Don’t be concerned that time has passed. Simply bringing attention to a person who made your day brighter is a good thing.
23) Take a look around. Look outside and simply observe. There is no purpose, just taking your eyes off of the work or situation before you can provide some respite. You might even notice something that makes you giggle.
24) Happiness is within the pages. Carry a magazine with you and when you have a few minutes, flip through it. You don’t have to read it cover to cover, but often there will be a funny or uplifting photo or piece that will boost your spirit.
25) Animal love. Sitting with your dog or cat can be very calming. The affection that animals give you is spirited and can bring you instant joy.
26) Breathe. While you might not have time for a guided mediation, taking five minutes to breathe in deeply and exhale will help you calm down. Remember, the exhaling is just as important as the inhalation.
27) Smile at a stranger, make eye contact. You will brighten their day. And then you can watch their reaction, which can also be just as priceless.
28) Praise someone. Hopefully this praise goes to your child or partner. We could all use a little more positivity in our life, and pointing out the good in others is a free and good way to spread love.
29) Hug someone. This is obviously free, and if you are somewhere that hugging isn’t an option, simple put your hands over your heart. This is a way to express compassion for yourself.
30) Remember the time when? Recall a funny memory — the time you cut your hair or tried a new recipe for your guests. Simply being able to laugh at yourself will put a smile on your face.
Sometimes we assume that a great amount of planning and resources are needed to experience happiness. Nearly all of these items here are free, and require very little time and effort.
We’d love to hear from you. What or who brings you happiness?
International Day of Happiness website.
Live Happy book by Deborah K. Heisz.