10 Ways To Feel Happier

Funny thing, I was editing this post and getting it ready to be published when low and behold, the tech gods decided to curse me and somehow the entire post disappeared. The images, the text, everything was gone and it wasn’t coming back. Yep, my post where I was basically talking about how to be happier disappeared and left me a sad, anxious, overwhelmed, miserable little mess. The exact opposite of happy. Thanks Blogger. 

In the wake of my tech nightmare I’ve actually felt more inspired this time around to re-write this post. So if your laptop just lost all your files, if you’re feeling stressed out or if you’re just generally wanting to feel a little happier, here are my top tips:

1. Let Go. 

You can’t control everything and sometimes you can’t control anything but I think embracing that is kind of the point of life? Sometimes you’ll feel lost or sometimes you’ll lose a blog post right before you were going to publish it…let go of the need to control everything and just go with the flow. Once you do that, things don’t tend to seem so tough.
2. Make exciting plans. 

Maybe it’s to see a new movie, or maybe it’s that you book a trip somewhere far away (can I buy a one way ticket to Hogwarts please?). Planning something that excited me is one of the easiest and quickest ways to make me feel happier.

3. Drop the guilt. 

From what I’ve observed about myself and others around me, I think most of us carry around a lot of unnecessary guilt and it really weighs you down. Think about whatever it is that’s making you feel guilty and seriously consider whether it’s worth your time or energy, chances are that it isn’t.

4. Indulge. 

This goes along with the guilt thing a little but basically life is short, eat the cupcake. If someone told me I was going to die tomorrow the last thing I would be doing is reaching for the brussels sprouts…

5. Spend time outside. 

My mum is reading this and smiling, I know it. She’s such a big advocator of spending time outside and she definitely has a point because staying cooped up inside all day gives me massive cabin fever. Fresh air, mother nature and all of that jazz, embrace it.

6. Watch a comedy…or a horror movie. 

Some people cheer themselves up by watching comedies but personally that tactic just depresses me, I just don’t enjoy watching other people being happy while I’m sad. Horror movies? Now those cheer me up. Everyone’s (short) lives suck in horror films and people’s insides end up on their outsides and it’s not pretty, so in comparison my problems never seem so bad! Call me crazy, but it works.

7. Drop the comparisons. 
I don’t even need to explain this one, do I?


8. Get some perspective. 

Appreciate your life, from the teeny tiny things to the big things. Appreciate everything from your Netflix subscription to your ability to vote, to your access to an education.

9. Forgive. 

Forgiving people if they’ve upset me isn’t my first instinct because I’m usually too angry or stubborn. The problem with not forgiving people is that it makes you hold on to anger and anger is like a bomb that fires you up from the inside and sucks away your happiness like a Dementor sucks out your soul in Harry Potter. I really need to work on this one but I know that forgiving people alleviates a lot of emotional stress on yourself, the faster I can solve whatever problem I have with someone, the faster I can feel happier and less drained.

10. If all else fails, watch cute cat/dog/animal videos on Youtube or videos of people falling over. 
Works every time.


What are your favourite ways to feel happier?
146 comments so far.

146 responses to “10 Ways To Feel Happier”

  1. Haha. Love them all! Especially the last one 😀 <3

  2. So glad you got the inspiration to re-write this post, reading it felt like having a coffee and a chant with an old friend! I'm really interested to try the horror movie thing haha

    One thing i do to feel happier, that's foolproof, is to spend time with my dogs. I think they have a special sense when it comes to feelings

    • Ah that makes it all worth while then! Although not going to lie I definitely did not enjoy losing the first post 🙁

      Pets have a way of making you feel instantly better, don't they? Sometimes I think pets seriously trump humans, haha

  3. Such an inspirational post. Loved reading it. 🙂


  4. Great Post! Such great Ideas. Spending time outside always makes me a happier person too. 🙂

  5. Kynia says:

    This post was just… perfect. I'm still working on the forgiveness part… Any tips…? xX

    • Thank you so much Kynia! That really means a lot.

      Don't worry I'm a work in progress with the whole forgiveness thing as well. I think the biggest thing that's helped me though is realising that when I don't forgive people it's usually me that stays really upset for a long time and the person I'm upset with has actually already forgotten about it or moved on, so by not forgiving them I'm just making myself suffer!

  6. Shell says:

    All of these are great, especially the last one! I know I instantly felt better after I saw this Buzzfeed video recently of some dingo pups – so cute!

    • There's a YouTube video of a little dog running and falling in some snow and I had to replay it about ten times, I thought it was hilarious and it made me so happy!

