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30 Of the Most Overlooked Ways To Be A Happy Person

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Often their comments are priceless.

10) Bake and share. If you are in a rush, go ahead and buy the premade cookie dough and drop off a dozen cookies for your co-workers or neighbor.

11) Share something positive — a quote, a photo — on social media. There are a lot of negative messages, so share something fun and uplifting.

12) Watch a Dr. Seuss movie or read one of his books. The silly rhymes and poems are magic.

13) Get laughing. Upload a funny video clip, perhaps a comedian from a late-night show, and watch for five minutes. This kind of laughter does the body good.

14) Go for a walk. Moving about gets the blood flowing and is a great stress buster.

15) Get silly. Upload a goofy selfie and send it to someone you love. This is free and doesn’t take more than five minutes.

16) Unplug for 15 minutes. Literally walk away from your computer and put down your other devices. Pushing your own personal pause button can do wonders.

17) Awaken. Get up 15 minutes earlier. These extra minutes are just for you and can end up saving you stress later. Not feeling rushed can make your morning more pleasant.

18) Do a puzzle. This might be a jigsaw puzzle on your table or a crossword online.

19) Engage your sweet tooth. Eat a piece of chocolate. When you do this, don’t multitask. Just take a few moments to savor the sweetness.

20) Turn to TED. Find an inspiring TEDx talk. There are a plethora of inspiring TEDx videos and they are free to watch.

21) Drop everything and read. Read a passage from a book. The new book “Live Happy: Ten Practices for Choosing Joy,” which I am honored to have contributed to, has short pieces from some famous individuals — Hoda Kotb, Arianna Huffington, Gretchen Rubin, Jason Mraz and others — and ordinary people who share personal stories of what make them happy. The pieces will inspire you to cultivate happiness within your life.

22) Write a note of gratitude.

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