love your 5 ideas. Being happy is something that has to be embrassed and fine tuned all the time.

  • Samantha

    Yes! I love these ideas! I am an eternal optimist, and my husband tends to be a bit of a pessimist. I think it drives him crazy sometimes, but I tend to be a little happier most of the time than he is. :)

    • Haha, I totally get that! There can definitely be times where it’s tough to be positive but I always try to find some kind of light in situations!

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    Yes to all of these! I love pay it forward the most though. I think this is so important!

    • So glad to hear that! Paying it forward is one of my fave things to do!

  • I love the 3rd tip (I’ve written “Ain’t nobody got time for negativity” in a blog post before lol) so it really resonates with me! I like the idea that you are the average of the of the 5 people you surround yourself with most.

    • Great minds think alike ;) and that’s such a great way to look at it. I think it’s so true!

  • I love that you used a Lion King quote. I just LOVE that movie haha! Totally agree with you about surrounding yourself with positive people! I needed that so much last week and I was so glad I surrounded myself with people who had a postive outlook when I couldn’t be positive myself.

    • Thanks, Amanda :) So glad to hear you had your people around. Positivity is key!

  • thesophiadiaries

    the peace within your past is so true! I find that when I dwell on what I ‘could’ve’ done, I feel a lot more stressed and unhappy, so I absolutely agree!

    • Exactly! Definitely something I’m always working on, but you’ll drive yourself crazy if you’re always worrying about the what-if’s!

  • Being optimistic helps so much with living a happier life!! If you’re always negative your life is never going to be right. Taking care of yourself is key as well. Great list!!

    • Thanks, Mistle! I couldn’t agree more with you!

  • Miss ALK

    Definitely some good tips! I’ve had to practice using a lot of optimism in the last year!!

    xoxo A

    • Optimism is key! I hope it’s been helpful for you!

  • mckenna bleu

    I love this post! These are great! I definitely think these tips can help your lifestyle!

  • Danielle Randall

    Great tips to live by! Forward thinking for a happier life. It take many people their life time to realize what you have summed up in your post!


  • Anna Hubbard

    Surrounding yourself with the right people is so important! These are all great tips!

  • I also think paying it forward & doing random acts of kindness is incredible! I just can’t stand when people do it just to tell others about what they did. I have found if you try to do out of the way, kind things for others just to do them, it brings so much more positive energy to your life xx

    • YES! It really does. And it not only brings happiness for others, but to yourself. It’s a win-win!

  • Yes, yes, yes to taking care of yourself!

  • Yes to all of this! Taking care of yourself & surrounding yourself with the right people are so, so important to a happy life. I mean, really all of these!!

    Molly || Miss Molly Moon

    • Thanks, Molly! Glad to hear you’re on board with all of these too!

  • So many great tips! Making peace with the past is definitely a huge one!

    • Thanks, Silvia! It’s a tough one but huge for sure!

  • Definitely surrounding yourself with good people. I’ve cut ties with so many people who were just down right toxic for my life. It helped my happiness so much!

    • YES! It’s amazing how much influence people have over the way you feel + that amazing feeling once you left the negative ones go!

  • These are such great tips! I love the one about making peace with your past – and not letting those things come back to haunt you! The only reason you should look back is to see how far you’ve come.

    xx katie // a touch of teal

    • Thanks, Katie! Couldn’t agree more with that quote – love it!

  • This brought the biggest smile to my face, haha. YES!! You’re so right about that. Singing in the car + obviously dancing is the best!