25 Ways to Instantly Boost Your Happiness


1.) Watch an episode of the Ellen Degeneres show or one of her YouTube videos.

2). Watch the documentary Craiglist Joe, about a man who travels across the U.S. without money, relying on other peoples’ kindness for places to stay and eat. Faith in humanity instantly restored.

3). Buy the person behind you in the drive-thru line a cup of coffee. Various studies show that doing kind acts for others boost our own happiness.

4). Look at old childhood photos. No, not online ones if you can help it. The actual hard copies of photos that were not yet “extinct” in the 90s and early 2000s.

5). Start a nice things jar. Every day for a year, write down one nice thing that happens to you. Do not open the jar until the next year.

6). Start a gratitude journal. Each day, write down 5-7 things you are grateful for. It can be as simple as having a good cup of coffee.

7). Try going at least one whole day without using your phone, computer, or [insert other similar technology here]. Just take a day to be in the moment or to actually be with the people around you.

8). Start a bucket list. There is nothing more satisfying than crossing items off your list.

9). Read either Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project or Noelle Hancock’s My Year with Eleanor.

10). Go geocaching! Basically, it is one giant outdoor treasure hunt. You can get the free app on your phone to find local caches near you. There’s nothing better than the feeling of discovering your first cache.

11). Kiss someone at the top of a Ferris wheel or roller coaster. Cliche? Yes. But I’ll bet it will make you feel happy.

12). Look at the stars on the beach at night. No cell phones allowed!

13). Have an Auntie Anne’s pretzel.

14). Listen to classic songs from the 90’s.

15). Watch The Lion King or any Disney movie from your childhood for that matter. Old Mary Kate and Ashley movies work too.

16). Buy a bouquet of fake flowers (in case people are allergic and so the flowers last longer) and hand them out at a nursing home.

17). Get a penpal from a different country than your own.

18). Treat yourself to something: flowers, a mani/pedi, a massage, or an ice cream cone. Don’t forget to love yourself too.

19). Treat yourself to a night at a hotel. Some places have surprisingly great deals and it will feel like a mini-vacation.

20). Visit freerice.com and help stop world hunger. Not only does the website allow you to improve your own vocabulary or learn new languages, but you feed others while playing on the site.

21). Go jet skiing, tubing, on a boat ride, or do some type of water sport.

22). Go for a long drive along a beautiful road.

23). Go to an indoor trampoline park.

24). Have chocolate strawberries.

25). Walk on the boardwalk and buy yourself a large lemonade.

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61 Responses to 25 Ways to Instantly Boost Your Happiness

  1. erikakind says:

    This is wonderful. I love it! Keep it up!!!

  2. kosmogonic says:

    Very uplifting; happiness-inducing, indeed.

  3. Kat says:

    This is awesome, I love the nice things jar idea

  4. sadiecastelli says:

    Reblogged this on finding happiness and commented:
    Love this :). Definitely worth a shot!

  5. Poetry, Politics & Plays says:

    Love these ideas!!! Thank you πŸ™‚

  6. Do a Random Act of Kindness. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It will make 2 persons happy simultaneously.

  7. daphers101 says:

    I love this! Going to try a couple of these out.

  8. JF says:

    You forgot: 0) go to “Pursuit of Happiness” (closetoeighty.wordpress.com)!

  9. tinypeanuts says:

    I love your nice things jar idea. We tend to forget the good and focus on the bad.

  10. pudgsicle says:

    Reblogged this on It's My Life and commented:
    All great ideas πŸ™‚

  11. I loved Craiglist Joe!

  12. yesmorenacko says:

    Reblogged this on EUROPA AND I and commented:
    Recommended Reading!

  13. emmyyama says:

    Reblogged this on Om Sweet Om and commented:
    This relates perfectly to my most recent blog post on our “inner-child!”

    Nicely done πŸ™‚

  14. Reblogged this on krrichardsdotcom and commented:
    Thanks for the freerice tip

  15. amom27 says:

    Reblogged this on Life…..A Work In Progress and commented:
    Hope this makes you happy like it did me!!!!

  16. charjwlee says:

    Love Ellen!! Makes me laugh all the time

  17. Humor_Me_Now says:

    I like the idea about looking at the stars. My wife and I saw movie where a couple did that. Now we want to do it.

  18. simondavidclode says:

    Really? Not one of these is get really drunk and dance?

  19. I love this! thank you for inspiring me xx

  20. flippyzipflop says:

    When I opened your blog I knew instantly that this is very similar to what I have in store for my blog. I want to motivate people, I want to inspire them, and show them that what you put out, you get back. I know this because this is exactly what wee do. Love your posts, your blog, the whole concept. I look forward to reading more!!

  21. Great list! I especially like #5 — never thought of doing that and want to. No, will! Thanks for this and all the other good ideas!

  22. John Castle says:

    I did all you wrote in that list and I’m still sad. What else can I do?

  23. charjwlee says:

    Going to try the nice things jar idea

  24. harassme says:

    #5 is a great idea, and #7 is always welcome. I detest becoming slave to technology.

  25. theresalom says:

    I like your thinking! I am feeling happier by just reading this list. Have a fabulous day πŸ™‚

  26. binisun says:

    I love that list!! πŸ™‚

  27. K says:

    Reblogged this on A Life Lived and commented:
    I think I could use this as a guide to happiness. HAHA. Thanks! πŸ˜€

  28. Rama's Mama says:

    Very nice post. I needed this today. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  29. SandysJar says:

    Reblogged this on Ideas in My Jar and commented:
    Happiness should always be boosted

  30. Patricia says:

    Love this!! Thanks for sharing!

  31. I like this list because you chose simple things that can be done in a very short amount of time.

  32. monal1sa says:

    Reblogged this on monal1sa and commented:
    Really like this post. Stay happy everyone πŸ™‚

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