101 Ways to Feel Happy on a Daily Basis

101 Ways to Feel Happy on a Daily Basis

    Do you want to feel happy — or even happier — on a daily basis?


    The simple solution is dipping into these 101 quick, easy and free ways to make you feel happy right now. They’ll help you get the big picture on how you can actively seek happiness and start to feel happier every day.

    Once you’ve got started you can add more ideas of your own to make sure you get your daily dose of happiness. Life’s too short to be miserable and there are infinite ways to feel happy, it’s just a case of finding out what makes you feel instantly happy and taking a moment to enjoy those things every day.


    I’ve read enough self-help and personal development books to fill a couple of tea chests, and I’ve traveled all over the world in search of happiness and fulfillment so you don’t have to.

    In the long term living a life which is in tune with your values, doing work you’re passionate about and surrounding yourself with inspiring people will help increase your happiness.


    But in the short term it’s about doing small things to please yourself, choosing activities that raise your happiness levels slowly but surely then keeping them there by repeating the process regularly.

    Here’s the most important stuff you need to do to live in the moment and feel happier every day in one quick list:


    1. Smile.
    2. Connect with nature.
    3. Surround yourself with positive people in person or online.
    4. Do something you’ve always enjoyed.
    5. Do something you’ve never done before but have always wanted to try.
    6. Learn something new.
    7. Smell something that makes you happy: a mandarin, your lover’s perfume, chocolate, you decide.
    8. Reward yourself for your good habits.
    9. Eat something that makes you happy, but not too much if it’s fattening.
    10. Spend time with a good friend.
    11. Touch something that makes you happy: a cat, velvet, the bark of a tree? Take time to notice.
    12. Don’t worry now, worry later.
    13. Say, or sing, something that makes you happy.
    14. Challenge yourself, I dare you.
    15. Look at something that makes you happy.
    16. Stop procrastinating, do something.
    17. Take a small step towards your goal.
    18. Congratulate yourself.
    19. Tell someone you love them.
    20. Do a good deed.
    21. Face your fears.
    22. Read a book you love.
    23. Get outside.
    24. Spend time with inspiring people or read about someone who inspires you.
    25. Clear out your junk, literally.
    26. Let go of negative memories.
    27. Dwell on positive things from your past.
    28. Be creative.
    29. Dare yourself to do something.
    30. Give someone an unexpected gift.
    31. Change your habits just this once, do something unexpected.
    32. Watch the sunset.
    33. Get up for sunrise.
    34. Open a savings account.
    35. Be active.
    36. Plan for success.
    37. Eat something healthy.
    38. Trust your instincts.
    39. Follow your passion.
    40. Throw a party, or plan to soon.
    41. Avoid drama queens and energy suckers, you know who they are.
    42. Write stuff down, keep a diary.
    43. Set a goal.
    44. Clean your house, bit by bit.
    45. Say “no”.
    46. Spend a day alone.
    47. Devote a day to family.
    48. Pick up the phone and call someone you haven’t spoken to for a while.
    49. Wear your favourite outfit.
    50. Be present.
    51. Go for a bike ride.
    52. Do something you loved as a kid that you haven’t done for years.
    53. Forgive someone, especially yourself.
    54. Go slow.
    55. Have a meal somewhere different: try a picnic.
    56. Avoid advertisements.
    57. Pick a bunch of flowers and put them in your house.
    58. Ban all media for the day.
    59. Let something slide.
    60. Display a colorful fruit bowl and eat one or two pieces a day.
    61. Be romantic.
    62. Play a game: try Uno or Monopoly with the kids and chess or poker with your friends.
    63. Make a smoothie.
    64. Have a siesta.
    65. Do something you’ve been putting off.
    66. Dream big.
    67. Start small.
    68. Seek out supportive and like-minded people.
    69. Understand that all things come to an end.
    70. Feed the ducks.
    71. Persevere: pick up something you gave up on.
    72. Start a new habit, a good one.
    73. Look at yourself in the mirror, pick what you like best and flaunt it.
    74. Seek sensuous activities and enjoy them.
    75. Look around for funny things and have a laugh.
    76. Rest up.
    77. Change your routine.
    78. Take a photo, and look back at old ones.
    79. Stretch your body.
    80. Meditate.
    81. Write a mantra.
    82. Focus.
    83. Don’t buy something — and see if you miss it. Put the cash in a savings account instead.
    84. Notice what makes you happy and use it in sad times.
    85. Ignore people who annoy you, stop being with them.
    86. Play hide and seek with some kids.
    87. Put a picture of something you want on your wall.
    88. Tell someone your dreams.
    89. Love yourself.
    90. Be grateful.
    91. Visualise.
    92. Unblock.
    93. Use your brain: try a crossword or sudoku.
    94. Make a good choice.
    95. Acknowledge your feelings.
    96. Go on a journey, long or short.
    97. Talk to someone you wouldn’t normally connect with.
    98. Be grateful for life.
    99. Write a poem.
    100. Teach someone something you know well.
    101. Choose to be happy every day.

    If you haven’t already had your happy fix today, or if you want to feel even happier, try these 101 quick, simple ideas. But maybe not all on the same day.

    What makes you instantly happy?

    (Photo credit: Woman With Smile on Paper via Shutterstock)

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    Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

    If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

    1. Create a daily plan

    Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

    2. Peg a time limit to each task

    Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

    3. Use a calendar

    Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

    Google Calendar is great – I use it. It’s even better if you can sync it to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are.

    Here’s more tips about how to use calendar for better time management: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

    4. Use an organizer

    An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

    Check out these Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools and pick the ones that fit your needs.


    5. Know your deadlines

    When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

    But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

    6. Learn to say “No”

    Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

    Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

    7. Target to be early

    When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

    For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

    Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

    8. Time box your activities

    This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

    You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.


    9. Have a clock visibly placed before you

    Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

    10. Set reminders 15 minutes before

    Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

    Find out more here about how reminders help you remember everything.

    11. Focus

    Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

    Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

    Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

    12. Block out distractions

    What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

    I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

    When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.


    Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

    13. Track your time spent

    Egg Timer is a simple online countdown timer. You key in the amount of time you want it to track (example: “30 minutes”, “1 hour”) and it’ll count down in the background. When the time is up,the timer will beep. Great way to be aware of your time spent.

    But besides Egg Timer, you can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that fits yourself the best.

    14. Don’t fuss about unimportant details

    You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

    Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

    15. Prioritize

    Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

    Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

    16. Delegate

    If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

    When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)


    17. Batch similar tasks together

    For related work, batch them together.

    For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

    1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
    2. coaching
    3. workshop development
    4. business development
    5. administrative

    I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

    18. Eliminate your time wasters

    What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

    One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

    While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

    19. Cut off when you need to

    The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

    Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

    20. Leave buffer time in-between

    Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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