It’s not always easy to be happy. And no one is meant to be happy all the time. However, some methods can help to boost your general mood and demeanor. Taking steps to care for your mental health and find ways to be happy can improve so many areas of your life.

Today, we’ve compiled some great tips that can help you to improve your mental health. It’s never easy to change to focus on the positive. It takes around two months to form a habit. But if you stay committed to yourself, nothing can stop you from feeling the way that you want to feel.

Let’s get into those tips on how to be happy:

Smile

Smiling more is something you should do to take care of yourself. We completely believe that the moods you set up for yourself are what shape much of your life. If your default is to frown and be miserable, that feeling will follow. But if you switch your default to being upbeat and positive, that feeling is sure to catch on.

While you’ve probably heard weirdos telling you to smile more, out of benevolent sexism. This absolutely not what we’re talking about here. Instead, smiling should be entirely for your benefit. It’s simply proven that the more you smile, the better you feel.

Smiling actually gives you a boost of dopamine, which is our feel-good neurotransmitter. So it can send some friendly signals to your brain to start being happier.

There’s no reason to go around with a fake smile on if you’re not feeling it. You should remain true to your emotions, and process it when something awful happens. But chances are, that doesn’t happen every day. When you’re on a fair day, it’s best to think positive and allow the best scenarios to come forth.

But an excellent way to implement more smiles is by smiling at yourself every time you see your reflection. It will help boost your mood, and it can increase your self-love. Confidence is the number one way to improve your overall success. If you invest in yourself, others can much more easily invest in you.

Get Enough Sleep and Exercise

Everyone has trouble being happy when they’re exhausted. And you shouldn’t exhaust yourself from too little sleep or too much exercise. We’re supposed to get at least seven hours of sleep at night, and eight or nine hours is better recommended. So please, don’t skimp out on sleep. It’s better to resist staying up too late on Netflix and social media. As easy as it is to get into a bad schedule, please don’t. Put in the work to have a great sleep schedule, with proper nights and mornings.

If you’re not sleeping enough, check out The Best Methods for Dealing with Insomnia.

But also, it’s good to exercise. This doesn’t mean that you have to go out and train for a marathon. Just a five minute workout or doing some stretches can really boost your endorphins and dopamine, both of which are feel-good neurotransmitters. You shouldn’t try to push your body to the brink, as too much is almost worse than none. Instead, exercise within your skills and interests, and see how the effects make you happier.

Practice Gratitude

When people say that “gratitude is the attitude”, they’re not wrong.

Expressing your gratitude can really help you increase your contentedness with life and happiness. Just by writing out three or more things that you’re grateful for each day is a great starting place. And if you aren’t grateful already, now is the time to start. We promise you, as bad as your day can be, there was some little moment down the line worth celebrating.

If you can’t think of anything that you’re grateful for, start with the basics that you don’t usually think about, such as:

  • “I’m grateful that I have clean air to breathe.”
  • “I’m grateful for my clothes.”
  • “I’m grateful for my life.”

These are not things to slouch on! You should not overlook how many blessings are found in your average life. Even meeting the basic needs of food, water and shelter is practically winning the lottery. Showing some gratitude for them will do your worldview some favors.

You can even write these things down in a journal. So you can go back to them when you’re feeling down.

Give People Compliments

Of course, make sure your compliments are genuine. You shouldn’t kiss up to someone you don’t like. But when there’s something you genuinely appreciate in a friend, acquaintance, or even a stranger, go ahead and say it! They’ll surely appreciate it, and likely follow it up with something they like about you. It’s a fabulous way to cause a chain reaction in positivity. Remember the golden rule- treat others as you wish to be treated.

For example, if you think a stranger’s lipstick is popping, don’t be afraid to tell her. Giving other people compliments can make you feel a lot better because it means that you’re spreading the joy. Acts of kindness are always great for mental well-being.

Don’t Ignore Unhappy Moments

Often, people think that being happy means that you have to ignore the things that upset you. This is not the case. Part of being happy is being able to deal with difficult situations healthily. Bottling issues and negative feelings up is not the way to be happier. 

Instead, try and journal to organize your feelings. Or talk to a caring friend who can help you get to the root of your problem. Try to pinpoint what upset you and how you can feel better about it. 

For example, if someone has enraged you, think of healthy ways that you can cope with your feelings. It may feel justified to hold a grudge. But holding grudges really hurts you more than it hurts the person you’re mad at. Definitely cut your losses when people are toxic. But you can let the negative feelings go for your benefit.


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