10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science

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make you happierHappiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it. It’s also no surprise that it’s the Nr.1 value for Buffer’s culture, if you see our slidedeck about it. So naturally we are obsessed with it.

I would love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science. Here are ten of the best ones I found.

1. Exercise more – 7 minutes might be enough

You might have seen some talk recently about the scientific 7 minute workout mentioned in The New York Times. So if you thought exercise was something you didn’t have time for, maybe you can fit it in after all.

Exercise has such a profound effect on our happiness and well-being that it’s actually been proven to be an effective strategy for overcoming depression. In a study cited in Shawn Achor’s book, The Happiness Advantage, three groups of patients treated their depression with either medication, exercise, or a combination of the two. The results of this study really surprised me. Although all three groups experienced similar improvements in their happiness levels to begin with, the follow up assessments proved to be radically different:

The groups were then tested six months later to assess their relapse rate. Of those who had taken the medication alone, 38 percent had slipped back into depression. Those in the combination group were doing only slightly better, with a 31 percent relapse rate. The biggest shock, though, came from the exercise group: Their relapse rate was only 9 percent!


You don’t have to be depressed to gain benefit from exercise, though. It can help you to relax, increase your brain power and even improve your body image, even if you don’t lose any weight.

A study in the Journal of Health Psychology found that people who exercised felt better about their bodies, even when they saw no physical changes:

Body weight, shape and body image were assessed in 16 males and 18 females before and after both 6 × 40 mins exercise and 6 × 40 mins reading. Over both conditions, body weight and shape did not change. Various aspects of body image, however, improved after exercise compared to before.

We’ve explored exercise in depth before, and looked at what it does to our brains, such as releasing proteins and endorphins that make us feel happier, as you can see in the image below.

make yourself happier - exercise

2. Sleep more – you’ll be less sensitive to negative emotions

We know that sleep helps our bodies to recover from the day and repair themselves, and that it helps us focus and be more productive. It turns out, it’s also important for our happiness.

In NutureShock, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman explain how sleep affects our positivity:

Negative stimuli get processed by the amygdala; positive or neutral memories gets processed by the hippocampus. Sleep deprivation hits the hippocampus harder than the amygdala. The result is that sleep-deprived people fail to recall pleasant memories, yet recall gloomy memories just fine.

In one experiment by Walker, sleep-deprived college students tried to memorize a list of words. They could remember 81% of the words with a negative connotation, like “cancer.” But they could remember only 31% of the words with a positive or neutral connotation, like “sunshine” or “basket.”

The BPS Research Digest explores another study that proves sleep affects our sensitivity to negative emotions. Using a facial recognition task over the course of a day, the researchers studied how sensitive participants were to positive and negative emotions. Those who worked through the afternoon without taking a nap became more sensitive late in the day to negative emotions like fear and anger.

Using a face recognition task, here we demonstrate an amplified reactivity to anger and fear emotions across the day, without sleep. However, an intervening nap blocked and even reversed this negative emotional reactivity to anger and fear while conversely enhancing ratings of positive (happy) expressions.

Of course, how well (and how long) you sleep will probably affect how you feel when you wake up, which can make a difference to your whole day. Especially this graph showing how your brain activity decreases is a great insight about how important enough sleep is for productivity and happiness:

make yourself happier

Another study tested how employees’ moods when they started work in the morning affected their work day.

Researchers found that employees’ moods when they clocked in tended to affect how they felt the rest of the day. Early mood was linked to their perceptions of customers and to how they reacted to customers’ moods.

And most importantly to managers, employee mood had a clear impact on performance, including both how much work employees did and how well they did it.

Sleep is another topic we’ve looked into before, exploring how much sleep we really need to be productive.

3. Move closer to work – a short commute is worth more than a big house

Our commute to the office can have a surprisingly powerful impact on our happiness. The fact that we tend to do this twice a day, five days a week, makes it unsurprising that its effect would build up over time and make us less and less happy.

According to The Art of Manliness, having a long commute is something we often fail to realize will affect us so dramatically:

… while many voluntary conditions don’t affect our happiness in the long term because we acclimate to them, people never get accustomed to their daily slog to work because sometimes the traffic is awful and sometimes it’s not. Or as Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert put it, “Driving in traffic is a different kind of hell every day.”

We tend to try to compensate for this by having a bigger house or a better job, but these compensations just don’t work:

Two Swiss economists who studied the effect of commuting on happiness found that such factors could not make up for the misery created by a long commute.

4. Spend time with friends and family – don’t regret it on your deathbed

Staying in touch with friends and family is one of the top five regrets of the dying. If you want more evidence that it’s beneficial for you, I’ve found some research that proves it can make you happier right now.

Social time is highly valuable when it comes to improving our happiness, even for introverts. Several studies have found that time spent with friends and family makes a big difference to how happy we feel, generally.

I love the way Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert explains it:

We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.

George Vaillant is the director of a 72-year study of the lives of 268 men.

In an interview in the March 2008 newsletter to the Grant Study subjects, Vaillant was asked, “What have you learned from the Grant Study men?” Vaillant’s response: “That the only thing that really matters in life are your relationships to other people.”

He shared insights of the study with Joshua Wolf Shenk at The Atlantic on how the men’s social connections made a difference to their overall happiness:

The men’s relationships at age 47, he found, predicted late-life adjustment better than any other variable, except defenses. Good sibling relationships seem especially powerful: 93 percent of the men who were thriving at age 65 had been close to a brother or sister when younger.

In fact, a study published in the Journal of Socio-Economics states than your relationships are worth more than $100,000:

Using the British Household Panel Survey, I find that an increase in the level of social involvements is worth up to an extra £85,000 a year in terms of life satisfaction. Actual changes in income, on the other hand, buy very little happiness.

I think that last line is especially fascinating: Actual changes in income, on the other hand, buy very little happiness. So we could increase our annual income by hundreds of thousands of dollars and still not be as happy as if we increased the strength of our social relationships.

The Terman study, which is covered in The Longevity Project, found that relationships and how we help others were important factors in living long, happy lives:

We figured that if a Terman participant sincerely felt that he or she had friends and relatives to count on when having a hard time then that person would be healthier. Those who felt very loved and cared for, we predicted, would live the longest.

Surprise: our prediction was wrong… Beyond social network size, the clearest benefit of social relationships came from helping others. Those who helped their friends and neighbors, advising and caring for others, tended to live to old age.

5. Go outside – happiness is maximized at 13.9°C

In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor recommends spending time in the fresh air to improve your happiness:

Making time to go outside on a nice day also delivers a huge advantage; one study found that spending 20 minutes outside in good weather not only boosted positive mood, but broadened thinking and improved working memory…

This is pretty good news for those of us who are worried about fitting new habits into our already-busy schedules. Twenty minutes is a short enough time to spend outside that you could fit it into your commute or even your lunch break.

A UK study from the University of Sussex also found that being outdoors made people happier:

Being outdoors, near the sea, on a warm, sunny weekend afternoon is the perfect spot for most. In fact, participants were found to be substantially happier outdoors in all natural environments than they were in urban environments.

The American Meteorological Society published research in 2011 that found current temperature has a bigger effect on our happiness than variables like wind speed and humidity, or even the average temperature over the course of a day. It also found that happiness is maximized at 13.9°C, so keep an eye on the weather forecast before heading outside for your 20 minutes of fresh air.

The connection between productivity and temperature is another topic we’ve talked about more here. It’s fascinating what a small change in temperature can do.

6. Help others – 100 hours a year is the magical number

One of the most counterintuitive pieces of advice I found is that to make yourself feel happier, you should help others. In fact, 100 hours per year (or two hours per week) is the optimal time we should dedicate to helping others in order to enrich our lives.

If we go back to Shawn Achor’s book again, he says this about helping others:

…when researchers interviewed more than 150 people about their recent purchases, they found that money spent on activities—such as concerts and group dinners out—brought far more pleasure than material purchases like shoes, televisions, or expensive watches. Spending money on other people, called “prosocial spending,” also boosts happiness.

The Journal of Happiness Studies published a study that explored this very topic:

Participants recalled a previous purchase made for either themselves or someone else and then reported their happiness. Afterward, participants chose whether to spend a monetary windfall on themselves or someone else. Participants assigned to recall a purchase made for someone else reported feeling significantly happier immediately after this recollection; most importantly, the happier participants felt, the more likely they were to choose to spend a windfall on someone else in the near future.

So spending money on other people makes us happier than buying stuff for ourselves. What about spending our time on other people? A study of volunteering in Germany explored how volunteers were affected when their opportunities to help others were taken away:

 Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall but before the German reunion, the first wave of data of the GSOEP was collected in East Germany. Volunteering was still widespread. Due to the shock of the reunion, a large portion of the infrastructure of volunteering (e.g. sports clubs associated with firms) collapsed and people randomly lost their opportunities for volunteering. Based on a comparison of the change in subjective well-being of these people and of people from the control group who had no change in their volunteer status, the hypothesis is supported that volunteering is rewarding in terms of higher life satisfaction.

In his book Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being, University of Pennsylvania professor Martin Seligman explains that helping others can improve our own lives:

…we scientists have found that doing a kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise we have tested.

7. Practice smiling – it can alleviate pain

Smiling itself can make us feel better, but it’s more effective when we back it up with positive thoughts, according to this study:

A new study led by a Michigan State University business scholar suggests customer-service workers who fake smile throughout the day worsen their mood and withdraw from work, affecting productivity. But workers who smile as a result of cultivating positive thoughts – such as a tropical vacation or a child’s recital – improve their mood and withdraw less.

Of course it’s important to practice “real smiles” where you use your eye sockets. It’s very easy to spot the difference:

make yourself happier smiling

According to PsyBlog, smiling can improve our attention and help us perform better on cognitive tasks:

Smiling makes us feel good which also increases our attentional flexibility and our ability to think holistically. When this idea was tested by Johnson et al. (2010), the results showed that participants who smiled performed better on attentional tasks which required seeing the whole forest rather than just the trees.

