8 Ideas to Be Happy: Your Happiness Guide

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Happiness is subjective, it is a state of mind that differs from person to person. Isn’t it? The things that make John happy, may not be the same for Robert! So, how do you define happiness and the ideas to be happy?

Do feelings have a definition? No, they don’t! A feeling is a state of emotional reactions to certain stimuli, well without going too much into ‘psychology lingo’, let us stick to the topic of Happiness. For me, happiness is watching my favorite childhood cartoon series on Netflix. Or wearing my old jeans that fit again very nicely (without any squeezing or tummy tucker).

“You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren’t happy in one place, chances are you won’t be happy anyplace.”

—Ernie Banks

We all make our choices, some follow their heart, and a few trust our grey cells over the heart. Happiness is a right mix of our emotional and mental well being. More to do with subconscious calling, I would say 🙂

8 Best Ideas to be Happy –

1. Stay Positive – Practice smiling more and Positive Affirmations:

I have had my share of emotional turmoils, nervous breakdowns, and mild depression in one life. Being a sensitive person, other’s reactions to my actions, effected directly, and brutally in the past. I suffered alone, as no one would understand the emotional dilemmas in my head. Logically speaking, I was a mess but then reality struck, and self-realization taught me to be in control of my emotions and feelings.

Positive Affirmations as one of the best ideas to be happy – We are what we think, words have the power to change our attitude towards life. Positive affirmations and strong ‘positive’ words that make us believe in them by repeating them over and over again.

‘It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.’

– Muhammad Ali
  • I am responsible for my own happiness.
  • I am happy.
  • All my dreams come true.
  • This is given to me for a greater good.
  • I CHOOSE to be happy.
best ideas to be happy

2. Skill Sufficient; give yourself an upgrade –

During my placement days, I often wondered; why every job resume questions about ‘hobby’? What has my leisure time got to do with my work-life?

With life and time, I learned the real reason to have a hobby/skill for yourself. I love reading, books were my only solace (were – as life and kid took over as task numero uno) reading books eventually developed my writing skills. Words flow easily and sequences form in the head without much effort, thanks to piles of books I read all those years ago.

Develop a skill set to invite happiness in life, when you do something only for yourself; happiness follows. *tried and tested ideas to be happy.

3. Communicate positively and kindly –

Be KIND to others is a way of being GOOD to yourself.

– Harold S Kushner

Be kind and empathetic to others. Sorry. Please. Thank You and called ‘golden words’ for a reason. When you bring kindness in your tone and acts with others, the gesture creates a ripple effects making you happy in return. Treat others the same way, you wish to be treated.

4. Walk –

I remember reading an article not so long ago on the New York Times about ‘Get up and Move. It May Make You Happier.’ Since this lockdown has been announced, most of us are confined to your homes and daily chores. Stress has longer tentacles than we can ever imagine, negative mood, sadness, a feeling of vastness, these are symptoms of an anxious mind. Walking helps relax those muscles and nerves.

Walk at least for 15 to 20 minutes a day, you will see a change in your mood, and health. There are lot of researches conducted on how exercise and physical activities contain depression and anxiety. So, next time when you feel low or sad, just wear your running shows and go for a walk.

5. Social Media Detox –

Time to time detox from social media helps in happy living. Social media is an integral part of our lives today, the urge of checking notifications every time the phone beeps is an anxious habit.

Counting on the number of likes, shares, and other regular features have left us vulnerable. But, deleting social media isn’t a solution. I am sure you wouldn’t like to be back-in-stone-age trans, but the usage of social media can be curtailed by time-management and digital detox days.

6. Choose your inner circle wisely –

A cliche! but holds the secret of joy and happiness in life. Your inner circle is the close-knit relations that have the strength to make and break you as a person.

While all our friends are dear, but we have to consciously pick only those who are true to – ‘friend in need is a friend indeed‘ saying. It may sound cynical, but the truth is – this is a thumb rule of being happy.

