Happy Things

Happy Things

Finding Joy in the Little Things

Life can often feel overwhelming, with its stresses and struggles weighing us down. Yet even in the toughest of times, we can find moments of happiness if we know where to look. The key is appreciating the simple pleasures around us – a warm cup of tea on a cold morning, the laughter of friends, the purr of a cat curled up on our lap.

Counting Your Blessings

Cultivating an ‘attitude of gratitude’ has been scientifically proven to boost mood and outlook. Take time each day to actively note a few things you’re grateful for – it could be something as basic as having a safe place to sleep or food on the table. Over time, this practice wires our brains to be more attuned to the positives around us.

Practicing Self-Care

With busy lives, it’s easy to burn out if we don’t take care of our mental and physical health. Simple self-care rituals like taking relaxing baths, getting a good night’s rest, eating nutritious meals, or going for a walk outdoors can nourish us from the inside out. When we feel our best physically, it’s easier to feel happier emotionally.

Being Kind to Ourselves

Many of us are far kinder to other people than we are to ourselves. We would never speak to friends the way our inner critic sometimes berates us. Instead, treat yourself with the same patience, empathy and compassion you would offer loved ones – it may just change your perspective.

Seeking Out Community

Humans are wired for connection. Studies show that having positive social relationships and a sense of belonging boosts wellbeing significantly. Make spending time with supportive friends and family a priority. Or join local clubs and community groups around hobbies you’re passionate about to find your ‘tribe’.


What are some simple ways to be happier?

Some easy ways to boost happiness include practicing gratitude, self-care, cultivating positive relationships, being kind to yourself, appreciating the small joys around you and seeking out laughter and play.

Why is it important to take care of myself?

Taking care of your physical, mental and emotional health helps prevent burnout so you have the resilience to handle life’s ups and downs. It also boosts mood naturally.

How can I be more grateful in my daily life?

Keep a gratitude journal where you jot down a few things you’re thankful for each day. Share what you’re grateful for with loved ones. Take time to thank people who have helped you. Notice the little blessings around you more.

What are fun ways to connect with my community?

Join a local hobby group or volunteer organization to find people who share your interests. Go to community events and chat with neighbors. Organize a games night or potluck dinner and invite new friends over.

How do I practice more self-compassion?

Be as kind and patient with yourself as you would a good friend. Notice negative self-talk and reframe it in a more supportive way. Do things that nourish you when you’re struggling. Forgive yourself for mistakes.