A smile is also a good way to alleviate some of the pain we feel in troubling circumstances:

Smiling is one way to reduce the distress caused by an upsetting situation. Psychologists call this the facial feedback hypothesis. Even forcing a smile when we don’t feel like it is enough to lift our mood slightly (this is one example of embodied cognition).

One of our previous posts goes into even more detail about the science of smiling.

8. Plan a trip – but don’t take one

As opposed to actually taking a holiday, it seems that planning a vacation or just a break from work can improve our happiness. A study published in the journal, Applied Research in Quality of Life showed that the highest spike in happiness came during the planning stage of a vacation as employees enjoyed the sense of anticipation:

In the study, the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for eight weeks.

After the vacation, happiness quickly dropped back to baseline levels for most people.

Shawn Achor has some info for us on this point, as well:

One study found that people who just thought about watching their favorite movie actually raised their endorphin levels by 27 percent.

If you can’t take the time for a vacation right now, or even a night out with friends, put something on the calendar—even if it’s a month or a year down the road. Then whenever you need a boost of happiness, remind yourself about it.

9. Meditate – rewire your brain for happiness

Meditation is often touted as an important habit for improving focus, clarity and attention span, as well as helping to keep you calm. It turns out it’s also useful for improving your happiness:

In one study, a research team from Massachusetts General Hospital looked at the brain scans of 16 people before and after they participated in an eight-week course in mindfulness meditation. The study, published in the January issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, concluded that after completing the course, parts of the participants’ brains associated with compassion and self-awareness grew, and parts associated with stress shrank.

Meditation literally clears your mind and calms you down, it’s been often proven to be the single most effective way to live a happier life. I believe that this graphic explains it the best:

calming-mind-brain-waves make yourself happier

According to Shawn Achor, meditation can actually make you happier long-term:

Studies show that in the minutes right after meditating, we experience feelings of calm and contentment, as well as heightened awareness and empathy. And, research even shows that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness.

The fact that we can actually alter our brain structure through mediation is most surprising to me and somewhat reassuring that however we feel and think today isn’t permanent.

We’ve explored the topic of meditation and it’s effects on the brain in-depth before. It’s definitely mind-blowing what this can do to us.

10. Practice gratitude – increase both happiness and life satisfaction

This is a seemingly simple strategy, but I’ve personally found it to make a huge difference to my outlook. There are lots of ways to practice gratitude, from keeping a journal of things you’re grateful for, sharing three good things that happen each day with a friend or your partner, and going out of your way to show gratitude when others help you.

In an experiment where some participants took note of things they were grateful for each day, their moods were improved just from this simple practice:

The gratitude-outlook groups exhibited heightened well-being across several, though not all, of the outcome measures across the 3 studies, relative to the comparison groups. The effect on positive affect appeared to be the most robust finding. Results suggest that a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits.

The Journal of Happiness studies published a study that used letters of gratitude to test how being grateful can affect our levels of happiness:

Participants included 219 men and women who wrote three letters of gratitude over a 3 week period.

Results indicated that writing letters of gratitude increased participants’ happiness and life satisfaction, while decreasing depressive symptoms.

For further reading, check out 7 Simple productivity tips you can apply today, backed by science, which goes even deeper into what we can do to be more grateful.

Quick last fact: Getting older will make yourself happier

As a final point, it’s interesting to note that as we get older, particularly past middle age, we tend to grow happier naturally. There’s still some debate over why this happens, but scientists have got a few ideas:

Researchers, including the authors, have found that older people shown pictures of faces or situations tend to focus on and remember the happier ones more and the negative ones less.

Other studies have discovered that as people age, they seek out situations that will lift their moods — for instance, pruning social circles of friends or acquaintances who might bring them down. Still other work finds that older adults learn to let go of loss and disappointment over unachieved goals, and hew their goals toward greater wellbeing.

So if you thought being old would make you miserable, rest assured that it’s likely you’ll develop a more positive outlook than you probably have now.

Want to chat about this article? Leave a comment below or send me an email with your thoughts.

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Belle Beth Cooper

Belle is the first Content Crafter at Buffer and co-founder of Exist. She writes about social media, startups, lifehacking and science.

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  • http://www.caelanhuntress.com/ Caelan Huntress

    The challenge is to create new habits and practice these regularly.

    I’m going to make a recurring appointment in my task manager to plan a trip every month – even if I don’t take one that often.

    • Leon M

      “In the study, the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for eight weeks.”
      According to the study, you could even get by with doing it every two months. ;)

  • Terrence Andrew Davis

    Highs and lows balance. Jesus said, “If you weep, you will laugh; if you laugh, you will weep.” Luke 6

    • louis dodge

      oye veys

  • Mark Rosenburgh

    I certainly believe that 13.9C is a bit too cold for being happy. I would rather say 33.9C make me much more happy.

    • Belle

      I was surprised at that one too, Mark! I certainly wouldn’t have guessed I’d be happy at anything below 18C!

      • Tueksta

        I think they did that study in the UK where the weather is generally colder. Or the 13.9°C comes from that time of spring, when pants and skirts get shorter and everybody is relieved that winter is over.

        • Belle

          Good point – the climate where the study was done could make a big difference.

          • Carol

            That’s right…..the humidity is high in the south and eastern areas, while the western air is dry! I live in Panama City, FL one block away from the bay. The salt air is very medicinal.

          • janaka

            but, at least in one research it is shown that there is no signoficant differance f happiness in people who live in cold countries and warm countries..besides the top 4 countries out of five are cold countries..1.costarica. 2. denmark. 3.iceland. 4.switzerland. 5. norway.

        • Yvonne

          The study was carried out in Japan. Here’s the link: http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/WCAS-D-11-00052.1

    • jasonwhite13

      I agree…57.02 degrees fahrenheit is cold as shit.

      • Eileen

        Personally think it depends on where you were born. I wouldn’t be happy at all with such low temperatures, also like the 33.9°C much much more. 13 would freeze my happiness ;)

        • Cecilia

          I’ve lived in south florida for a quarter century. It was miserable. 40-50 F makes me SO happy.

        • Jenny

          Yes, 30C makes me very happy, because it usually means summertime here in south Canada.

      • gabi

        Thanks, Jasonwhite13, you phrased that perfectly! The more “studies” I read, the more annoyed I get at the faulty results. :-D

        • Bbethany7

          Half the University science departments survive on grants to
          study things like “The Pernicious Effects of Hangnails During
          Sexual Intercourse” or “Why People Feel Better When They Win a Lottery”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001135881369 Grannie Cool

      If you are from the North, 57 (60) is a nice Spring day ! 40 is a nice Fall day ! You must all be from The South !!

      • Veronica

        people seem happier in the south :)

        • Mary

          Yes, we get more sunlight during the year.

          • midnight sun to midday moon

            All places get the same amount of sunshine over an entire year. Some places just get it all in one half of the year.

          • Bbethany7

            Some places are overcast with heavy cloud cover. Germany in wintertime, for example. Gloomy. Hence Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther.

        • gabi

          loll, Veronica, I love the way you’ve simply moved BEYOND the parameters of this study. :-D And, as you might be implying, warmer weather (and the good things accompanied by it) makes us feel better. Hell, they should be MRI-ing the brains of a bunch of US on this page… they’d get different results.

      • gabi

        I’ve lived in the North all my life. The thing is that the study did not say “outdoor weather.” So, while 60 is a nice Spring day OUTSIDE, as you say, 57-60 INDOORS is “yikes, the boiler’s broken and I’m freezing!!!”

    • Piyush

      Exactly. Though the desired temperature for me would be like something like 24C to 25C ….

      • femroc

        I like it when the temp is 72 degrees fahrenheit. Perfect.
        I’m in Texas – 100 degrees all the time in summer – HOT.
        But 72 is perfect.

        • http://cazort.net/ Alex Zorach

          72 sounds perfect, but I spent a summer in San Diego and I got very tired of that temperature…I craved just one hot, humid summer night like in the east…got it when I took a brief trip to Iowa…stepped off the plane and was like YEAH.

        • gabi

          Been to New Mexico, femroc? It’s true: DRY heat is much cooler. One day it was 81F and I was chilly… same in the Virgin Islands, 90 was incredibly wonderful (no humidity.)

    • http://cazort.net/ Alex Zorach

      I wonder if it has something to do with activity level…when it’s 13.9C (about 57F) I feel a little cool…and I often walk more briskly, or bounce around a little bit. I also find that temperature is the perfect temperature for aerobic activities…stuff like jogging, tennis, soccer (football for those outside the US).

      So I wonder if the lower temperature sparks greater physical activity…even if it’s just like, greater vigor or energy with doing basic things like walking around, and that creates a boost in mood.

      Then, when it gets cold beyond a certain point it actually discourages activity because people stay indoors, or just bundle up a lot and then are encumbered and discouraged from being too active.

    • gabi

      LOL, either they’ve found some very weird humans or it was a type. WHO, I ask, can be even remotely comfortable in 57 degrees?… a person who lives in Alaska? I’m with you, Mark Rosenburgh!

    • http://foundersfollies.blogspot.com/ Chredon

      But 13.9 is a good temperature for a warm cuddle with someone you love – and that can REALLY make you happy. :)

    • StoryBookStory

      I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where starting about mid October all the way to April we get snow and cold for pretty much all of it. The “average” temperature could be around minus 10 Celsius to minus 5 Celsius (that would be about 14 to 23 Fahrenheit) for about 5 to 6 months. It gets VERY difficult psychologically here over our 6 month winter….especially when we get our “cold snaps” of minus 25 -30 Celsius (-13 to -22 Fahrenheit) for weeks at a time throughout.

      BUT on the upside we do have beautiful blue skies here in Alberta which help. And hockey to, eh? :-)

    • Brenda

      I agree! I am thinking no less than 23.9C and up to 30.9 is happy for me! 13.9C is way too cold! I start dreading winter when it gets to 13.9C and winter is NOT my happiest time of year. Brrrrrrr………….