  7. Love, LOVE this post! I definitely think that letting go and going with the flow is the best feeling, ever. Just let what happens, happen. If it doesn't, then we'll just have to wait for another go! x


  8. Ah I love this post hun, nothing like a good dose of positivity to start the day. Making plans, spending time outside with family and friends and indulging in all the sugar is my fave!


  9. Charlotte says:

    I try not to eat chocolate but this time last week I completely caved in and bought myself a big toblerone! But, I still haven't eaten it all yet haha!
    Charlotte // http://www.charlottespicks.com

  10. Cloud Esmé says:

    Number 2 and 5 work every time! Gotta love the last one too, yesterday I came across some baby panda videos and never wanted them to end..

    Esmé // CloudEsmé

  11. Point one is probably one of the key things, especially when you're experiencing frustration or anger over something because quite often we can't do much about it, like with you losing your blog post, and so we just have to accept it and learn from it and move on when possible. I had a similar experience the other day and then I just thought about it and realised it wasn't worth dwelling on and suddenly it was like a release and I just got over it. Unfortunately it's not always that easy but putting yourself in the right mindset always helps and all these tips are great! 🙂

    Samio x

  12. Missy May says:

    Watch people fall over? Lol!! Great motivational post! Thanks for sharing, needed this right now. I read motivational quotes, listen to music, listen to Joyce Meyer, dance, play dressup or socialize to make myself happy. 🙂


    • All of those things sound like great ways to make yourself happy, and I know it sounds stupid but watching people fall over seriously makes me smile so much- it's hilarious!!

  13. Love, love, love this – great post and such a shame to hear the beginning!!! Great to see you found the motivation to re-write and get this online, sometimes it's just what you need as a boost! 🙂

    Hope you're well and having a lovely week so far!

    Layla xx


  14. I so loved this post, fun thing is that I wrote something similar yesterday too! 🙂 The last tip always work, Youtube has been making me happy as of lately it always either makes me laugh or smile! So, I agree with what you're saying! 😉

    Wishing you have a lovely day!

    XO, Melissa

  15. Technology knows how to mess up things at unexpected moments. Same thing happened to me a few times and I really hate how annoyed I was, but hey you're here with the post 🙂 Spending time outside, enjoying a cupcake with a cup of coffee and also watching comedy films can really change my mood. When I watch horror movie, I have hard time sleeping so I keep avoiding that 🙂 Like you said if nothing works then a funny cat or dog video will definitely work, I know it does ha ha 🙂

    Ela BellaWorld

    • That it does! I feel like technological issues always arise at the most inconvenient times as well.

      Yeah the horror movie tactic isn't one I hear many people using but I think the fact that I never get nightmares from horror films is a major factor in why that approach works for me!

  16. Zekalin says:

    Great tips,
    Last one is ought to make someone smile.


  17. All your tips are very true. Love this post.
    Xo, Christianne

  18. Beckie says:

    Number 7 all the way! Great list and very accurate!


  19. Edye Nicole says:

    Such wise words! It's so important to let things go and treat ourselves. Life is too short to be anything but happy 🙂

    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  20. Great post! This is all really true and I think everyone develops their own way of dealing with things when they're sad, but some ways are a lot healthier/more productive/better than others. For me it depends on what I'm sad about, but if it's just a combination of things bringing me down I've found the best thing for me is to make a list and get productive and do lots of small things I've been meaning to do for ages. Not only does it keep you busy, but you end up feeling pretty satisfied and accomplished at the end of the day/night.

    Jessica – littlehenrylee.net

    • That's so true, with me as well what makes me happier really does depend on what it is that's made me sad in the first place. I love your approach as well, it always makes me feel so satisfied and productive when I do a bunch of things I've been meaning to do for a while!

  21. Olivia M says:

    I love your tips although I feel like it is easier said than done! I definitely feel like I am super guilty all the time for no reason. Like, I'm a server at a restaurant and I feel like if I don't do things super quickly, it's not good! But I carry this excessive guilt that doesn't need to be there and I'm trying not to apologize as much. Anyway, thank you for sharing because it is so important not to be too hard on yourself 🙂

    • Oh for sure, all of this is easier said than done and being happier is so much easier when you're in happy mood to start with!

      I completely agree that it's important to not be too hard on yourself, hopefully you can ease up on yourself a little and it will relieve some of that guilt. It always makes me so sad that so many of us carry such a huge amount of guilt with us.

  22. April Nunez says:

    Ahhh! Such a great post, thanks for sharing! 🙂

    April of: https://beybiapril.wordpress.com/
    Instagram: @aprilnunezz

  23. This is such a cute post, it's such a nice reminder of all the wonderful things on this planet! This cheered me up xx


  24. DiagonSally says:

    YES YES YES to all of the above. This year one of my goals was to just be a happier person in general and I've tried following all that you've mentioned. Somedays are harder than others but those tips definitely help!