7. Meditation – mantra of calm body and mind –

We all have heard or read about the benefits of meditation, it is essential for happy body and mind. Start with 10 minutes of meditation slowly building up-to 30 minutes and more. Meditation relaxes anxious nerves and helps us connect with the body, mind and spirit.

Listen to light music, think positive thoughts, and add gratitude to your meditation routine.

Video Source – Dalai Lama’s Guide to Happiness YouTube

8. Celebrate your life and happiness –

Every happy moment in the life is worth celebrating, be thankful and grateful of what life has given us. Congratulate yourself for every achievement no matter how small and big. Most importantly be kind to yourself.

Final Verdict – Happiness is a choice, you will find many reasons to be unhappy or find faults in your stars, but being happy is worth living for.

This post is written for SpeakEasy Blogging Challenge which I am co-hosting with my lovely friend Ruchi Verma (wigglingpen).

The idea of this blogging challenge is to spread happiness and cheer among the community and also to boost up our blog. We have 27 SpeakEasy challengers onboard, and we will spread various shades of happiness and positivity for the next 15days in your life.

If you wish to be part of this challenge (honorary), please read, comment, and share the posts with #SpeakEasyWithRuchiNDips on your social networking. Remember, happiness doubles with sharing!

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  1. I agree that these tips really bring happiness but one which you mentioned is so important at times and that is social media detox, we all need to do that and spend that time with the family creating memories!!

  2. Truly Happiness can be very simple when we start stating it. Social media detox and meditation plays a huge role for me to be happy.

    1. Yes, short breaks are necessary and help us get back to basics.

  3. Truly said, happiness is subjective. We have to find happiness around us and not at the level unreachable to us. Loved reading:)

    1. Thank you for stopping by, much appreciated.

  4. Happiness is one of the most beautiful emotions we experience. But quite often we forget the beauty of it and get in the habit of judging, complaining, and comparing. And down the line our definition of happiness start to fade. Once we start realizing what matters for us, what brings smile on our face then I don’t think we will find it difficult.

    1. Couldn’t agree more! Thank you for stopping by.

  5. The real test of one’s character is when the situation is tough. It is certainly not easy then to feel happy because situations compel us to feel sombre. But being happy is a choice. And acceptance. There are going to be situations beyond control but how one approaches those situations is within one’s control. The lockdown has taught me this. And exercise and reading keep me very happy. I become unconscious of my surroundings and I am in a different world.

    1. I absolutely resonate with your feelings/views. Happiness is a conscious decision and choice that needs to be made and practiced every day to build up into a belief.

  6. You’ve highlighted some great points here. I think one important thing for achieving happiness is Love or Affection. it brings ultimate joy in life.

    1. Thank you so much, glad you like it

  7. I completely agree.. Emotions are a state of mind. For me walking is a stress buster and keeps me happy through out the day!

    1. Walking or light cardi really helps, the adrenaline helps burst out happy hormones.

    2. True, thank you for stopping by.

  8. Ekdum sahi kaha 👍👍
    Sabhi points bahut sahi n useful hai… Sharing with my watsapp group too 😊

    1. Thank you so much Aunty 🙂 mera post ka link de deejiyega, thoda traffic bhi aa jaayega 🙂

  9. I think in today’s digital era social media detox is a must. Scientifically, exercise helps us to be happy as they release endorphins or happy hormones. You are bang on with all the pointers. For me meditation helps to stay content.

    1. I agree, and follow these tips regularly. Thank you for stopping by.

  10. Truly great tips. Meditation is helping me to keep afloat during these negative times. Trying new recipes and gardening has also helped me a lot in staying positive.

    1. Keeping yourself busy helps a lot in pursuit of happiness.

  11. I thoroughly enjoyed your post Dipika. The tips were really helpful. They are easy to implement but will impact great. Loved it. Happiness is celebrating yourself.

    1. Thank you so much, Swarnali. Glad you like it.

  12. All the points are so relevant, Dipika. I know it’s not easy to smile in every situation but when you try, it calms you so much. Also, it is so important to revive your hobby every now for it only gives you those happy moments that your profession may not.

