The Science of Motivation

10 Really Simple Tips To Make You Happy Right Now

In our search for happiness, we often overthink things. Most of us probably think we need to spend a lot of money to be happy. If you’ve got the money, then good for you. However, for those who don’t want to go bankrupt just to get a brief moment of happiness, check out these ten simple tips to bring a smile to your face:

1.   Smile like you mean it

A fake smile is quite easy enough to produce. The trick to producing a real smile is to think about something positive, like a happy or funny thought. You'll find yourself smiling in no time at all. 

2.   Indulge with your favorite dessert

Love chocolate cake? How about candy? If you feel like you’ve been depriving yourself of life’s simple pleasures, then by all means, go out there and grab a bite of your favorite snack. Even diets have cheat days, you know.

3.   Be grateful for what you have

Think about what you’re going to do if you lose everything that’s good in your life. Won’t it crush you? It probably will. So, be thankful and be grateful for the things and the people who make your life worthwhile.

4.   Live in the now

Don’t get caught up in the past or fantasize too much about the future. Look around you and focus on something that can make you happy instantly.

5.   Seek inspiration

There are plenty of places where you can get inspiration. There’s YouTube and TED Talks, podcasts and books, and so much more!  

6.   Make someone else happy

Don’t just focus on yourself. If you know someone who can use your help, go out there and help them out.

7.   Road trip!

Sometimes you just need to take a break from your present environment. Don’t be afraid to recharge and escape into the countryside or the mountains or the beach.

8.   Treat yourself 

You know what’s going to make you happy. If you’re not hurting anyone, go for it and treat yourself to something nice, like a relaxing body massage, for instance.

9.   Watch something funny

Watch old re-runs or go on YouTube and look for popular comedy channels. A few funny videos can do wonders for your state of mind!

10.  Get some sleep!

Sleep deprivation can do more harm than good. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep, so you don’t spend the next day sleepy and grumpy!

Thanks for reading, and for more check out the post on the benefits to your health from taking a vacation:  The Power of a Vacation