10 simple lifestyle changes

Modern life is so stressful and chaotic that finding happiness and balance can sometimes feel like an elusive goal. Something that other people manage to achieve while you’re struggling to stay afloat. Luckily, there are plenty of simple changes for a happier life.

Your future happiness is out there and by making a few small changes here and there, you too can cultivate a happier life. It doesn’t matter what type of job you do, how much money you earn, or your family setup, it’s still possible to change some of your habits and routines for a happier life. It might take some people longer than others, but it’s important to remember that everyone’s on a different journey.

The key is to change your mindset as well as your daily routine. Whether you choose to do it in tiny steps or giant leaps is down to you, but every new habit or lifestyle change will add up.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are some practical and effective strategies that anyone can implement to unlock joy and have a happier life…

10 simple changes you can make for a happier life

Practice Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful tool that can transform our perspective and enhance our overall wellbeing. Rather than focusing on the things that have happened today to stress you out or make you feel as if you haven’t done enough, take a few moments instead to reflect on the things to be grateful for, whether it’s a supportive friend, beautiful weather, or the kids behaving! You can sit and make a gratitude list or you can think about this while you’re washing up, having a shower, sitting at the dinner table with your family, or before you go to sleep.

The beauty of practicing gratitude is that you don’t need any extra time in the day to do it, but just by focusing on the positive aspects in your life, you can shift your mindset towards gratitude and invite more happiness into your life without having to make any big changes. One of many simple changes for a happier life!

If you like the idea of practicing gratitude you may want to start a gratitude journal or diary to help you stay on track.

Embrace Mindfulness

Mindfulness means that you’re fully present in the moment, aware of where you are and what you’re doing. Often we rush around from one task to the next without really noticing where we are or what’s going on around us. How many times have you got to the end of the day and can’t really remember what you’ve done except ‘be busy’.

By slowing down and practicing mindfulness, you can reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and appreciate the simple pleasures in life. Start by incorporating short mindfulness exercises into your daily routine, such as deep breathing when you feel as though you’re going too fast, paying attention to the world around you as you carry out your daily routine, and taking time to pay attention to how you’re feeling and react accordingly. Over time, this practice will become second nature and lead to a greater sense of happiness and contentment.

Focus on Meaningful Relationships

The people we surround ourselves with have a huge impact on the level of happiness in our lives. Make an effort to spend quality time with loved ones, those people who make you feel good about yourself, and make you laugh and feel appreciated. Engage in meaningful conversations, and express your appreciation for their presence in your life. Surrounding yourself with positive and supportive individuals can significantly impact your overall happiness and wellbeing.

On the flipside, it’s ok to cut toxic people out of your life if they make you feel self conscious, insecure, or stressed. Limit the time spent with these types of people as much as possible by setting boundaries.

Prioritise Self-Care

It’s not uncommon to find that you don’t have much time to look after yourself once you’ve looked after everyone else. However, putting yourself first and taking care of yourself isn’t selfish; it’s a vital component of leading a happier life.

Prioritise self-care by spending time doing activities that bring you joy and make you feel relaxed. That could be reading a book, going for a walk, soaking in a bubble bath, or yes even watching your latest favourite Netflix series. Whatever puts a smile on your face, make time regularly to do more of it.

For more ideas, take a look at our blog post with some quick self care ideas for busy people.

Be Kind

Did you know that kind people have 23% less cortisol (the stress hormone) and age 2x slower than the average population? Performing acts of kindness not only benefits others but also brings immense happiness to ourselves. And you don’t have to carve out lots of extra time to do it.

Simple random acts of kindness include offering a helping hand to someone in need, complimenting a stranger, sending a nice message to a friend, or volunteering for your favourite charitable cause. These small gestures can create a ripple effect of positivity and contribute to a happier world as well as making you feel good about yourself and finding joy in life.

Let Go of Negativity

Are you a glass half full or a glass half empty kind of person? Negative thoughts and emotions can weigh you down and hinder your happiness. Just think – happy mind, happy life!

Practice letting go of grudges, resentments, and self-criticism that’s making you feel negative. Instead, focus on forgiveness, self-compassion, and positive self-talk. Surround yourself with positivity, whether that’s uplifting books, funny tv shows, laughing with friends or inspiring podcasts. The most important thing is to find your happiness – the more positivity you can get into your life the better.

Engage in Physical Activity

When you’re tired at the end of a busy day it can be hard to feel motivated enough to work out but regular exercise has been proven to boost mood and increase overall happiness. You don’t have to hit the gym, find an activity that you enjoy, whether it’s dancing, hiking, or a yoga class with your friends. Make the main aim of the activity ‘fun’ rather than losing weight. Not only will this extra physical activity improve your physical health, but it will also release endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones, leaving you with a greater sense of wellbeing, and helping you to stay healthy and happy.

If you’re too tired to exercise after work, why not start your day with something physical or incorporate it into your lunch break.

Practice Mindful Consumption

This is much simpler than it sounds. Being mindful of what you consume, not only in terms of food but also in terms of media and information is really important to your mood and self-talk. Surround yourself with positive and uplifting content, whether that’s podcasts, audio books, or the types of people you follow on social media.

Happiness comes from within, so try to limit exposure to negative news and influencers that make you feel self-conscious, and be aware of how certain foods and substances (or lack of them) affect your mood. By being more intentional about what you consume, you can create a more positive and joyful mindset.

Set Realistic Goals and Celebrate Progress

I don’t know about you, but I love ticking items off my to-do list! Setting yourself regular tasks and goals gives you a sense of purpose and direction. Plus that all important feeling of accomplishment when you reach them. However, it’s important to set realistic and achievable goals to avoid feelings of disappointment or failure.

Break down your goals into smaller, manageable steps, and celebrate each milestone along the way. Why not treat yourself as you tick off those important goals, whether with your favourite snack, take-out meal, glass of wine, or even with that new top you’ve had your eye on. By acknowledging your progress, you’ll maintain motivation and experience a greater sense of fulfillment and happiness.

Incorporating these simple changes into your life can have a profound impact on your overall happiness and wellbeing, and the important part is they don’t require any extra time out of your day. By practicing gratitude, embracing mindfulness, nurturing relationships, prioritising self-care, performing acts of kindness, letting go of negativity, engaging in physical activity, practicing mindful consumption, and setting realistic goals, you can create a happier and more fulfilling life, regardless of your current circumstances.

Start implementing these simple changes today for a happier and more positive life in no time!