  • Leke

    I would imagine people get happier when they get older because they know they won’t around for much longer.

    • Andre Richards

      I think it’s that people gain enough wisdom to stop worrying about how much time they have left and just start enjoying it. In my younger years, I used to be terrified of the concept of dying. I hear that same fear expressed by my children occasionally. But as I’ve aged, I’m finding that concern has faded into the background almost to the point of looking silly. I’m not looking forward to the day my time is up obviously but I’m certainly no longer carrying it around as a frequent worry.

      • kafssaaran

        We spend our youth dreaming of getting older so we can do the things that we think make adults happy, then when we are older we dream of our youth and how we wasted it by not appreciating our health and freedom from responsibilities.

  • Ram

    Great article. I like the posts on your blog.

    Also, there is a typo in the last line “positive outlook *than* you probably have now”

    • Belle

      Fixed! Thanks for picking this up, Ram :)

  • Jjmckay

    Absolutely awesome. Going to print it out.

  • Sophie

    yes! and we focus only on the more important things as we age- and worry less about superficial stuff

  • Jeff

    Great Post. having done my thesis on the relationship between sleep and mood I can say you’re spot on with that. Its an evolutionary tool- as an animal get more tired it has to react more quickly to negative stimulus- predators. As we relinquished that need as we became more developed (you can all start your jokes here) we still had that tool in place but it was used instead to react more negatively towards other people without cause- simply becuase we were tired

  • Jeff B

    EXCELLENT advice. As someone who has struggled a lot with depression I can endorse this 100%.

  • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

    The one that works best for me is the Gym. It’s an essential part of my day but I only do 30 minutes of high intensity training. I do about 6 hours work then Gym and then work again and I’m rearing to go!!!! Great article.

  • Roger

    Yes as an Australian that just walked in the morning 13 is fine as long as there is no wind. My own preference is definitely is warm, cool man

    • Roachy

      Roger Lambert ????

  • James McKey

    Q1: Is the 13.9 degrees Celcius a “low end” or the actual optimal temperature?

    Q2: And if it’s not that temperature, I’m curious if it’s better to be a bit hotter or colder. I’m in Florida where the average temp for the month of January (Winter) is 23 degrees Celcium (71 F)! In July (dead of Summer) it’s 28C/82F. I guess I’d better go for walks at 3am.

    • Belle

      13.9 degrees was the optimal temperature found in the study, I believe. Obviously from the comments we don’t all agree on that one!

  • Franck

    “the older, the happier”, but the reason of this statistic, may just be that unhappy people die younger, commit suicide more often, take more risks, more drugs & alcool, and get more stress inducted diseases. Hence the increased number of happy older people.

    • Andre Richards

      That and you live and learn and outgrow a lot of silly concerns that bothered you in your younger years.

    • Jason A. Quest

      Or age leads to creeping dementia.

      • Eathan M.

        Gave me a chuckle there, thanks. :) See me practicing #10.

    • dianegordon

      good point!

    • Belle

      Could be, Franck. I guess that’s a tricky one to measure.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001135881369 Grannie Cool

      Bottom line – speaking as an older person – is that you quit giving a shit about stupid stuff !

      • gabi

        I just love when 85, 90, 95 year olds say, “Hey, I’m 90 years old. I can do whatever the hell I want.”

    • cranky old man

      Those of you who think getting old equals happiness aren’t old enough to know yet. Getting old SUCKS!

    • Imgood

      It’s been said that at 18 you worry what people think about you and at 40 you realize that people AREN’T thinking ANYTHING about you….they’re thinking about themselves! I’ve been happier by the decade…and less concerned about others’ judgments of me.

  • Tueksta

    Sound advice!

  • Philip Bradonjic

    Great post on a very important topic!

    I don’t know whether you have come across it yet. In case you haven’t, Martin Seligman has published a fantastic book about well-being, which argues to even go beyond happiness which incorporates a range of aspects you have already covered in your blog. The book is called “Flourish” – the seminal book on the new area of Positive Psychology. Might be a worthwhile read ;)

    • Belle

      It’s on my Amazon wish list already – definitely looks like a great read! Thanks for suggesting it :)

  • Peter Skoglund

    The “Exercise more – 7 minutes might be enough” part would assume that the reader doesn’t excercise at all.

    Spooky though that it might be a correct assumption for people that are looking for a quick fix (or as is the case here: ten quick fixes) to a happier life.

  • Shane

    Glad you included gratitude in the list. A habit of gratitude is an amazing way to enhance your life and happiness and for me personally, it’s probably the number one happiness factor.

    • holly

      My Mom does this. As I sit here watching her pass away I am hardly able to understand what she is saying. The one word I did pick up was “APPRECIATE”. She’s still thanking me…..even as she is going out. What a great lady. love you MOM.

  • http://www.creativekatrina.com Creative Katrina

    Great article with interesting insights! So many people dismiss the simplest things, but they really do work. Now you’ve made it easy for people to blow right through skepticism because the scientific proof is there in black and white. Fabulous!

    • Belle

      Thanks Katrina, glad you liked it!

  • Cold makes me INCREDIBLY happy

    13.9º ???? Nothing ruins my happiness more than cold weather. It makes me absolutely miserable.

    Happiness starts at 25º for me, and goes on well into the 30ºs.

    • Leke

      I guess it’s all about humidity for me. When it gets that warm, high humidity bothers me. At around 14C it’s no so bad. But yeah, nothing like a warm, dry, breezy day.

  • caldgargan

    So I do Tai Chi, and that is both exercise, concentration and meditation all in one. I notice the differences when I don’t do it regularly. Check it out Tai Chi for Health Institute

  • Sheila S

    You have left out one important point…Laugh…Laugh out Loud and you will feel happy.

    • Belle

      Good one, Sheila! That definitely helps :)

      • chrissymaxbliss

        sense of ‘umour rulez ok :) every time! Im 45 but look 25, cos I refuse to take anything seriously at all part from luurve and compassion yeah!

    • Barbara Corry

      Laughter is absolutely a mood elevator. I work part time on staff at a comedy club, and even if my day has not gone well, I leave the club in a completely different frame of mind after sitting through a comic’s set at the end of my shift – without any alcohol.

    • Joy Wilson Couch

      Right on Sheila!!

    • right the wrong

      or psychotic…

    • Bbethany7

      I worked in bars and restaurants for many years. One of life’s great drags is to be exposed to insincere, raucous, fake, phony howling laughter, The larger the group, the louder the shrieks and guffaws become. As a bartender/manager you can’t escape them, while not having the chance to call them hopeless assholes if you want to keep your job. I finally solved the
      problem by opening my own place with an ambience that didn’t appeal to
      screaming dimwits. Good move.

      • Lorea

        What is it called? What kind of ambiance?

        • Bbethany7

          Cafe Loup. Benign lighting, good art and photographs on the walls, Vivaldi, Bach, Tommy Flanagan, Stan Getz CDs played
          not too loud. Well spaced tables. Delicious food and affordable wines. You get the point.

          • John Gentile

            wish more people were like you man then maybe i could get along with them. my generations is so obnoxious its hard to want to hang out with them

          • Mary Ann

            Been there. Nice jazz brunch. Lovely place.

      • guest01

        Laughter, “appropriate” or not, has always been good for you. Even if insincere, fake, or what not. There maybe better ways to lighten one’s mood but still…

    • VICTOR

      LIKE.SHARE.SPREAD if you can relate to https://www.facebook.com/whatisvictory

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  • http://niel.delarouviere.com NielDLR

    Great post Beth!

    I actually smiled when I saw the pic in nr.7. Then it made me happy! I love these tips.

    • Belle

      Glad you liked it! Thanks for reading :)

      • femroc

        All of these tips are things that anyone could benefit from, however, not just those with fibromyalgia. I’d like some ideas to take away my constant pain I suffer with daily. I sleep, exercise, eat ok, have friends, serve others, go to church, sing, enjoy life, swim……….but still in misery I never talk about to anyone………just suffer. Got help for me??

        • Karen

          cranial sacral therapy!

        • Taryn Moore Pyle

          Have you heard of Kris Carr? Google her, and read her story. I believe that what she proposes works. I have been trying it now for about a year on pain and inflammation and have had amazing results.

          • femroc

            Thanks ill check it out.

  • http://www.makelearningfun.info/ Jeremy

    Good tips. It’s funny though how you can prove anything with brain-scan images. In tip 1, happiness comes with more brain activity; in tip 9 with less.

    • Belle

      Good point, Jeremy—brain scans aren’t all that useful on their own (unless you’re a neuroscientist, I guess!) since the brain has so many different kinds of activity, some of which we want more or less of. I like how they help solidify the points of the research I read, though :)

    • Puneet

      Tip 1 is more body activity not mind activity. And knowing the difference is meditation.

      • gabi

        The whole “idea” of Tip #! is that the physical CAUSES MIND ACTIVITY. “Knowing the difference” is not “meditation.” ;-)

    • Michael Cooper


      and fmri can be prone to statistical errors

      • Jim

        That salmon study is flawed as well, but your point is still very valid. fMRI research, which is still in its infancy, has people often overstating the generalizability of findings. This article is junk in terms of brain science.

        • Michael Cooper

          Agreed, and it was flawed for a point, speaking to those studies that rely on overly-fine discriminations in voxel data that lack the statistical power to clearly demonstrate a real signal from noise.