    Sally – DiagonSally

  25. These are such great tips. I also think going out with friends or family really helps 🙂

  26. Great post, I definitely need to learnt to let go…easier said than done though!


    • Oh for sure, I mean I'd love to say that since writing this post I've learnt to completely let go but that's just not the case (I wish!). That's definitely more of a slow burn process I think.

  27. Haha a cute cat video is always a surefire routine to happiness! Really interesting post, I always find I feel ten times lighter when I just let go of something that is getting me down/worrying me, and just live in the moment. And your mum is right, getting outside always helps too!
    Brigitte x

    brigittehayley.com | youtube.com/brigittehayley

  28. I really really really love posts like this! Happiness is really a choice!

    marielle was here

  29. How I wish that you could go to Hogwarts when feeling low, haha genius! Xx


  30. Rosy Flynn says:

    I was nodding along to all of these and then I saw the last bit, videos of people falling over and I actually laughed out loud.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  31. I love this post! I think with everything going on in daily life and the overwhelming amounts of things we have to do weigh us down and it's important to realize that we are blessed and should be happy. I love all your tips! Nothing makes me happier than spending quality time with my kids. Thanks for sharing! Xoxo, Christine

    • I completely agree Christine, I think it's all too easy to be overwhelmed by life (especially nowadays) but really when you think about it, often the things we're worrying about are so small in the grand scheme.

  32. Aww, sometimes things go wrong but thankfully here you are with this lovely post, hon. This couldn't come at a better time since I've had quite a week! A few days were in particular tough so this is a little reality check I needed 🙂 Let go – how easy it sounds and how difficult it is for us to do it. We just hold on to that feeling of wanting to control everything but sometimes all you need to do is let go, relax and enjoy life. As for the videos, funny dogs ones always make my day 😀
    xox Nadia

    • I've had a tough time recently as well so even I've been re-reading this post just to remind myself to calm down and take a step back! I tend to go for funny cat videos but I'll try watching some funny dog videos next time 😉

  33. fashion mews says:

    this is such a helpful post! i completely agree with all your points, some of the ones that resonated with me are #2, #5 and #7. I genuinely believe that in order to put out great work out there, you need to stop paying attention to what others are doing. needed to read this so thanks for reminding, amazing post!

    Melis xx

  34. Phoebe says:

    I love the part you wrote about holding onto anger sucks away your happiness- "like a Dementor sucks away your soul in HP." That's so funny yet so true!
    Actually, all your points were great reminders and I found some new helpful ideas too. Thanks
    To feel happier, I also like to read motivational quotes, inspiring books and blogs like yours 🙂

  35. life hacks says:

    such a nice post..really loved it.

  36. Natalie Y says:

    Definitely needed to read this! I've been so overwhelmed with a lot of things recently. Thanks for posting this!! 🙂
    Yours Truly, NY | INSTAGRAM

  37. Gemma Magpie says:

    I definitely need to drop the comparisons but it's SO hard with blogging, it's such a competitive outlet xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  38. Coco N says:

    I've been working as hard as I can to drop the guilt personally x

    Coco | The Beauty Milk

  39. Hehehe! Where was this post yesterday when all I could do was throw myself a pity party! Indulging in TV or chocolate helps me most times ;o)


  40. Gabrielle says:

    Letting go and accepting you can't control everything is a very good point, as well as spending time outside – it can be so refreshing! More than anything though, I love number 7. One of my favourite quotes is, ''Comparison is the thief of joy.'' Have a lovely week ahead!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  41. Food & Baker says:

    This was such a lovely read, completely agree with everything you've written, actually made me smirk a bit on how true these statements can be! Especially the Indulge part "If someone told me I was going to die tomorrow the last thing I would be doing is reaching for the brussels sprouts…" Very true and hilarious to think about!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James

  42. Tiffany Legg says:

    What a lovely post. These really are such great tips x

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  43. Y_d D says:

    Loving your HP references. Happy to see another Potterhead. 🙂


  44. Emma Spencer says:

    FABULOUS post babe! Your tips are so helpful and in depth! I definitely think indulging at least once a week makes you feel 100 times happier! Xx


  45. Ashleigh says:

    Such a gorgeous post and a very important reminder! Love your writing babe 🙂

    Ashleigh x

  46. Corinne says:

    HORROR MOVIES YES. Any other movie is likely to make me cry. So horror movies are the way forward. Or horror/paranormal TV shows 🙂

    Corinne x

  47. Ana Picazzo says:

    Julia I have definitely been there! My files have gotten deleted too and it's the worst! I'm so glad you used it at your advantage to re-write this post. I like how optimistic you are, I always try to see the good in the bad but sometimes it can be hard! My favorite tip is to make plans, it always makes me excited to look forward to something!