    1. I so much agree to that, Geet. Positive Affirmations and practice smiling helps train the brain to remain happy. Thank you so much for stopping by.

    2. Yes it isn’t at all but positive affirmations and practicing smile help a lot. Thank you for stopping by.

  13. Happiness is subjective but yet there are ways to bring that happiness in life. Some good pointers to experience happiness in life.

    1. Thank you so much, glad to know you reckon.

  14. Completely agree with what you. Happiness is indeed subjective to every person but again practicing these eight wonderful steps will lead to a positive and better individual, thereby creating a very happy environment for him/her.

    What a wonderful post indeed to begin your mornings!

    1. Thank you so much, glad it is helpful.

  15. Celebrating life is the most important point. Cause if there is life then there will successes and failures. I try to do it.. Social media detox well being a media professional it screws my happiness. But highly suggested for others who aren’t in media-related fields.

    1. Hahah! I understand, but we can also time it or schedule it in such a way that won’t hamper the pursuit of happiness.

  16. Very true, happiness is our choice. How we perceive our surroundings has an influence on how we feel. Watching cartoons is the easiest therapy that I also use to be happy.

    1. Thank you, glad you like it

  17. Love the write up. Yes, it is very important to choose our inner circle wisely. It has big impact on our life.

    1. It does, and I have consciously made that effort. Thank you for stopping by.

  18. Well picked pointers Dipika , recently I too got back my reading habit on track and it really gives immense Happiness. Thank you so much Dipika and Ruchi for bringing this amazing challenge of happiness for us!!

  19. That’s a nice compilation. Though I truly recommend developing a skill or hobby and gratitude prayer . And yes these days I say this to my 6 yo that treat others the way you wish to be treated.

  20. I agree with you, Dipika. Happiness is a choice that we have to make for ourselves. Positive affirmations help a lot, I’ve started doing that recently and I’ve noticed a huge change in my thought process. Love all the ideas you have shared to bring happiness in life.

  21. There have been times where things were getting tough for me but I was always trying to stay happy with what I have ignored what was making me sad. Happiness lies within we have to garner it

    1. Thank you for stopping by and glad you like it

  22. Happiness is very significant, I loved your recommendations as I myself follow these points religiously buddy

  23. True to your name, you have spilled your heart out on this post. My favorite line is the lat line, its really a choice whether we want to keep blaming our stars or find true happiness within. Very happy to be part of this challenge

  24. I live reading your article. The most I agree with is choosing your inner circle. Not all the people are happy with your success. One thing I want to adapt in life from your article is, walk! Never I tried this but would love to!

    1. Inner circle and your people help a lot. Thank you for stopping by.

  25. Such basic yet perfect tips. The sorry, please thank you but is my favourite because filmy dialogues attempted to take that out of our life.

    1. Thank you so much, glad you liked it.

  26. The times we are living in, such posts are a must. What a happy read this was, it brought a smile on my face 🙂 . Social media detox is a must and meditation definitely helps, saying it with my own experience. Love these tips you have shared.

  27. Your post resonated with my feelings right from the start, if we cant find happiness within ourselves we won’t be happy anywhere. Your tips are very helpful which I do follow but affirmations are something I should work on.

    1. Thank you so much stopping by, affirmations help a lot. Tried and Tested

  28. Beautiful affirmations!

  29. I simply LOVED the way you have outlined all the 8 ideas to be happy. But the one that stole my heart was: Skill Sufficient; give yourself an upgrade. This lockdown has taught us how a hobby or skill can keep our mind occupied and allow us to be happy.
    Thank you for making me part of #SpeakEasyWithRuchiNDips. Looking forward to a great season!

  30. Now after reading this post I had realized why I had felt such a heartfelt connection with you..I am also an overemotional person and so many times, had a hard time in my life because of other people’s action and behavior..like you, I had also learnt the way to deal with my over emotional state. loved all the tips dear, you had shared in this post. and luckily, I follow most of them. indeed a great post for theme.

    1. Touche! I am fortunate to have known you, thanks to blogging. Glad you liked the post, Surbhi

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