        • gabi

          The vast generalizations of most “studies” are frustrating, hence, annoying… especially since I frequently do not “fit.” For instance, extremely rarely have I ever felt “refreshed” or “good” upon awakening. Contrary to this study’s findings, my mood and my mental focus are not only improved but heightened by severe sleep deprivation – not just getting less sleep but getting no sleep for a day or 2… which is why I always got “A”s on term papers. ;-D

    • http://thinkersplayground.com/ Gavin Morrice

      Where the activity takes place in the brain also influences your mood:


    • gabi

      The fact that taking a walk, as opposed to sitting quietly, stimulates the brain more is very obvious (and needs no studies or MRIs ;-D ) If one is stimulated by things, one’s brain will be more active & stimulated. This is kind of a tautology. Why didn’t they compare MENTAL activity to PHYSICAL activity. I will bet that my listening to Vladimir Horowitz play Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody #2 will ACTIVATE my brain more than a walk… or any number of walks. Same goes for Beethoven’s #7 Symphony. I become SO “mentally activated” that I’m careful as to when I listen to certain pieces, as I know I might become exhausted after so much intense *mental activity.* So… long-windedly stated, I think you’re right about wondering.

      • Bbethany7

        Listen to Beethoven and Liszt on your walkman while moving at a blood-stirring pace, thus killing 2 birds, etc. However be alert when you’re listening to music in traffic.

    • Pankaj

      It may be get you interested – body has an effect on mind and mind has an effect on body. In tip 1 exercising is having an effect on brain activity and in tip 9 mind(brain) is settling down from chaos (countless thoughts that cross the mind every moment) from meditation.

    • Mahesh Madhav

      We can elucidate this with thousands-year-old Indian philosophy. The mind is affected by three modes of nature (gunas), which are Tamas, Rajas,
      and Sattva.

      Tamas=dull, slothful.

      Rajas=energetic, frenetic.
      Sattva=balanced, peaceful.

      We all go through these states over the course of the day; and even animals are affected by them. A dog can be lazy and lying down one minute. Five minutes later it is up running around with energy. After that, it could be standing at attention, poised and on the lookout.

      tradition states that if you recognize your mind is in Tamas, you can
      move to Rajas by doing exercise. And that if you recognize your mind is
      in Rajas, you can move to Sattva by sitting and meditating.This is
      directly supported by the scientific evidence above, in Tips 1 and 9.
      There is a big difference between Tamas and Sattva – they may appear the
      same from a physical point of view, but there is a stark constrast with
      which portions of the brain are active/inactive. Compare a lazy man
      laying under a tree with the Buddha sitting under a tree.

      I hope that explains the apparent fallacy that you pointed out.

      • JoanZ

        Excellent explanation!
        Thank you!

    • Bastion

      Go on, doctor.

  • Anna Mingie

    See everybody, what I’ve said all along is true.

  • Jbal Colgate

    I can boil it down to 3 things, no need to read whole article! ;))) 1. More rest
    2. More sex 3.забивать и посылать нахер все кто тебе канопатит мозги! ГЫГЫГЫГЫГЫЫГЫГ

  • http://www.pauljolicoeur.com/ Paul Jolicoeur

    Great list!

  • Marie

    I just turned 58 and I can tell you that the happiness comes more from exiting the rat race than anything else. When it’s me making the decision to exit, it’s fine. However, there are little pushes that remind you that it is not all up to you.

  • theirmind

    Happy is not important, what is important for you to just happy? That is the meaning.

  • LadyG

    I thought that 13.9 C was a little chilly and I can see why it might lead to happiness! I mean it’s just cool enough to cuddle and too cold or hot!

  • Dibshidski

    After a blistering hot July – September, with temperatures into the 90′s even into October, 57 degrees is a HUGE welcome! All you have to do is look around at all the smiling faces, the brisk, cheerful walks when the temperature finally drops, to know that this is true. Happiness, REAL happiness, begins at 13.9!!

  • Ray Ivey

    The bad grammar and spelling in this document is enough to make me doubt the veracity of the writer’s claims.

    • Dibshidski

      I don’t think Belle Beth Cooper is actually responsible for any of the claims from the study upon which she is reporting…

    • FreshPrince

      i agree. i don’t know why buffer hired this “writer”…

  • chontzy

    Out of curiosity I looked up the average temperature where I live: 13.9 C (57 F) degrees is the exact average temperature in San Francisco!

  • Allison Ballinger Keesey

    needs to be warmer than that to encourage me to go out as the cooler the weather, the harder it is to move., solar therapy I so believe in …makes me feel much happier, as it warms me up , inside and out ..California Northern. USA

  • Debbie And-Bob Riggs

    I agree with Grannie Cool

  • smiley

    With steps as easy as these to follow there should be no excuse for people being unhappy all the time.. They say, practice makes perfect, so…………. I gotta go & get practicing!!!!!!

  • http://mustachioventures.blogspot.com/ Mustachio

    Great article! But 13.9C in a tropical country would mean staying inside an airconditioned room heheh :D

  • Robert Bresler

    Excellent article!

  • Klaus

    Great post. You must feel really happy now for helping others to be happier! About meditation, neuroscience and happiness, there is this great google talk by Rick Hanson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EM45CpeQb4 and of course the book that preceded it. But I never seem to be able it over the – fictional – 28 days or – more real – 66 days mark for changing a habit (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/oct/10/change-your-life-habit-28-day-rule) …

  • https://www.facebook.com/supernatural411 SPN411

    Excellent tips , but for me another one is sharing my life with my fur babies. Animals enrich our lives so much and ask very little in return except, food shelter and of course lots and lots of love. I could not imagine life without them!

  • Doug

    The only way to true happiness is through God. Man made attempts are futile. When we see worldly lists, let’s be grateful He gave us a sense of humor!

  • Rob

    Surprise yourself. Do things you never thought you could do – key to happiness in my experience

  • Cleo

    I was surprised to see that in an article about happiness, linked to fibromyalgia, temperature was what sticked to the readers… I can understand fibro and low temperature down go together… But come on there are so many good hints in this article, which happens to provide several sources of studies that substantiate the article. Let’s be grateful for such a compilation of good hints and concentrate on how to practice them in the incredible fast pace of life, what leads me to establishing priority in our lives. Many thanks for the great article Belle!

  • Raine Lourie

    A very similar exercise to the gratitude exercise is “What Went Well,” as described by Martin Seligman in his book Flourish. It was shown to effectively increase happiness in a randomized, placebo-controlled study.

    My friend Catia and I are offering a facilitated Google Hangout to learn and practice this proven positive psychology exercise. We’re accepting signups now, so if you’re interested, check it out!


  • Eathan M.

    Three things I found very helpful when turning my attitude around years ago:
    1. I decided I was going to be happy and made peace with myself
    2. I looked for it around me and spent time appreciating it, everything from blooming flowers to colorful socks on a smiling child
    3. I put more energy into understanding the people around me, the points they made, why they did what they did, their perspectives rather than trying to be heard or make myself understood. If you ever catch yourself in a conversation waiting for an opening to make your point, stop and listen, really listen. The speaker has a point too and you’ll have a better conversation for listening to it.

    • Shell

      Your last point Eathan is terrific. That’s what I always remind myself to do after I have a conversation and can hear only my words playing back in my head! Waiting for an opening is exactly when I start my self indulgent ramble to keep the conversation going…

      • gabi

        LOL, Shell, sounds like you might need to find a couple of actually *interesting* people… else you would not need to go into “self-indulgent ramble…” They’re not easy to find, but every so often we can come across a human who is intelligent, knowledgeable and *vibrant,” with whom we feel equally vibrant/alive.

      • Jenny Tam

        I’m half happy now!!

    • gabi

      Yes, Eathan M. As Krishnamurti always said: Watch and listen to what is around you. And, in the 1960s it was “Be here now.” ;-D

    • Mike

      Yes, but some people talk because that’s their way of being happy. You have no chance making your point with them. Ever.

    • priti jha

      Totally agree!

    • HRH

      What a wonderful way to live life, I will have to try your approach ;)

  • IamBullyproofMusic

    This is really too much fun. I’m going outside to hug a tree :-)

  • judye

    Great article, dennis.. will send around. love to you …judye

  • A Proper Lady

    Sing! You left out one of the best mood enhancers! It has, all too unfortunately, fallen out of favor.

  • Angeles Gonzalez

    Thank you for giving us scientific basis for this points I already experienced. I’m 67 years old and fell better each day

  • supreme

    Inspirational though ..One question to author??? Have u conducted the research on people before and after reading this blog??? Laugh out loud (lol) :)

  • supreme

    I read all the post and the last tip(10). I have found that many of my colleagues are unaware of this fact and not practicing this before commenting on this blog. Just share the good things you learnt…Don’t share illusions please. :) Illusion is the virtual state of mind..Why don’t u act in real?? Coz we are natural :)

  • Joanne

    I believe that plan travel is much happier then actually have one! I always feel down when my flight arrive in the airport

  • Felicity K
  • http://lisadelay.com/blog Lisa Colon DeLay

    great work, Belle!

  • sarah

    you’ve missed another point too – get up in the morning and decide to be happy :-) If you can’t make it fake it and after a while you’ll find it’s real.

  • http://www.destructoid.com Niero Gonzalez

    11. Stop reading articles on being happy and go do something that actually makes you happy.

    I like how wholesome these are. Where are the brain scans of the drug junkies and swingers?

  • Dana Banu

    Very scared by the Quick last fact ;-)

  • Rita Britnell

    This article has been pointed out by a client of ours this morning. To enhance and feel more peace and happiness inside you, we bring awareness to opening up the back heart chakra which most people are not familiar with. Check out the Rose Exercise – Opening Your Heart Meditation. http://harmony-healing.blogspot.ca/2012/11/how-to-open-your-heart-guided-heart.html There is also a DVD you can download which explains it fully. When you open the back heart, you will feel more love, joy, peace and loving relationships with yourself and others when doing all of the activities you write about. Peace, Love, Joy Thomas and Rita

  • BillTX

    The only one i object to is moving closer to work. Instead, find creative ways to get to work. Ride a bike as far as you can and use public transit (like rail) for part of it.

  • https://www.facebook.com/DakinAssociates Shaun Dakin

    #11 Stop Reading the Internets, particularly the partisan parts.

