21 Little Ways to Live a Happy Life Today

by Alexandra Weisser in Lifestyle / 32 Comments

Happy International Day of Happiness!

Being happy is about living in the present moment and enjoying the little things about this beautiful life. I encourage you to take some time today to forget about the big picture and just focus on the things that make you happy right here, right now, in this very moment. Today is a day to acknowledge the good things in this world and to celebrate them! Even the smallest mood-booster can make a huge change in how you feel. I challenge you today (and every day!) to live a happy life in every single way you can. Shake those feelings of “I’ll be happy when I…” and decide that you are happy, NOW! What are some ways that you can be happy today?

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Here are 21 little ideas for how you can live your happy life today:

1.) Smile!

2.) Enjoy a hot cup of tea

3.) Go for a walk outside in nature

4.) Watch a feel-good movie (Rom Coms of course, hello When Harry Met Sally)

5.) Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure

6.) Have lunch with a friend you haven’t seen in a while

7.) Play a card or board game with your family or friends

8.) Relax with a long, luxurious, bubble bath

9.) Make your favorite dinner

10.) Read a few chapters in a good book (I, of course,recommend The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin)

11.) Meditate for 10-15 minutes or do a guided meditation

12.) Go to sleep early so you can have a restful night

13.) Exercise for 30 minutes for a dopamine rush

14.) Create an art project

15.) Call or write to some friends that don’t live nearby

16.) Do a random act of kindness for a complete stranger

17.) Recite some positive affirmations

18.) Visit your favorite store and browse around

19.) Write down all of the things you are grateful for today

20.) Hug someone and tell them how important they are to you

21.) Indulge in something just for yourself today

I hope you realize today that there are so many little reasons to be happy each and every day. Even if you come across hard times today, remember the reasons that you are happy. Be thankful that you get to spend another day on this Earth being around the people that you love with the freedoms to do as you please. If you are able to read this post, on a computer, from the comfort of your home or office, you already have so many reasons to be happy today!

I wish you a very Happy International Day of Happiness and a happy life every day!

happy, littl

How will you celebrate your happy life today?



P.S. I would love to hear more from you! Comment below with questions, comments, or what you would like to see in future posts.

32 responses to “21 Little Ways to Live a Happy Life Today

  1. Amy

    Thanks for the great tips! I appreciate the reminder that we don’t have to block out a huge period of time, but we can make small steps throughout the day.

  2. This list is amazing! I think my favorite suggestion is the affirmations – they can be so life changing when you use them consistently! Thanks for sharing your tips for living a happier life! 🙂

  3. Love 10.) Read a few chapters in a good book. I recently added more categories of books to my Bucket List Project because I wasn’t always a reader as a kid. But as I grow older, I find getting lost in a story for about an hour while sitting on my porch with a good cigar on a beautiful New Orleans afternoon makes my whole day perfect!
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  4. Jolina

    I love this! I feel like I should print this out into a check list and make sure I do all of them 🙂 And how appropriate that March 20 is the International Day of Happiness – it’s my brother’s birthday! What an awesome day to celebrate that.

  5. My things:
    3: walk daily for an hour
    7: play card games… every Friday night with friends
    16: random kindness to strangers… as and when possible
    Nice list 🙂

  6. This is a great list! I have been guilty of thinking that I will be happier when….or happier if… and it really makes you miss out on some awesome things that can make you happy now.

    • Alexandra Weisser

      Thank you Alex! Agreed, I have totally been guilty of thinking that I’ll be happier when… but life is short and we need to take it one day at a time!

  7. Very beautifully written. Sometimes you just have to enjoy the little things in life to be happy. Thanks for sharing 🙂 I am new to your page and I am loving it!

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