    Indie Suns | Bloglovin' | Instagram

  48. Great tips! Making plans and anticipate some event is always a great way to get a little more excited!


    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

  49. Sarah A says:

    Guilt really weighs me down but it is one of the hardest things to overcome. I love your list and it takes dedication to re-write a whole post! 🙂

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

    • Guilty weighs me down a lot too which is why I'm so passionate about making sure other people don't feel guilty unnecessarily.

      And thank you Sarah! In the end it wasn't so bad losing the first post, I think this version came out a lot better 🙂

  50. So glad you decided to rewrite this post! Such a pick-me-up. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Mel | thegossipdarling.com

  51. Lee T says:

    This is so great, and I definitely need it this week. Thanks so much for sharing <3
    Lee | LegalLee Blonde

  52. Very helpful tips and you are absolutely right about indulging and watching movies. I try that and it definitely works. Also, I like to eat chocolate to put my mood to calm. 🙂

    Chaste & Beautiful

  53. Thanks for this post! Love it xx, Erin – http://www.stylebythepeople.com

  54. Hope you're well hun – have a wonderful week! 🙂

    Layla xx


  55. Immy May says:

    Love this! We need more of this kinda thing on the internet, it is just what I needed to read! I love horror films when I'm feeling down, I also love getting stuck into a new series – have you watched Stranger Things on Netflix? It is SO good! Immy x


  56. I love indulging once in a while. Whether it'd be some mindless TV or my favorite dessert, it always makes me a feel a bit better 😉

    Thirteen Thoughts

  57. Fionna says:

    i think letting go is a really big one. about a year or two, i would care so much about certain things making me more pissed about situations, but now that i've stopped caring so much and letting things go, i feel less phased about everything. it really does help and i feel like that's such a good tip, but also easier said than done x


    • Definitely, it's something I'm really trying to work on as well and it's difficult but like you said, I feel so much better and less bothered by all the little things when I let go.

  58. For me is to have a long nice bath , put fresh pjs on and get into clean bed, maybe watch a good movie or read a good book. I feel much better after good nights sleep and ready to grab another day all 100% and of course hope it is much better day xx


    • Oh I love putting on fresh pjs and going into a clean bed with fresh sheets as well! It's the little things like that that I love, as well as a good nights sleep actually. There's nothing better.

  59. Great article! Especially the tip "Indulge," I'm always down for dessert 🙂

    Check out my latest article l xoxo, Redhura

  60. I'm laughing at all your Harry Potter references. If you're able to get to Hogwarts first do let me know! (: I agree with watching a comedy or even going outside. It's like some serious magic.

    Single Vegas Girl

  61. Still one of my favourite posts – I love this and I love the way you write and share everything with us…. such a lovely post and hope you have a wonderful week hun!

    Layla xx


  62. Caroline S says:

    I couldn't agree more with this. We need to remember these tips more often. Everything can seem so overwhelming, it's nice to take a break once in a while.


  63. veebz boo says:

    I completely know the feeling, I’ve had things just delete on my computer. It’s literally one of the most annoying things. I often go into a full blown strop afterwards haha. I really do need to let go and stop being such a control freak though. I think that’s my biggest problem, with holding me back from being happy. Haha horror movies are so good to take your mind of things. I love watching them, I get so scared that nothing else matters lol. I have actually been trying to put some perspective on things lately too. I think that we can get a little out of touch with reality when were stressed. Thank you for such a great post, as always it was so helpful to read.:)

    http://www.youtube.com/veebzboo – My Everyday Make-up Look + Cream Contouring

    • I know, I hate when my computer acts up and it's been doing it so much lately! I feel like we're on the same wave length, I'm a control freak too and sometimes I just need to loosen the strings a little, haha

      I think getting perspective really helps too, see now horror movies help me to get perspective and I think that's why watching them cheers me up so much.

  64. This is a great post, I think watching a comedy is a perfect way to get over the blues plus a little bit of icecream never hurt anybody.

    Not Copper Armour // Bloglovin'

  65. louise says:

    This is a great post! x
    Louise | helloteddy.co.uk

  66. These are great tips 🙂 I would add to it doing something you WANT to do everyday. Even if it is something really small, like reading a chapter of your book, it makes a huge different to your day!

  67. This a such a lovely post. One of my favourite ways to feel happier is to have some pamper time and just completely relax.
    Alicia xx

  68. Vidya Gawas says:

    Nice post. Thanks for sharing.

  69. Jenaly Enns says:

    It is so crazy that happiness is something that is "hard to find" these days. I struggle with it myself, so this is a great post!!!


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