    Doesn’t matter if you are Left or Right. Since I stopped watching Cable TV and reading partisan blogs and media I am soooo much happier.

    #12 Give people the benefit of the doubt and listen to their story. Be kind.

  • Ikka

    Wonderful message. I totally agree and needed to come across this linked buffer post when I was feeling down

  • General Mayhem
  • Donna

    Great….but I think forgiveness is a good one….you can practice smiling all you want but if you harbor anger from not forgiving someone…you still will have unhappiess.

  • Chris Todd

    Well, I am getting older…

  • Dee

    I’ve really struggled over the past 6 months to find anything to be happy about. My life is imploding from every direction & I’m crying pretty much everyday. Reading everyone’s comments/input has given me hope that there is a reason to keep going, to smile, to plan for the future. Thank you everyone :)

    • Imgood

      Wishing you strength, Dee…and telling you that there may be better days to come. Don’t know the source of your sorrows but I have had mine and then this got better, even though it seemed awful at the time…heartbreak, job loss, miscarriages…. Here’s a hug…

  • The Tucson Songstress

    Loved this blog so much that I wrote a response to it on my blog. Check it out! http://tucsonsongstress.com/2013/08/16/feelin-groovy-761/

    • Belle

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Lana Bergen

    I love it! Yes, laughter would be a good one to add AND dancing…OPA!

  • Amit Kapoor

    in tip 1 – Exercise more – 7 minutes might be enough – I was looking for what to do in 7 mins to be fit. The scan explains the benefits of a 20 mins walk. Whatever happened to the 7 mins? ;) Lazee me!

    • Belle

      Hi Amit,

      The 7 minute workout was a very specific example, the link to the New York Times article will explain that one more. In general, our point was that a short bout of exercise can be beneficial. Although I’ve had some friends do the 7 minute exercise routine and it is way harder than a 20 minute walk! Just so you’re prepared :)

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    HUG others! Touch makes both happy through release of oxytocin. Of course, Always ask first! HUG!

  • Candace Ann

    Children, on average, laugh out loud 300 times per day . Adults lol 15 times per day. Find something to laugh about and laugh :)

  • http://trailertrashrealness.tumblr.com/ Jordan Pennington

    some of these sound neat, but um…how exactly does one quantify “happiness” for the purpose of a scientific study?

  • Elaine

    When I get upset about something I jump into a good fast paced novel with lots of intrigue. Usually the characters’ problems are bigger than mine, and I get lost in the story. By the time I look up, stuff is in perspective.

  • happylady

    I agre all the money n the world would b useless if u didn’t have loved ones to spend it with. I also find it very rewarding blessing others. Money yes but service work makes me feel so good about myself. Ofcourse laughter. Also ask your Dr. Sex releases chemicAls Asian indorphines etc.the lady Dr on the Drs tv show said she recommended 1orgasim a day increases your health as well as happiness.

  • Bill Everett

    sort of discovered the “quick last fact” for myself when, approaching
    my mid-30s (near the end of the 1970s), I did a complex mental
    multilinear regression analysis of my prior life experience with an
    outcome space of possible variously weighted criterion functions. The
    surprising fact was that exactly ONE factor was consistently highly
    correlated with the criterion function REGARDLESS of the particular form
    of that criterion function. I consequently resolved to devote my
    conscious life-living efforts to that ONE factor that had a consistent
    positive payoff, regardless of the weighting of the desirability of
    different aspects of my experience. I resolved to devote my everyday
    conscious effort to trying to trying to get at least a little bit older
    every day.

  • Jeni

    I loved this–great article! excellent.

  • http://www.EducationAtHome.ca/ Debbie Ruston

    Love Shawn Achor’s work…have heard him speak on 3 separate occasions. Something I have realized is that people are generally unhappy when they are doing things that don’t align with what they want or believe in. People go to work everyday at jobs they hate because they have to pay the bills. If you are unhappy in your work, change your work. It is always a choice.

  • Hasenschwanz

    One very important fact left out: Do not watch TV or at least do not watch the TV News. It will ruin your day before it starts.

  • Amelia M. Cabral

    Laughter, yes, and prayer in any form that you use! My prayer is being outside in the natural world every day! And remember, no one or no material thing can make you happy. Happiness comes from within. You are the source of your happiness.

  • LindaB

    I would add having an animal companion to the list.

  • Jody

    Getting older increases happiness? Talk to me again when you get there. ;-)

  • Dileep Naik

    I think this is wonderful I must practice this.,

  • Emily

    I agree w/ most of these with the exception of 13.9 Celsius which is only 57.2 degrees Fahrenheit. I don’t know of anyone who could be happy at that temperature except for maybe a polar bear!

  • IUKA1861

    Like this post and signed up! thx!

  • Lydia

    what about having sex with your spouse?

    • NippleHuggers(R)

      Lydia, after all those posts (and I agree with most if not all) but I could not help but wonder why Sex was not included as a “Happiness” exercise. Orgasms also light up the brains like a Christmas tree, and has been scientifically proven to make us Healthier is we have sex once a week. Of course over time a marriage has to spice things up one way or another – the same thing gets old. Sex and the Midlife/Golden years is my forte for both Health and Happiness.

  • CShell

    Totally disagree with the “getting older” part. I just turned 60…got laid off two years ago, can’t find a job and am struggling financially. Dealing with very stubborn elderly mother’s dementia as well as her house and finances – it’s like wading through mud. Family and friends are getting sick and dying and I’m wondering how much longer I’ll be able to mow my own lawn, shovel the walks, stack firewoood, etc. because I’m aging. Despite doing volunteer work and staying engaged with various things I still dread waking up in the morning. Whoever coined the term “Golden Years” is way off base. I do agree with the rest of your points however.

  • Ginger

    Great article! Thanks!

  • PeresTriana

    Listening or playing music, reading or writing a paper or book should also included in that list…

  • Wes

    You forgot to mention not reading trolling comments on blog posts :)

  • Mack

    I look at pictures of Boo the dog and I always smile

  • mo

    Helping others seems counterintuitive??? What world is the author from! How about this for some advise, go spend your life in service to others, this includes your family, friends, and community. Instead of constantly looking inward, spend some time looking outward. Imo

  • Mike Venuto

    so true…

  • tom mclaughlin

    Pray the maple leafs will win the stanley cup! eat chocolate with out guilt, be nise to lower paid persons and make them feel included, Tell cops what you realy think!

  • Vicki Skinner

    LOVING/having PASSION for your job, partner, city you live in, your family, the people around you – ALL make a HUGE difference with ones level in happiness!!!!

  • m2

    How about PRAYER ? It’s helped billions of lives over centuries. And it will help yours.

  • Cheryl B

    Enlightening article…I will share this with my 20 something children utilizing a huge aging smile.

  • Vik C

    Great article!

  • Anon

    Doing something that you like, maybe reading or playing video games?

  • Bridget

    The graphs you included we’re largely unlabeled so not very helpful. Though I think the points were all valid.

  • Fiona Murphy

    #7 is SPOT ON!!! :)

  • cdhansen

    well worth the read …. especially the part discussing “vacations” and getting older!

  • Patrice

    Love what you have written and your approach however I think you have missed a very important area. Movement and music – when people move to music so many different things happen to them on physical, mental and sometimes even spiritual levels and they happen regularly. The effect of music combined with movement has been proven to enhance not just mood and happiness but also cognitive functioning. Now if you do it in the open for 20 minutes or so you are combining even more “feel good” elements. Try singing with movement, any form of body movement from slow QiKong to music (a form of physical meditation) to hip hop dancing or jumba all of which will give a major boost to your happiness, mood, energy level, feel good level and a more positive outlook on life.

  • nope

    Never been to this site before.
    3 fucking popups before I even got halfway through the article.
    Never coming back to this site.

  • http://www.ahhthesimplelife.com/ Carol Preibis

    Belle and All, I appreciate all of your tips. I think gratitude is the number one facilitator of happiness (at least for many), probably followed by helping others. Yo might like my blog post “Happiness How To’s” at http://www.ahhthesimplelife.com/happiness-tos/

  • jezster

    i like, i like very much

  • jezster


  • James Gibson

    Awesome job!

  • Gabe

    If you laugh and ain’t happy you might come off as slightly insane. :P

  • Sarah

    Such a great article! It’s interesting there isn’t more of a focus on this in popular culture when our culture holds happiness up so high.

  • http://www.ahhthesimplelife.com/ Carol Preibis

    You may like my blog post. Learn more about the research being done in the area of positive psychology. Happiness can be learned and practiced. http://www.ahhthesimplelife.com/happiness-tos/

  • http://entreb.com/ Entreb

    For me, happiness is a mysterious thing, and for that we have to continue in finding happiness, not only for ourselves, but also for other people. I love that you have incorporated health and science in finding happiness. I agree that adequate sleep and exercise can give us the right happy energies.

  • BB

    Here’s another one: hang out with happy people. Nothing brings me down more than being around negativity and complaining.

  • Jeff Watkins

    Laughter is but one part of the two piece set to soul, the other part being excitement. Top ten list of ways to pursue happyness include singing, dancing, telling jokes..

  • Andrew Baxter

    This article is crazy misleading even despite the qualifying words like “might” and “could”. Here is all I have to say.


  • demond

    What! No sex? That list is bogus.

  • John

    Thanks, I needed this after an image I should not have seen.

  • quick irv

    Happiness is not something you experience— it’s something you remember…

  • gwendolyn

    Thank you for this! It all rings true…up until the last comment. If we grow happier as we get older, why at there so many grumpy old people who just get grumpier with age?

    • Belle

      Good point, Gwendolyn – the important thing to remember about scientific studies on humans is that they are always based on averages, rather than specific cases. Hope that helps :)

  • Skeptic7

    I read that looking at pictures of familiar faces including baby pictures of grown children, also spikes the brain with good feelings. I tried it and it works.


