Happiness is the state of well-being and contentment. The definition of happiness differs from person to person. The ways to be happy also differ. For you it may be the achievements you want, the freedom you want or the helpful friends and relatives around you. 

Happiness is not in our control but you can do certain practices in life that help to become happy. No one has the exact answer of how to be happy. In this busy and competitive world people are suffering from depression and anxiety.

a group of beautiful girls smiling, being happy

 Around 16.2 million U.S. adults had at least one major depressive. This represents 6.7 percent of the U.S. adult population who are suffering from depression. 

People are in search of happiness. First thing is you need to learn how to be happy yourself. We are here to discuss some 10 ways how to be happy happy, applicable for most of the people .

1. Smile

You smile when you become happy . Making yourself smile causes the brain to release dopamine that makes you happier. It doesn’t mean you always have to fake a smile always. 

You can force yourself to think about the things or events that bring you a happy mood. Start every morning with a smile looking at the mirror. 

2. Exercise

Doing exercises is the best ways to make yourself happy. It”s not only needed for your physical body. It is also equally important for mental health. Simple regular exercise like walking, jogging, jumping rope or sports helps to reduce stress, anxiety and depression .

You can start by walking in the morning with friends or loved ones which boost your self esteem and happiness. Dancing and zumba are also the best exercise for your interest and health. 

3. Healthy food

We all think that food has a direct impact on physical health whereas some food can affect your mental state. Carbohydrates release serotonin, a hormone that makes you feel good.

Foods rich in protein release dopamine and norepinephrine, which boost energy and concentration. Highly processed or deep-fried foods make you feel down. So it is better to avoid such food. 

These foods will help you to be happy by boosting your mood

Quinoa, Salmon, Mushrooms , Dark chocolate. …

B6 vitamins – poultry, leafy greens, beef. …

vegetables, beans, and whole grains

Lean meat, poultry, legumes, and dairy

4. Get enough sleep

Sleep is necessary for humans because it gives rest to your body and mind. A good sleep is necessary for good health, brain function, and emotional well-being.

For adult people, 7 to 8 hours of sleep is necessary . You can take a nap if your mind is tired. Try to limit it to 20 minutes.

If you have a problem with not falling asleep at night you can try some methods or consult with an expert. Give your mind a break from time to time so that you won’t feel frustrated and exhausted.

5. Show kindness

Being kind to others makes  you feel more satisfied. You can give a genuine compliment on someone’s appearance or success. You both can share happiness.

Being kind to someone costs zero . In Fact you will feel grateful yourself.

6. Make friends 

Humans are social beings so we need friends, family and relatives to share our happiness and sadness. If you feel lonely or sad spend time with your friends or talk to them. Have some gut to share with those that you couldn’t. It makes you feel relieved and happy. Make friends with quality not quantity. 

If you are fond of pets you can keep them because companionship is not limited to humans it can be with pets too.

7. Be close with nature

A study has shown that spending 30 minutes or more in a week with green nature helps to lower blood pressure and depression. Green space can be around your backyard or nearby park. 

Travelling is the best ways to make yourself happy, better to go on a long tour with nature. Hiking with nature is the best option for making yourself free from stress and improves your mood. 

a boy hiking in nature.

8. Meditation 

Meditation is a way of life. It increases the chemical levels that make you feel good like endorphins and serotonin. Your mind gets relaxed which also helps in relaxing your mind. 

Start with five minute meditation a day. This five minutes will create a huge difference in your mood. As you feel comfortable you increase the length of your practice. 

Also read. Do you know if you are suffering from depression ?

9. Accept imperfection

Everyone wants to be perfect and search for perfection in everything. We push ourselves to the best. But the truth is nothing and no one is fully perfect. We should embrace the imperfection which is a part of our life . 

Trying to be the perfect one may result in losing the real you and you might be the fake person trying to be perfect in front of others. Accepting  how you are, who you are is the biggest achievement for yourself.

Accept that life is imperfect, so you are and realize the  beauty and grace in that imperfection.

10. Listen to music

Music and moods are closely related . Listening to music makes our brain release dopamine and makes you feel good. Listening to happy or sad songs makes you sad or happy accordingly.

A happy song can improve your mood and boost happiness.   

These are the tips on how to be happy again.




I am Bhishan Rai . I am a fitness trainer, blogger and currently working on lafemmefitness.


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