100 Most Popular Ways To Be Happy

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Here are some of the most popular ways to be happy that I’m sharing with you today. If you are like me I gravitate to happy people. I love to hug people, and that makes me happy and giggle. Life is too short to be around grumpy people. Mark and I have moved a few times to different cities and neighborhoods over the years because of job opportunities, outgrowing the home, or other reasons. I wish I had stayed in one certain home, but life brings changes we don’t expect. I have always said, “you can’t buy your neighbors.” Wow, is this ever true, for good or bad.

Do you get frustrated by what you see on the television news? I sure do. Do you get tired of the rants on FaceBook? I do. Here’s the deal, if all we read, hear or see online is sad, mean, grumpy, rants, or negative words, we need to consider quitting watching them. I am. I don’t need this is my life. Is the news important, yes, I do need to keep up on what’s going on in the world, but not every day? I’m done with it. If the stuff you are hearing, reading or listening to is a “Debbie Downer” moment, let it go. You will be a whole lot happier, I promise.

Ways To Be Happy

  1. Smile
  2. Giggle
  3. Hug someone you love
  4. Hug a friend
  5. Meet a friend for lunch
  6. Have friends over to play cards or board games
  7. Fix dinner for a family with sickness
  8. Join a community civic club that helps your city
  9. Help at the food bank
  10. Find a church that serves food to the needy (they need help) on Sundays (St. George, UT has a church that does this)
  11. Go for a walk and look at the clouds
  12. Get up really early and wait for the sun to rise
  13. Show up with a bucket of cleaning supplies to help an elderly neighbor clean bathrooms and change bed sheets
  14. Smile and wave at a neighbor when you get your mail
  15. Sweep a neighbor’s gutter without telling them
  16. Pull a neighbor’s weeds without them seeing you
  17. Put your lawn chairs outside and wait for the sun to set
  18. Invite neighbors to roast marshmallows over a fire pit
  19. Walk around the block and look at the beauty that surrounds your neighborhood
  20. Go golfing, this one’s for Mark
  21. Clean out your refrigerator
  22. Do something just for you, yes you!
  23. Share your cooking skills with neighbors
  24. Teach people to make bread
  25. Make cinnamon rolls for a neighbor or two Linda’s no-fail Cinnamon Rolls
  26. Be kind to people
  27. Hangout with happy people
  28. Start a luncheon group that meets weekly or monthly
  29. Start a coffee group that meets once a week or more
  30. Ride a bike
  31. Go jogging
  32. Go visit a lonely neighbor
  33. Visit a friend at the hospital
  34. Send a card in the mail to a friend
  35. Wash your car
  36. Paint your toenails, get a pedicure
  37. Get your haircut
  38. Call a friend and talk about the good times
  39. Clean your bathrooms, trust me this makes me very happy
  40. Sweep the garage
  41. Clean your kitchen cupboards, donate items you no longer need or want
  42. Wash your windows, nothing is more awesome than freshly cleaned windows
  43. Read a book you’ve been wanting to read
  44. Invite a friend to go to a movie
  45. Buy one day’s worth of water storage, I recommend four gallons per person per day
  46. Purchase the food for your family that you would eat for seven days
  47. Check your flashlights and batteries to make sure they’re working
  48. Buy a solar flashlight
  49. Start a budget and keep to it
  50. Get out of debt
  51. Start a Christmas saving account
  52. Start a savings account for a rainy day
  53. Watch a sports game
  54. Watch a documentary
  55. Start a bucket list and check it off as you can afford to do your dreams
  56. Visit a candy store
  57. Visit a bookstore
  58. Go to the library
  59. Get rid of things that no longer bring you joy
  60. Declutter your stuff
  61. Remove items that are on horizontal counters or dressers, less clutter, more happiness
  62. Do the things that are important to YOU before you can no longer physically do them
  63. Remember happiness is a choice
  64. Say no to the things you do not want to do
  65. Take your dog to the dog park, you will meet awesome people
  66. Coffee shops have the happiest people on earth
  67. Volunteer at a hospital gift shop
  68. Volunteer at your local school
  69. Give blood to The American Red Cross, you will save a life
  70. Take a child or grandchild to a park
  71. Ride your bike
  72. Consider learning a new language
  73. Say a prayer
  74. Send a condolence card
  75. Update your Christmas card list
  76. Contact a friend from high school or college
  77. Take a hot shower
  78. Go swimming
  79. Help a neighbor move
  80. Take a college extension class – learn something new
  81. Eat your favorite dessert
  82. Get your puppy groomed
  83. Make a new wreath for your front door
  84. Polish your shoes
  85. Send a thank you note
  86. Write someone you know in the military or who resides in a rest home
  87. Call your grandma, grandpa or lonely aunt or uncle
  88. Watch your favorite old movie
  89. Volunteer at the local school – tutor
  90. Sing in the shower
  91. Stop a bad habit
  92. Get out of debt
  93. Apologize to someone you upset
  94. Return something you borrowed
  95. Finish this week’s to-do list
  96. Dust that knick-knack shelf
  97. Change the batteries in your smoke alarms
  98. Tell your spouse – significant other you love them more than ever
  99. Say thanks to your mail delivery person
  100. After all this, sleep in next Saturday
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Please note some of these ideas to be happy may cost money, but many are FREE to do. Please tell me the things that make you happy and I will add them to my list. May God bless our world.

Clutter-Free by Linda

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18 thoughts on “100 Most Popular Ways To Be Happy

  • January 6, 2018 at 7:46 am

    I agree with every one of these ideas and do many of them. I am , it seems, always happy.