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  • Dr. a. Abraham

    Respect the other persons world.
    Life is the only teacher that gives you an experience and then teaches you. so welcome all experiences, good and bad and leanings.never let someone else run your life. Be your own best friend.

  • Amanda B

    I disagree with that last one. I live with two older people, who both are not happy… hell one intentionally picks fights and such.

  • krish

    Brilliant read

  • Dr. M

    My dear friend Belle Beth Cooper, Salute!

    I love to put in your brilliant collection of happiness of older active people, over 40 and 50, one certain state-of-happiness. It is simple. It is about DOING EVERYDAY
    JOB THAT YOU LOVE, educated or trained or “cultured” for.

    Over my life, 53, I met people who were very wealthy, but they were no so happy as my Colleagues, Engineers, Workers and Business Partners, who made their success and happiness steadily and progressing gradually. What is the difference? You DO what you LOVE to do. And many people around you smiling together with you, about BIG Mistakes and Big Summits.

    Dr. M


  • gaviota

    Oh !! Yes!! Sounds very very good. I do most of all. But as you get older and your kids are fly away. And you want so much to find a companionship share just the simple things in life… Ups!! you wake up.. and …Wala… your bed is empty..!! I do volunteer work.. I do up with my friends,, Guess what????.. they are ro busy… Oh yes.. and many men.. are so ..! Oh!! well .. surching… and lost.. just like I’m. trying to find ..what?.. the imposible.. older ones.. dream to have a young one.. and so on and on.. More are looking for superficial body’s and they are willing to pay for it. so..
    What can i say…Oh yeah… !! be happy.. Ups!!! how? when Im half empty.

  • Amit Bansal

    Good job, Belle.

  • Cyprian

    “Older, particularly past middle age, we tend togrow happier naturally.” Study shows that older people spend more time in NOW :) I think this is true reason.

  • Dani

    great article, well done;D

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    Very nice post. Thanks. The getting older thing, its quite interesting. I can say i feel like it. Laugh is definitely the greatest ever. hehe

  • Julia

    Here are a few…1)Animals..spend time with them
    2)Little ones..see their innocence
    3)Nature..spend time in it..hear the wind without traffic
    4)Music..or a friendly book..both can soothe
    5)Avoid people that feed on your suffering at all costs
    6)Don’t over schedule your lifestyle
    7)Be the person you want to have around you
    8) Never forget the incredible fact that the universe is
    vast, beautiful and contains billions of galaxies~

  • michele

    also, sleep with more men with bigger cocks. it makes you happier.

  • Me

    13.9 celcius degrees? Thats absurd. Maybe not if you live in a country with no spring nor summer but the number is not to be trusted. You cant even ride a bike without a sweater at that temperature… I can say that I am happier when I can walk around with no shirt, comfortable other than when I am cold and can´t go in the swimming pool. Just an opinion never the less. :D

  • Kane

    I became depressed a fews days after finishing high school, i wasn’t suicidal depressed just hated life and basically miserable,
    one morning i just woke up and just decided straight away i was start going on a run, more exercises so i started, after a few days i was already feeling better and my family noticed it too. after a few weeks my happiness was at an all time high. but now i can feel it dropping day by day. i feel like its lots of little things joining together and fighting back, no highschool which was a daily routine for me for 5 years, college is only 2 days a week compared to 5 days a week at highschool which means more time being at home doing very little (being lazy most of time) family regulary having little arguements. Applying for jobs to try and get me out of the house. i have applied close to 50 which none were successful which over time is demoralising and makes you feel worthless. I’m scared that im going back to this miserable me again, i know i need to do my routine again , exercise etc.
    another demoralising reality check is that it has always been my dream to join the army (sound like a little kid)
    i went into the army clinic to get checked out where i was replied to with a no as i have asthma, i knew it would be a problem but i just wanted to show them its just a word. i had been running for school after school being 2nd or 1st in almost every competion where there was 1000+ fit healthy non-asthmatic runners. Another demoralsing truth on my slide down to rock bottom :-/

    • http://www.ahhthesimplelife.com/ Carol Preibis

      Hello Kane, I am so very sorry for your troubles. I have a few suggestions that may be helpful: 1) Please try an antidepressant. I know from personal experience how helpful this can be. 2) Recognize that you are not alone. Many people, myself included, have made it through some very tough patches and come out the other side into a sunny period. 3) Think about what things you enjoy and try to map these to your college studies and work life. 4) Try to help others. You will be amazed by the pleasure this will give you.

      I recently published this article on my blog: “Mindfulness Plus Compassion Equals Happiness” at http://www.ahhthesimplelife.com/mindfulness-plus-compassion-equals-happiness/ I hope that something there will be of some help to you.

      I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  • Hameed

    What about Sex? Doesn’t it give you happiness? I believe, certainly it does.

  • evelyn

    Excellent, good I am happy……

  • Kajal

    This article was amazing I sent it to everyone i know, please keep blogging!
    And thank you for making the world a happier place:)

  • Lee Carter

    Thank you for this info… I did not know that my business was allowing me to do and show others how working with me we all are … Getting more Exercise – enjoying a better nights sleep – ( short Commute) we work out of our home – We are spending more time with our Friends & family because of our work – Not only are we able to get outside to enjoy the fresh air But we learn how to get the toxic harmful cleaners out of our home – We are helping others 700 hours to over 2,000 hours a year. – As we each are getting heather and have more income and see how we are changing the lives of other people we all have a lot more Smiles – Not only do we get to plan trips to wonderful places they are Expense paid by someone else – By working from Home we get time to Meditate… think happy thoughts…relax with calm thoughts – and we always practice Gratitude as we say Thank you for help from others.
    helpingpeopleforever@gmail.com We care about people, the Earth and our family and we Thank you again for your post to help people.


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  • pumpkin

    What if you have a clingy insecure husband. How does s person attain happiness when their spouse is always in their space?

  • Olive

    Great article. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://10stepstofindingyourhappyplace.blogspot.com/ Galen Pearl

    This is a terrific article! I loved the scientific research that supports what many people instinctively know. Thank you!

  • agl

    These practises are amazing.Constant breaks and self-introspection is very important.

  • Dickhead

    What a bunch of shit. This is a recipee to make a happy slave.

    Don’t commute, have a small house close to work, don’t take trips just plan one … wow, talking about a robot.

    Instead suggest people to have a large house in the suburbs or rural area, large happy family and lots of free time … you chose how you will live. Don’t try to be happy if you failed in the start

  • domic sands

    Loneliness sometimes does not make a person anymore the unhappier, it sometimes gives you room to think making ideas out of ideals, getting to know onesself better, in many – ways! A step in the right direction, finding your true HAPPINESS. In one word, let it be heard.
    Another good idea as regards to the mere fact that we are forgetting ourselves, always trying to please the other person. In reality true meaning of life is to be enjoying it: Firstly taking that loneliness out of your sparetime can compensate, making up for lost time. Being happy sewing, making Needle Craft a new Shirt/Blouse unique interesting, can also be causing you so much enjoyment, choosing colours to add to texture. Not merely viewing shops.
    Getting to grips with finding cups and saucers for the home decor, trying out new schemes for table tops and mats with chair seatings;ample enough to get you an average score of 20/20 making yourself happy.

  • Nicolas Daudin

    I love your posts Belle, they are awesome!!!! Thanks again for this study!!!! I will take action and use some of your advice (for example, I used to meditate 5 or 10 minutes every morning and for some reason after my holidays I stopped that routine, well I’ll take it again)!

    • Belle

      Thanks Nicolas! That’s awesome to hear :)

  • http://dbakeca.com Dbakeca Italia

    good to know

  • Ame Kindasia Oaikhena

    THANK to the author of this site and Dr great oshogum for all he have done in my life, I lost my relationship during MAY i suspected my ex was into another relationship i could not talk to him about it or even contact a spell caster to help me because of how much i love him and his promise of marrring me. i was scared of losing him after some time J. peter left me with so many pains and with pregnancy to another woman since then i have been heart broken and shattered. Now i was left with no option than contact a spell caster because i do love my husband. so, I contacted like 5 spell casters and they ask of money but i was so afraid that they might get me rip of my money . I have Emailed so many sites online looking for a good spell caster till i was directed by mum husband (MR LONGER DUKE) to great Dr oshogum because Dr oshogum him help him to get his wife back some times past. so when i contacted Dr oshogum with (+2348189075265
    via email oshogumspelltemple@live.com), At first i never believed him because he was requesting for some amount of money to buy items after he consulted his great and powerful god, it took me three weeks be convinced by MR LONGER DUKE and something occur to my mind and i said let me give him a trial.
    I was very shocked when j. peter called me four days after i sent Dr oshogum the items money. He apologies for all he has done wrong and i should allow him back to my heart. sincerely i am very happy that we are together today because he proposed to me last night. sir the great Dr i am very grateful and happy for what you have done for me. I will advise you my friends out there who have emotional problems or health to contact him now via email oshogumspelltemple@live.com because he has done wonders in my life and i believe he can help you out in any problem.
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  • Not so happy with Belle

    Hey Belle- You should read the science rather than simply post it and make assumptions. You are misleading your followers. For example, the Hillman et al. study that showed brains after 20-minutes of walking has absolutely nothing to do with happiness! I read the study (you should too!). Happiness is never mentioned once in the entire article. Rather, it focuses on attention and school achievement. Those pictures show changes in children’s ability to focus, not their happiness. If you misrepresented that study, how can we take your word on the others? You need to read the science before posting it!

  • jyanzi

    no need to thank me. i am helping u so i can b happy!

  • Naturalist

    Laughing Loud for no reason ???

  • Nelson izah
  • dude

    none of these work

  • j.m.m.

    it’s funny that you didn’t mention playing. i think one reason so many people are unhappy is that they have lost the ability to play. Adult life has so little room in it for creative expression, silliness, spontaneous fun…is it any wonder people are walking around all grim and bleak? Add to that the usual adult responsibilities and nightly news and we’re like the walking dead. I think learning to play and have fun is a major part of being happy.

