Inside: Add a few of these simple habits for a happier life and see how much joy they bring to each day!

All of us want to live a happier life. 

And we think we know what we need to get there.

Some people think they need love to achieve a happy life.

Others? They think money holds the key to happiness.

But what if I told you that you could live a happier life by embracing some simple habits? It might sound too easy to be true, but habits can have a powerful impact on our lives.

By incorporating the right ones into our routine – and saying goodbye to negative habits that aren’t helping us – we can breathe more freely, smile more, and ultimately be happier.

If you’re looking to live a happier life, keep reading to see how a few simple habits can have a huge impact.

simple habits for a happier life

Can Simple Habits Really Help Me Live a Happier Life?

Habits are pretty amazing.

By taking small, repeatable actions and finding ways to incorporate them into your daily routine, you can totally transform your life, improve your mood, and boost your overall well being. 

But how? How can habits have such a big impact?

It’s simple. Through automating our actions, habits make the things we do easy – in some cases, effortless. By embracing healthy habits that improve our happiness, we make it easy to do the things that enrich our lives and ultimately put us in a better mood. 

And by incorporating some simple habits into your life, you’ll find it surprisingly easy – once those habits are established, of course – to experience more joy and happiness. 

Live a Happier Life With These Simple Habits

Not sure what habits you can try to live a happier life?

Try incorporating a few of these simple habits into your daily routine:

simple habits for a happier life

1. Move every day.

Some people dread the thought of working out. But there’s no denying the numerous benefits physical activity can bring to your physical and mental health. From boosting your cardiovascular health and building your muscles to improving your mood, there are truly endless reasons to exercise.

By making movement a daily habit, you can give yourself a little boost of endorphins – your body’s very own dose of happiness. Play tennis with a friend, go rock climbing, or just dance around your bedroom to your favorite music. As long as you get your heart rate up and your body moving, you’re doing it right. 

Being active doesn’t mean pounding the gym every chance you get. It’s more about being active in general.

Of course, while gym sessions are great you can equally become more active by choosing to walk places instead of driving. You can consider many different exercise options that will do different things for your body. Things like yoga, swimming, running, or walking the dog can all have a positive effect on your general health. 

Helpful Hint – Make it a mission to just be more active. Start with just ten minutes a day. Anyone can find that time to be more active. You can even choose to do it at home if you wish, such as using platforms like YouTube to follow along with a workout or dance routine. 

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2. Embrace a morning ritual.

Starting each day with a simple morning ritual can be an easy way to live a happier life. 

Some people benefit from a movement-focused morning ritual. Walking the dog around the block, doing some simple stretches in your living room, or heading to the gym for an a.m. workout are all excellent ways to start your day. 

Or you can slowly sip your coffee as you read a book. Spend ten minutes writing in your journal. Meditate. Pray. Your morning ritual can be anything you want it to be – as long as it puts you in a good mood and benefits your overall well-being. 

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3. Eat mindfully.

Many of us are guilty of eating without really thinking about what we’re doing. We mindlessly snack while watching our favorite TV shows and squeeze in a few bites of breakfast while multitasking.

Try turning off autopilot and embracing the habit of mindful eating.

Eating mindfully takes a bit of effort, but it’s a habit worth building. You’ll be surprised to see just how much more you enjoy what you’re eating when you actually focus on appreciating everything on your plate and savoring each bite. 

Not only will eating mindfully help you live a happier life, but it’ll also help you live a healthier life, too. The habit of eating mindfully can make it easier to recognize when you’re full, curbing overeating.

And as we spend more time actually focusing on what we’re putting into our bodies, we often evaluate our choices and lean toward more nutritious options.

The food we nourish our bodies with can have a lasting effect on our lifestyle. Eating too many sugary foods can have a big impact on our skin. Just like eating too many fatty foods can have an effect on our weight.

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So take a look at your diet and see where you need to make some changes. It’s not about putting yourself on any of those extreme diets. It’s more about fueling your body with everything it needs to function properly.

This is when you should consider a balanced diet. Increasing your intake of fruit, vegetables, protein, and good carbohydrates is a great place to start. Try and save those sugary and fatty foods as treats.

Helpful hint – If you feel like your diet isn’t great right now, don’t try and change everything right away. Start with cutting one bad thing out, or increasing one sort of food instead.

For example, cut out the chocolate and increase your fruit intake. Next, reduce the meat you eat and try more vegetarian options. You will find this easier to stick to.  

4. Limit time on social media.

If you’re in the habit of spending hours scrolling through Instagram or watching videos on TikTok, you might want to put a cap on the amount of time you’re letting yourself get lost in other peoples’ lives and make a habit of putting down your phone. 

Social media has been proven to be not-so-great for our mental health. By spending less time browsing your feeds, you’re spending more time on your well-being and overall happiness.

That doesn’t mean you have to quit completely. But it is important to be intentional with when and how you’re using social media. It may be time to declutter your feed and unfollow some people.

5. Practice gratitude.

Gratitude is an incredibly powerful emotion – one we should all strive to experience as often as possible. 

Make the practice of gratitude a habit by incorporating a little gratitude into each and every day. One easy way to build that habit? A gratitude journal.

While you can buy products with that specific name, you can also use any old notebook or even an app on your phone. Simply make a point of writing down at least three things each day that you’re grateful for.

