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Simple Ways to Live Happy

By on Oct 12, 2014

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The purpose of our lives is to be happy. – Dalai Lama

Once the career aspirations, income goals and travel plans are stripped away, I think what most of us really want is to be happy.

Having meaningful relationships with our children, families and friends; being passionately connected to our partners, living a life aligned with our purposes and having some money left over after paying the bills are the contributing factors to being happy, or not.

Happiness Finds You

It’s not that career advancement or financial independence isn’t meaningful; it’s just the way to happiness is simpler than that. In other words, you don’t have to be committed to a lifelong pursuit of happiness – happiness will find you right where you are.

Here’s how: When you look into your heart and take action on the things that matter most, live according to your values, and determine what success means for you; then a richer, fuller and more beautiful life will be right there, waiting for you to grab it.

The way to this new attitude of happiness isn’t complicated. It begins with doing the simple things – things that don’t take a lot of time or money, just your desire to live happy.

Here are some simple ways to live happy. When you start exploring these simple ways, get ready for more happiness to find you.

Simple Ways to Live Happy

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Get outside more
The peace and beauty of nature can be a spiritual experience. The fresh air will clear your mind, and the sunlight will boost your mood. Getting back to basics by spending time outdoors will remind you of those simple, beautiful things about life.

Use your creative side often
We’re happier when we’re expressing ourselves. Unleash your creative power on a canvas, piece of notebook paper, or in a scrapbook. Create a collage of images that inspire you or start a blog for your poetry. There are numerous fun, easy, and enriching ways to express creativity and live a happier life.

Maybe the simplest way of all to a happy life is laughter. It requires the least effort with the most reward. You feel better physically and emotionally when you laugh. It’s a shortcut to health and happiness.

Embrace the positive
Make it a key part of your day to focus on the positive. It’s taking a moment to be thankful for the car you have, the place you work, the family you’ve got at home. Despite the struggles and stress, there’s something positive you can embrace that will simplify your life by helping you focus on what makes you happy.

Peace in the moment
Learning to be calm in the middle of the storm is vital to long-term happiness. Push negative thoughts out of your mind when stress and catastrophe strike. This doesn’t mean you’ll immediately ignore every invasive, bad thought. But with practice, you will be able to enjoy peace in the moment, no matter what life dishes out at you.

Simple Ways to Love

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  • Don’t wait to say, “I love you.” Tell someone today, right now.
  • Tell your child you believe in her or him.
  • Admit when you are wrong.
  • Be generous with compliments and careful with complaints.
  • Forgive, let go and move on.
  • Treat a friend to lunch.
  • Hold onto a hug one moment longer than expected.
  • Be an encourager.
  • Show patience, even in your busiest moment.
  • When someone is on your mind, pick up the phone and let them know.
  • Show respect and expect respect in return.
  • Read to your child.
  • Make time to just play!
  • Call your mom or dad often and offer some real insight into your life.
  • Never use love, or the threat of withholding love, as a weapon.
  • Do the right thing, always.
  • Be the first to stand up for your child.
  • Open your heart to receive a loved one’s best effort.
  • Carry your friend; but know when it’s time to put him down.
  • Know when to offer space and respect boundaries.
  • Share. Honor. Trust. Love and then repeat.
  • Trust a friend.
  • Live in the here and now with those closest to your heart.
  • Make the relationship a priority.
  • Don’t expect perfection.
  • Do the unexpected.
  • Plan a family night.
  • Know when to disconnect from the computer and re-connect.
  • Stop trying so hard to be the perfect parent and just be who you are.
  • Lift up your friend.
  • Let your parents know you will continue the positive family traditions.
  • Remember the art of patience.
  • Simply love and love simply.
Simple Ways to Be Grateful

Celebrate What is Good

These are the simple things from my life that inspire me to be grateful. I share these so you’ll be nudged to remember the wonderful things you have to be grateful for, too.

I’m grateful for my friends who encourage me.
I’m grateful for God’s grace.
I’m grateful for the smell of Sunday supper cooking all afternoon long.
I’m grateful for working for a company that provides health care benefits.
I’m grateful for having a strong body and a clear mind.
I’m grateful for having the freedom to choose the life I want to live.
I’m grateful for after-dinner walks with my wife.
I’m grateful for being forgiven.
I’m grateful for the first sip of coffee in the morning.
I’m grateful for having the ability to pay my bills.
I’m grateful for realizing being happy is my greatest purpose.
I’m grateful for remembering that I am enough.
I’m grateful for hearing laughter in my house.
I’m grateful for my faith.
I’m grateful for the kindness of strangers.
I’m grateful for people reading what I write.
I’m grateful for learning from my mistakes.
I’m grateful for every sunrise – each one doesn’t go unnoticed.
I’m grateful for growing older.
I’m grateful for my parents.
I’m grateful for each good-night kiss.
I’m grateful for exactly what I have.

Simple Ways to Live Your Values


Some days are just better than others. It’s the same way in our interpersonal relationships and in our faith. Things can get unstable at times, but staying devoted to a cause or to a person through the uncertain times is our rock to grasp when our faith and our foundation is shaky.

No matter the outcome, there is always value in the effort when the effort is authentic and well-intended.

To live authentically; to live honesty, keeps our hearts and souls pure and our minds free of doubt or uncertainty. When we are honest, we know we are doing the right things.

What defines our character and our integrity is not measured by what happens to us; but rather by how we react and respond to what happens to us.

Patience is a value which can also improve productivity because it creates a better state of mind, a clearer state of mind, for better decision making.

Sometimes it’s appropriate to put someone else’s needs before your own. This is the meaning of sacrifice. Along with sacrifice comes some discomfort; perhaps even some pain. This is what makes sacrifice a value to live by.

There are people who make us angry and we just can’t seem to see eye-to-eye with on an issue. Rather than showing contempt, tolerance is a better alternative. It shows respects, patience and courtesy – all important values in their own right, too.

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The BridgeMaker Founder Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender. Join the community to connect, share and inspire: Twitter | Facebook | More Posts