  • Adibble

    My brother just died and none of these help

  • Political cheese

    Try to resist the fact that poo tastes great

  • qyna

    As I scientist, I inherently look for evidence to support claims made by others. This was undoubtedly one of the best articles I have ever read on HuffPo. In fact, it made such a profound impression on me that I’ve printed it out and put it on my wall, and then sent a copy to family and friends. Thank you for all of the work you did compiling this information into a very informative article.

  • audrey

    I don’t know how to express my gratitude to magic and spell cast. I have been a single mum for two months when my husband left me for another woman. I couldn’t stay without him. I was devastated and so lonely. I tried to beg him to come back but he wouldn’t listen to me or even pick my calls, then i decided to take to bringing him back at all cost. I tried a couple of spellcasters but no evidence that my husband was coming back till i came across this man online. I didn’t expect anything to happen but i kept my fingers crossed and just as magic is unbelievable my man came back to me some weeks ago begging me to take him. making promises of never leaving me and my son. Thanks Dr. Yoguda of the acientspellhome@gmail.com Audrey

  • Louis

    I never thought it would happen, but thanks to Dr. Lee and his amazing money spell, I just won the lottery! I have played every day for a year and never won more than a few dollars, but with Dr. Lee money spell, I finally won an extremely big prize! Thank you Dr for being my good luck charm! If you be happy like me I will advise you to just contact Dr. Lee via: Ancientfathersandmothers@gmail.com and I promise you won’t regret it in any way.

  • http://smartliving365.com/ Kathy @ SMART LIving 365.com

    So glad to see Gratitude on this list. It is HUGE and yes, scientifically proven. All of them are great reminders but with Thanksgiving right around the corner this is the perfect time to put your focus there. Thanks for the reminder…here’s a link to my 30-Gratitude Challenge if anyone is interested… http://smartliving365.com/second-annual-smart-living-30-day-gratitude-challenge-2013/

  • leena
  • Pradeep

    stunning article, i must read it again. (and again). I specifically like the scientific evidence you have placed inline.

    Please evaluate my blog too @ http://togethappiness.blogspot.in/ it deals more with the concept of happiness.
    Thank you so much.

  • Mixin

    I don’t believe “sleep more “will make people happier. Should also consider the individual differences, for me, 4-6hours sleep is definitely enough and I don’t feel happier if i had more than this.

  • john walter

    My name is Mr john live in Indonesia and I’m happily married with a lovely wife and three children.I had a very big problem with my wife few months ago,to the extent that she even packed her things away from me and my kids for almost 5 months,and i tried all my possible best and effort to bring her back,but all to no avail.I discussed it with a very good friend of mine,and he gave me an advice concerning a spell caster,and i quote.“There’s someone who can handle your situation,he’s always ready and able to do anything related to spell casting,i will like you to contact him with his email,which is as follows.”Ogbapaullovespellcaster@gmail.com I never believed in spell casting,but he convinced me and i had no choice than to follow his advice,because i never dream of loosing my lovely wife.And that’s how i contacted him with his email address,and i discussed with him and so surprisingly,he told me that I’ll get my wife back a day after.so i never believed,until when i got home,the next day,my wife called me to inform me that she was coming back…..So amazing!! That’s how i got my wife back through spell casting and our relationship was now stronger than how it was before.One of the price i was asked to pay was to tell it to people around me that problems like this,can always be solved by “Dr Ogba ShiRINE”. So! my advice for you out there is to visit this same website,and tell him your pros too,if you are in any condition related to love issue or getting your ex back,to have a happy family.THANKS……0GBAPAULLOVESPELLCASTER@gmail.com

  • http://www.marcopanichi.com/ Marco Panichi

    amazing post!!! thank you very much Belle :)

  • Anon

    And if everyone hates me and people are just tired of me and i dont have a family?

  • Jagaa Yadam

    thanks for trying to help us to feel good. they are all useful informations that we have to remember every single day!

  • Annymouse

    After being in relationship with Wilson for seven years,he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that I should contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that don’t believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I meant a spell caster called dr ojuku and I email him, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him, that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem and who is different from all the fake ones out there. Anybody could need the help of the spell caster, his email: drojukuspellhome@gmail.com or call him with his via mobile number +2348102386568
    Good Luck.

  • Annymouse

    I am Mrs rose from USA, i want to share a testimony of my life to every one. i was married to my husband called john smith, i love him so much we have been married for 8 years now with two kids. when he went for a vacation to France he meant a lady called Marys, he told me that he is no longer interested in the marriage any more. i was so confuse and seeking for help, i don’t know what to do until I met my friend miss Lina and told her about my problem. she told me not to worry about it that she had a similar problem before and introduce me to a man called Drogue who cast a spell on her ex and bring him back to her after 1days. Miss Lina ask me to contact Dr Ojuku
    . I contacted him to help me bring back my husband and he ask me not to worry about it that the gods of his fore-fathers will fight for me. He told me by two days he will re-unite me and my husband together. After two day my husband called and told me he is coming back to sought out things with me, I was surprise when I saw him and he started crying for forgiveness. Right now I am the happiest woman on earth for what this great spell caster did for me and my husband, you can contact Dr ojuku on any problem in this world, he is very nice man, here is his contact drojukuspellhome@gmail.com. He is the best spell caster on the internet so far his email.

  • Annymouse

    After being in relationship with my boyfriend for six years, he broke up with me,I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to someone on line and she suggested that I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that never believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I mailed the spell caster, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him, that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem. Contact him now for your relationship or marriage problems via this email drojukuspellhome@gmail.com. all thanks to Dr Ojuku regards
    Good Luck…

  • Annymouse

    My Name is Melisa James, I wish to share my testimonies with the general public about what this man called Dr ojuku has just done for me , this man has just brought back my lost Ex husband to me with his great spell, i was married to this man called Steven we were together for a long time and we loved our self’s but when i was unable to give he a child for 2 years he left me and told me he can’t continue anymore then i was now looking for ways to get him back until a friend of mine told me about this man and gave his contact email (drojukuspellhome@gmail.com) then you won’t believe this when i contacted this man on my problems he prepared this spell cast and bring my lost husband back, and after a month i miss my month and go for a test and the result stated am pregnant am happy today am a mother of a baby girl, thank you once again the great ojuku for what you have done for me, if you are out there passing through this same kind of problems you can contact he today on his mail ( drojukuspellhome@gmail.com ) and he will also help you as well.” or call him on +2348102386568

  • Annymouse

    I am Mrs rose from USA, i want to share a testimony of my life to every one. i was married to my husband called john smith, i love him so much we have been married for 8 years now with two kids. when he went for a vacation to France he meant a lady called Marys, he told me that he is no longer interested in the marriage any more. i was so confuse and seeking for help, i don’t know what to do until I met my friend miss Lina and told her about my problem. she told me not to worry about it that she had a similar problem before and introduce me to a man called Drogue who cast a spell on her ex and bring him back to her after 1days. Miss Lina ask me to contact Dr Ojuku
    . I contacted him to help me bring back my husband and he ask me not to worry about it that the gods of his fore-fathers will fight for me. He told me by two days he will re-unite me and my husband together. After two day my husband called and told me he is coming back to sought out things with me, I was surprise when I saw him and he started crying for forgiveness. Right now I am the happiest woman on earth for what this great spell caster did for me and my husband, you can contact Dr ojuku on any problem in this world, he is very nice man, here is his contact drojukuspellhome@gmail.com. He is the best spell caster on the internet so far his email.

  • MaryBethB

    It’s pretty crazy that planning for a trip can make you happy, but I remember a few years ago (before I had children) I actually created a spreadsheet of things I wanted to do if I won the lottery. I can honestly say that it made me very happy! Although after having children more than half of what I thought I wanted, has changed drastically!
    I guess in order to be happy, you first need to want it. Unfortunately there are people that live in misery and in their own self pity and enjoy it :( That is what I believe sub-conscious depression!

  • Seriously

    Well all that i want is to find a good woman to settle down with that would make me be very happy.

  • natasha3

    wow…just a shout note to say thanks to Dr.Ekaka email: ekakaspelltemple@yahoo.com for the love spell he did for me last 2 weeks ago i really can’t believe that my ex can still show me love the way he did recently in the club and we are making preparation on getting married… it just still like a dream to me up till now i still feel like i’m dreaming that i really have my love back within four days after leaving each other for almost a year….i will keep on you to everyone..for help thanks to Dr Ekaka…

  • Melkor

    One good way to be happy is focus on positive things and create things. I keep a journal in which I record solely positive things that happen each day, and I draw in it as well.

  • priscilla

    Thank you for this post. It really helped! Continue to inspire more! Thank you again!

  • Bri

    the “plan a trip but don’t take one” point reminds me of tom cruise when he’s a driver in Collateral. kept a postcard of the beach as his visual vacation. i’ve done that since, but couldn’t be happier if i got to move there someday either

  • Bri

    oh you should also add SINGING, (ART), ANIMALS AND SWEARING. i’ve looked it up before and they all are correlated to positive effects, especially in me X) otherwise this list’s been my dying to be happy life. i do like it a lot

  • http://stephenjones2013.wordpress.com/ Stephen Jones

    Belle Beth Cooper – that is one of the best articles I’ve read in a long time. I am happier just having found it, and expressing my gratitude here! I think I am in love, but my wife will kick my ass… OUCH! there she goes; she was reading again over my shoulder!