And don’t rush through the exercise, either. Give yourself a minute to really think about the things you’re grateful for.

Why are you grateful for those things? What makes them so special? How do they impact your life? Really embrace the feeling.

You’ll be amazed to see how easy it can be to shift your mindset to a happier place with a little bit of gratitude. Practicing gratitude regularly will improve your life.

6. Make tidiness a habit with the one-touch rule.

Living in a messy, cluttered space can have a negative impact on your mental health – whether or not you actually recognize it. It’s important to stay on top of chores and keep things neat, but let’s be honest. At the end of a long day, cleaning up is the last thing most of us want to do.

By making the one-touch rule a habit, you can keep clutter and mess at a minimum without a ton of time or effort. 

The rule is simple – if you’re going to touch something, you can only touch it one time. 

Bringing in the mail? Don’t just toss it down on the counter. Sort it, get rid of the junk, and put the rest where it belongs so you don’t have to move it again. 

Finished with that book? Put it back on the shelf – don’t just leave it on the coffee table to put away later.

Taking off your jacket when you come home from work? Hang it up – don’t throw it on the back of a chair. 

Not only will you be happier about your less cluttered surroundings, but you’ll also be happier that you have less to clean up when it’s time to tidy the house. 

Daily decluttering habits will help to keep your space clutter-free so you can enjoy your home more!

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7. Do an act of kindness.

A sure-fire simple habit for a happier life is to do something nice for someone else. It’s easy to go through your day focused on yourself and all the things you need to accomplish.

When you intentionally step outside of that to consider others, you may find that even a simple gesture will go a long way in making someone else’s day and improving your own.

Showing kindness can reduce stress as well as increase levels of serotonin and oxytocin. Not only do you feel good about doing something kind for someone else, but it also can improve their day so that they pass it along to others.

In our me-centered culture, it takes effort and intention to look for ways you can do something kind for someone else. But those actions will help make the world a better place and it’s a simple habit that will lead to a happier life.

What habits have helped you live a happier life? Leave a comment and let me know!

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11 Comments

  1. I think the habit that has stuck with me lifelong is putting things away when I am done with them. I don’t have to hunt for anything because it’s where it is supposed to be. This habit includes clearing up as I go in the kitchen, putting things away as I finish with them, and putting utensils in the sink so the counter is clear. There is no mess, no muddle. All is serene.

  2. Great set of habits to consider. I especially like the suggestion to do something purposeful to help someone else. It’s easy to focus on creating and doing our “to-do” lists without dropping in a few items that would help someone else. I’ve noticed lately that even a “how are you doing/holding up okay?”text, call email to a friend you know has a lot on his/ her plate can make that person remember that they aren’t tackling the world on their own.

  3. I really enjoy reading your site. It is inspirational and empowering to get me to change my ways and declutter. It has been a slow process for me however, every little action helps and I feel happy.
    Thankyou.

  4. Definitely a morning routine! I get up at 5.30 every weekday and go to a group fitness class at my gym. It sets my intention for the day and makes me energised and I get my movement/training in before anything or anyone else hijacks my day! I find it much harder to garner enthusiasm later in the day. I definitely want to work on reducing social media scrolling! Such a time suck/procrastination tool. I love the idea of the ‘one touch’ rule.

  5. Thank you for these simple routines. I do all these things. First thing when I wake up in the morning 🌄 is be thankful to God that I woke up. I read the daily reading of the Mass for the day. Now that I’m retired, I take my time getting up in the morning and catch up with the news then after breakfast I attend to my garden and yard.I mow my lawn for my own exercise, go to my gym sit at Sauna room 2x a week for cardio. I volunteer with local group and volunteer at church attend Mass on daily service 2x a wk. Take care of a 91 year old aunt twice a week 6hrs each day .When I visit my aunt, I recite my Rosary.
    In the night before i sleep I thank God that I was able to do what I need to do for the day.. Daily routine is my exercise 💪 🙏🏻

  6. The morning routine has been good.
    Wake up 4:45 am in morning and do morning prayers for 15 minutes every day.
    It’s been so good.

  7. I have a habit of every time I get out of my car someplace other than home I grab the trash in my door and dump it in the trashcan going into those stores. When I get home all I have to grab are the things I need to take in the house. And my car stays clean!
    If grand children are with me I tell them the same thing, “grab the trash let’s dump it on the way in to the store”.

  8. I make a rule that no more than three things are allowed to stay on top of nightstand, dresser, bathroom or counter top in kitchen. If I keep these areas clear , it just gives me a feeling of clean and neat.
    I remember something Nancy Reagan said about drugs but I apply it to food when I reach for that treat. “ Just say No”. We can control our eating most of the time if we try.

  9. No wonder I feel joy in my heart!!! My daily habits entail all of these!!! An attitude of gratitude is essential and giving yourself some time in the morning sets the atmosphere for one’s day! Helping others is the best emotional and spiritual “habit” that gives me more joy and peace of mind! Keeping life “simple” by eating “real and clean food” moving in motions that bring you joy( for me it’s dancing and swimming), and minimizing and tiding of my home and belongings also help to keep that “ balance” in life! Life is not perfect and the days that I become “off track” I give myself grace and continue on with my extremely blessed life!!

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