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15 ways to add happiness to your day 15 ways to add happiness to your day
I am a happy person by nature. I feel lucky that I am able to see the good in most people and most situations... 15 ways to add happiness to your day

I am a happy person by nature. I feel lucky that I am able to see the good in most people and most situations and I think that really contributes to the sense of happiness that I experience daily. Having said that, life isn’t all-good, all-the-time.  We all have our moments (or months) where pick-me-ups are necessary.  I believe happiness is absolutely a choice, but sometimes we need little reminders as to how to keep the positivity flowing.

I’ve started making a mental list, over the last month or so, of moments where I feel a real ‘hit of happiness’. You know those moments where endorphin levels are through the roof and you feel yourself smiling from the inside out? THOSE kinds of ‘hits’.

I thought it would be a fun idea to jot down the ways that I inject my days with little doses of happiness. Some of these are maybe the ‘less obvious’ techniques for when you have 5 minutes or less and want that shot of happy.

Maybe you’ll feel inspired to add some of these to your own happiness hit-list or (if I’m super lucky) maybe even just reading through the list will be the mood boost you need for today.


15 ways to add happiness to your day!

1. Listen to a young child’s laughter

Like, really listen. And watch the expression on their face.  When I tickle my daughters, or I’m being totally silly with them, and they laugh that real out-of-control laughter, I can’t help but smile from ear to ear.

2. Step outside

Rain or shine, step outside for 2 minutes and take 10 really long deep breaths.  Breathe in the air and think of how truly fortunate you are that you can step outside and take deep breaths of air.  Enough said.

3. Go for a walk

Alone, with a furry friend (or even with a not-so-furry-friend) put on your boots (or shoes) made for walking.  It just feels nice.

4. Listen to some upbeat music

Music can really dictate my mood. I get into whatever it is I’m listening to.  So, for good vibes, I throw on the upbeat tunes. I am a sucker for the “Charting Now” station on Apple Music.  (It’s playing as I write this post!)

5. Dance break

While listening to that upbeat goodness, throw in a mini dance break. Even if it’s just some head-bobbing, shoulder-shaking or hip-twisting in your office chair or driver’s seat, it’s fun and will likely release some of those happiness endorphins we all love so much!

6. Eye contact with someone you love

Lots of it. Nothing to add here.

7. Hug it out

Work a big, long hug into your day-plan. 20 seconds of this will surely send you straight to your happy place.

8. Do your body good

Attend an exercise class. You may not feel overjoyed while you’re pushing yourself physically, but you’ll feel so proud of yourself afterward. Oh, and… exercise because you LOVE your body, not because you hate it.

9. Call someone you miss

Whether you saw them before you left for work this morning or you haven’t seen them in way too long, soak in their voice and notice the smile on your face as you imagine them there by your side.

10. Daydream

Allow yourself 5 minutes to drift off to another world.  You never know… this may even inspire some life goals which are always fun to work toward.

11. Set goals

See above.  They don’t need to be the same as the daydream goals, but those ones sound like some good ones to me!

12. Seek comfort

Some of us have a favourite food, others a favourite sweater they love to wear.  My comfort is a hot cup of black tea with milk and honey.  Whatever your comfort may be, infuse your day with it and really enjoy it in the process.

13. Laugh

Sounds obvious (I know!) but laughing is one of the ultimate mood-boosters, if you ask me. Think of how you feel after a good laugh.  Good, right?  If you need a laugh but neither a chat with your best friend or watching a rom-com are in your foreseeable future, cue up a funny cat video on YouTube or a 4 minute clip of your favourite stand-up comedian. LOL.

14. Be present

It’s so easy to ‘go through the motions’, especially when kids are in the picture.  There’s just so much going on, at any given time, and it’s not always easy to notice how special everyday experiences are.  Slowing down is key.  It allows us to melt into the moment.  When it is done slowly, something as regular (or even mundane) as walking home from school becomes a memory you and your kids will both cherish.  I will never forget picking up chestnuts on walks home with my grandma.  When I look back now, it must have taken us at least an hour to walk 3 blocks, but we were given the time to explore and be a part of the commute home.  Being present makes life so much more fulfilling (and it also makes memories). We don’t ALWAYS have the time to take long walks, but slowing down can come in a form that suits you and your schedule in some way.