    • January 6, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      Hi, Lady Di, I love your comment, keep the world smiling! Linda

  • January 6, 2018 at 8:40 am

    If cleaning the bathroom makes you happy come to my house. I have 3 teen-aged boys & their bathroom will leave you in hysterics! Lol

    • January 6, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      Hi, Linda S. Oh how I love this comment! I actually love cleaning bathrooms and if you live close by we can do them together! I can picture us giggling together, love it! Linda

  • January 6, 2018 at 9:26 am

    When I think of all we have, it makes me happy and grateful. We have a paid for small old house. We have a roof over our heads. We have healthy children. We now have a year’s worth of food to eat. We live in the greatest country on earth! We have diversions. In the old days there weren’t too many diversions as people spent their entire days doing enough work to eat. We are not rich people to the folks around us who have to have new cars or fancy clothes or exciting vacations on credit cards; none of us ever had Nike shoes, big house or new cars or credit cards, but to us, we are so wealthy to have the things we have and to have such an excess that we can tithe and be generous without genuine sacrifice. Thinking on these things gives me a lot of happiness and gratitude.

    • January 6, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      Hi, Debbie, you are my hero today! You are a blessed woman! You are the example people need to follow. A happy life is not “stuff”. I’m so glad you touched on so many items today because you and I must be twins and we didn’t know it. I LOVE LOVE LOVE all your words today. I heard something the other day that said people collect “stuff” for 2/3’s of their lives only to get rid of the “stuff” the last 1/3 of their life. I have people ask me how Mark and I get by with one car. Well, we don’t need car payments, car servicing for two cars, etc. Plus, we really only need ONE car. Our kids live on their own and we no longer take kids to lessons or school. Life is good when you live with less. Hugs, Linda

  • January 6, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Happy New Year, Linda. I’d like to suggest offering to clean friends and co-workers glasses. So much easier to be happy when you can see clearly (metaphorically as well as literally). I also encourage people to look for the joy in each day. It seems like we’re hardwired to notice the negative and for some folks this is really hard but there has to be something, some little thing in everyone’s day to notice and acknowledge as joyful. The more you look, the easier it becomes to find joy. Sometimes I have to remind myself! I remember one morning being so irritated with a driver on a gloomy day when my mood matched the weather. I looked up to see a beautiful rainbow off in the distance and had to knock myself up side the head – I would’ve completely missed the joy if I’d stayed focused on the dippy driver in front of me. We all need some reminding. Thanks for the extensive list!

    • January 6, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      Debbie, the dippy driver and the rainbow story is the best! You made me smile today, as always! Linda

  • January 6, 2018 at 10:24 am

    I don’t like to be around negative people as it pulls me down too! I try to remember all the blessings that we have been given to change the mood. I read an article about life being like a theatre and the actors being your friends. When it is too negative, move them further back in the seating or even out the door. Sometimes the actors have to be retired or replaced.

    • January 6, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      Hi, Nana, oh I love the statement you made about our life being like a theatre! I have the giggles picturing moving the people who drag me down to the back of the seating area! I love this! Linda

  • January 6, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    I love spending time outdoors among my goats, horse & cats.   The interactions are always changing,  frequently entertaining & bring a smile. 

    • January 6, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Hi, B, oh, I can picture the beautiful world around you interacting with your goats, horse, and cats! My dog brings me smiles! Happy day, Linda

  • January 6, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    I have always been of the mind set, you are only as happy as you allow yourself to be. I choose to accept that life isn’t always a bed of roses. I choose not to let the bad things in life define who I am. I choose to see the good in all things and to know that my God is always by my side. My mom often asks , “why don’t you get mad ? I would be so mad about such n such” .To which I reply, ” why spend time getting upset over something I have no control over?” Happiness is a choice to me. I don’t dwell in the past God is Good, life goes on. Be blessed.

    • January 7, 2018 at 7:45 am

      Hi Judy, great, awesome comment! I have a really good friend who has had cancer twice and she never ever says a bad word about anything. She is thankful for the sunrise, the sunset, the flowers, etc. I can go on and on. I LOVE LOVE LOVE being around her. I remember about thirty years ago I was struggling with some serious personal problems and I had a job at a bank. Well, when you are at work, I call it “showtime”. I’m not fake, but none of my customers ever knew I was crying inside my heart. I remember one day, a client said, “Linda you are so happy all the time!”. I didn’t want sadness to be on display, my job was to make people be happy at the bank. Life has been good to me and I feel blessed. I love your comment,” why spend time getting upset over something I have no control over?” Happiness is a choice for me. I don’t dwell on the past God is Good, life goes on. Be blessed. I love this, Judy! Linda

  • May 4, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Happiness is an attitude. Some people just don’t have that happiness attitude!! I also think that most things pass – those things that keep us in a perpetual state of unhappiness. There are, of course, many things that give us sadness – illness, death, other major losses, etc. – but sadness is not the absence of happiness. Sadness generally has its season and it passes eventually. Again, I think that happiness is an attitude. Even with sadness, we can have the attitude of happiness.

    Now, I do know people who seem to be unhappy with EVERYTHING in their lives. I am passing this list on to those people (well to everyone I know but especially to those who seem unhappy 99.9% of the time). I pray that it helps them cope with things and look for the little things to bring them happiness.

    • May 4, 2020 at 5:04 pm

      Hi Leanne, I have always said behind every front door there is a story. It may be a good one or it may be a bad one. No one knows what people are going through. We have all had issues in our lives it’s how we rise above them that really counts! Stay well! Linda


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