    • http://msjnews.net/ KB723

      LOL!!!! =)

  • Kamile Ko

    What more I can suggest from my experience is to visit lots of cultural events, the best thing is to visit theatre performances, just because it is not only fun, but it also helps to improve your life values, makes you happier. For example mine beloved performances are these ones- Restoranai
    :) So I strongly recommend you to visit them, I guarantee you will not regret ;)

  • bob the builder

    My pussycat helps me feel happy the purring relaxes me loads

  • Mrs Crystal

    I want to thank Dr. Ekpiku for getting my lover back to me within 48 hours. When my lover left me i was so tired and frustrated till i search the internet for help and i saw so many good talk about Dr Ekpiku of Ekpikuspelltemple@live.com and i decided to give him a try and i contact him and explain my problems to him and he cast a love spell for me which i use to get my husband back.If you want to get your lover back contact Dr. Ekpiku via email: Ekpikuspelltemple@live.com Dr. Ekpiku the great man that is able to bring back lost love

  • Malas

    Music and singing

  • Rajeshwar

    Very well compiled list and presented. Thanks a lot.

  • Archie Manley

    Happiness will never happen until you live in the “NOW”. Not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

    • BB

      I dwell on the past and future in order to have a grasp on reality. If you
      mindlessly live in the NOW you will have no rational context to measure
      your life by…and to comprehend the world you live in.

  • elo

    I like waking up to a sunny day and listen to a happy song.
    I know you can’t always do that though

  • annonymous

    Some people say that black magic are dangerous but Dr.Zabaza has proved them wrong by bringing my lover back to me through the means of black magic within 48 hours. Today been 1st/feb/2014 has made it two months that my lover came back to me through the help of Dr.Zabaza and now we are planning to get married. So people save your marriage or restore your broken relationship by contacting Dr.Zabaza through these details zabaza.logan@yahoo.com or call on him on +2348182620374

  • julie lawrence

    How does my brain being more colourful translate into “better”?

  • FelipeA

    You have left out another one important point… To have a job.

  • pavelkukov

    Great Job @disqus_vihqICu1fQ:disqus !

  • linda juma

    i am sixty years age. and most of the time i find myself boared with some of my grand children because they are so roudy and colloquall but according to the article by now i should be ever happier, should i abandon them and caution the not to come to my place

    • BB

      Linda, enroll in a course of expressive writing where you will learn how
      to convey your thoughts in clear, rational prose. Good luck.

  • raymond

    infact it is working have tried it

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  • brandonwentland

    I am happy by just reading this.

    “We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.”

    This is profound quote. Filed this one away.


  • Bradley Speck

    My husband has abandon me and the kids for the the past 8months now, and refuse to come back because he was hold on by a woman whom he just met, for that, my self and the kids has been suffering and it has been heel of a struggle, but I decide to do all means to make sure that my family come together as it use to, then I went online there I saw so many good talk about this spell caster whose email is LAVENDERLOVESPELL@YAHOO.com so I had to contact him and in just 4days as he has promised, my husband came home and his behavior was back to the man I got married to.I cant thank the spell caster enough what what he did for me, I am so grateful. I even spoke to the spell caster over the phone, to confirm his existence. His email again is: LAVENDERLOVESPELL@YAHOO.com

  • billwright727

    Being disabled sucks. Can’t find anything to get going tried killing myself but god didn’t need me yet 3 days in a coma but failure was my destiney. I don’t like puzzels tv gets old I read but don’t really enjoy it. I’m just piddling around house. I’m not a addict and people my age are fakers or druggies so I spend a lot of time alone. I would volenteer but I don’t like people I have 30 years to fill what the hell do you do.

  • James

    Be careful here nobody can help you here or even suggest how you can get your ex or love back,any testimonies of most spell caster here must be ignore.because most of them are scam i mean real scam which i was a victim and i got ripped of thousands of dollars because i was so anxious to get my wife back after she left me for over 2 years with my 7 years old son jerry,i have applied to 7 different spell caster here and all to no avail they all ask for same thing send your name your ex name address and picture phone number etc which i did over and over again and most of them were from west Africa until i saw a post about mama Anita spell and i decided to gave her my last trail.she ask me four things my real name,my ex and my ex mother name and $180 and said my ex will come back in 24hours, i have paid over $3000 on spell casting and courier and nothing have work for me after 3 days i was thinking about how much i have lost so far so i said let me give her a try so i called her again and send my real name,my ex and my ex mother name and the $180 because i swear it was my last try so i was waiting as she told me to wait till next day and i could not sleep that night because i really love my wife and want her back at 9pm that day i saw my wife on line on face book and she said hi at first i was shock because she never talk with me for the past a year and 9 month now i did not reply again she said are you there? i quickly reply yes and she said can we see tomorrow i said yes and she went off-line i was confused i try to chat her again but she was no more on line i could not sleep that night as i was wondering what she is going to say, by 7.am the next morning she gave me a miss call i decided not to call back as i was still on shock again she call and i pick she said can we see after work today i said yes so she end the call immediately i got off work she call me and we meet and now we are back again i call mama anita the next day thanking her for what she has done in fact i still call her and thank her as my life was not complete without my wife please be careful here i have been scam thousands of dollars if you want a true love spell then contact mama Anita (mama.anitatruelovespell@gmail.com)

  • Swata

    “Never in my life have I seen magic work so fast. I ordered a love
    spells from drstanleyspelltemple@hotmail.com because my man was acting
    like he didn’t want to be with me anymore and spending less time with me
    before we broke up and i ask Dr. Stanley to cast a love spell on him to
    make him love me again and come back to me which he did and in the next
    24hours after the spell was cast my man came to my house to beg for
    forgiveness and ask me to accept him back. Thank you Dr. for your

  • Becct

    Amazing. Feeling happier already.

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    Great post thanks for info!

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  • Daniel

    I always thought that driving makes people unhappy. When we say “a short commute is worth more than a big house” are we talking only about driving or are we talking about public transportation, too? I take public transportation every day and I can tell you I am way happier with that than my friends that have to drive to work everyday.
    I do not stress myself with traffic and stupid drivers, and I can relax, talk to my wife, read or just play some silly games while the bus/metro crosses the city.

    • BK

      I agree on the public transport. I take the Washington DC metro to work every day. I get 26 minutes of walk a day (13 minutes each way), plus I can relax/read on the train. I certainly feel less stressed when I reach home after a days work, than I would feel if I had driven to/fro work (I have tested this multiple times).

  • Roro

    if you want too be happy smile to everybody you will make the people around you happy and you became happy

  • http://yuri.gs/ Yuri Goytacaz

    thank you for this amazing article. (=

  • Stacey Lee

    Dear friends, i am from united states i had a problem with my husband 2years ago, which lead to our break up. when he broke up with me, i was not my self again, i felt so empty inside me. until a friend of mine Walt Pen told me about a spell caster who helped her in the same problem too. i email dr. trust the spell caster and i told him my problem and i did what he asked of me, to cut the long story short. before i knew what was happening my husband gave me a call and told me that he was coming back to me in just 2days and was so happy to have him back to me. thanks to dr. trustfor saving my relationship and for also saving others own too. continue your good work the great spell caster email address: Ultimatespellcast@gmail.com or ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com call +2348156885231

  • Stacy Blair

    My name is Stacy Blair i have been in bondage ever since my EX left for another woman, It was really hell for me and everybody told me to forget about him but i could not because i love him so much. Things got worse until my friend introduced me to this great spell caster DOCTOR UDO SPIRITUAL SPELL TEMPLE who have saved so many life and relationships and i contacted him through his email ( udospiritualspelltemple@hotmail.com ) i explained everything to him and he cast a spell for me immediately after three days, everything turn around and my boyfriend came to me on his knee begging for forgiveness that i have been the only woman he has loved in his life and he is ready to love me forever. I was really surprised because i have never seen such a miracle in my life. I am so thankful to this man and i will forever publish his name Doctor Udo.

    Contact him now for your own miracle via email: udospiritualspelltemple@hotmail.com

  • http://codecondo.com/ Alex

    I’m actually doing pretty much everything except two things on this list, and the funny thing is; they all seem so natural, and were picked up during my own growth stages in early 20′s. But, then again, I’m still in my early 20′s.


  • Stacy Blair

    My name is Stacy Blair. This is a testimony that I will tell to every one to hear. I have been married four 4years and on the fifth year of my marriage, another woman had a spell to take my lover away from me and my husband left me and the kids and we have suffered for 2years until I met a post where this man DOCTOR UDO have helped someone and I decided to give him a try to help me bring my lover back home and believe me I just send my picture to him and that of my wife and after 48hours as he have told me, I saw a car drove into the house and behold it was my wife and she have come to me and the kids and that is why I am happy to make every one of you in similar to met with this man and have your lover back to your self. His email: udospiritualspelltemple@hotmail.com

  • meliny

    I m TASHA from U.S.A,My ex lover now [husband] is back and we are happily married with kids and i m here to gave thanks and appreciation to Dr IRABOR the spell caster of iraborspelltemple@gmail.com for all the time He stood by me,for all the truth He make me see,for all the happiness He brought into my life,for all the wrongs He make right,for every of my dreams He make come through and for the help i found in Him,i am grateful and thankful unto Him,He was the one that helped me all,He never let me fall,He was the one that saw me through it all,He was my source of strength when i was weak,He was my voice when i couldn`t speak,He was my eyes when i couldn`t see,{spiritualy}He saw the pain wasn`t good for me,He lifted me were i couldn`t reach,i m everything i m today because He helped me,i m so happy my husband is back in my life at last,His email is iraborspelltemple@gmail.com,A temple were sorrows are dropped and happiness is gain in return.

  • Deborah Wilson

    i have been married for 4years and i have a break up with my husband 3months ago and i was worried and so confuse because i love him so much. i was really going too depressed and a friend directed me to this spell caster Dr. Laco and i made all my problems known to him and he told me not to worry that he was going to make my husband to come back to me and in just 48hours i receive a call from my husband and he was appealing that i should come back to the house. i have never in my life believe in spell and but now it have just helped me and i am now so happy. All Thanks to him and if you also want to have your Husband back to yourself here !! his email Address lacopowerfulspellcaster@yahoo.com i am so happy to testify of your work and kindness

  • Sea Zen

    Grateful to be in the world bringing me with all the many bits and parts…;) OM MANI PADME HUM