15. Like, Comment and then Unplug

After you finish watching vacuum cat (and reading this post 😉 ), power off and power down for a little while each day.  Sometimes social media can fuel the wrong kinds of feelings.  I’m guilty of walking directly into the “their lives look so much _____ better/fancier/more fun than mine” trap every now and again.  Shut down those unwarranted emotions (we all know Instagram is a highlight reel, right?) and shut off your phone for a couple of hours.

And, when in doubt, compliment a coworker or be extra kind to a stranger.  Those aforementioned endorphins will skyrocket, I promise!


Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

  • Shann

    October 19, 2015 #1 Author

    Such a great list. I need to do a lot of these more often. Music is a huge one for me, and dancing too. My kids laughter is the best, and usually makes me laugh. Thank you for this great reminder.


  • Terri

    October 19, 2015 #2 Author

    Such a great post and lots of great tips to be happy!


  • Leslie

    October 19, 2015 #3 Author

    I’m loving these ideas. I’m generally a happy person myself. No matter how bad I think I have it there’s always someone who had it worse than me. I always try to be thankful everyday. I love going for walks at work, it helps clear my head. Going 10+ hours a day in an office with no window is tough on the mood at times.


  • Tiffany

    October 19, 2015 #4 Author

    Oh wow! Did I EVER need this today!! Stress-ful day! And the hardest thing for me to do is to be present. Thanks for the great reminders!


  • Alana

    October 19, 2015 #5 Author

    I couldn’t agree more with all of these. Daydreaming leads to endless possibilities. Being more present is something I’m trying to do as much as possible. Love this! Scheduling for facebook.


  • Jhanis

    October 20, 2015 #7 Author

    Yes to everything listed here! My kids’ laughter makes my day even when I’m totally down. I do need to walk more though. I love the silence because it helps me think. :)


  • tara Billesberger

    October 28, 2015 #8 Author

    Love all of these ideas!


  • KittyPride

    October 28, 2015 #9 Author

    Beautiful post, I believe breathing deeply outside by the ocean is my best happy place .


  • Amanda F

    November 14, 2015 #10 Author

    Loved this and book marking it. I needed to read this yesterday!! Thanks for posting it. :)


  • Jenny

    November 25, 2015 #11 Author

    Great ideas – I also need to read everyday even if I just get through one chapter….


  • Kam

    November 26, 2015 #12 Author

    Just what I needed! I think sometimes we forget about things like this. Thanks!


  • Emily Janes

    December 4, 2015 #13 Author

    As a new mom, I needed to read this. So so important to chase after things that make you truly happy. Thanks for another great post


  • Lisa

    December 11, 2015 #14 Author

    These are great ideas. I definitely need more hugs!


  • Cheryl

    December 30, 2015 #15 Author

    Some great tips. We all should listen to more often!! :)


  • Suzie M

    January 5, 2016 #16 Author

    All very good ideas thanks for sharing &encouraging us


  • Lyn

    January 14, 2016 #18 Author

    Love these tips. I struggle with the being present aspect. It’s hard in a busy world of activities and school, friends and family to remember to take the time and just BE. Thanks for the post.


    • Jessica Blumel

      January 15, 2016 #19 Author

      I hear ya! Easier said than done, but it’s amazing how good it feels to make the effort!


  • ivy pluchinsky

    January 19, 2016 #20 Author

    love these ideas! i need to try some of them



    January 19, 2016 #21 Author

    Great ideas-being outside makes me feel better


  • Wanda Tracey

    February 25, 2016 #22 Author

    These are some awesome tips! My happiest moments are shared with my family.They are the ones that make me smile and laugh the most.I love all of your ideas and if I want some down time or alone time I will always find a good book to read.


  • jacqueline

    February 26, 2016 #23 Author

    I need to remind myself to add happiness to my day, it is so easy to forget. This is a great reminder with awesome tips! thank you


  • Heidi M

    February 29, 2016 #24 Author

    Great ideas, but love the DAYDREAM one, we should always have a happy place even for just a little while…♥


  • Holly

    February 29, 2016 #25 Author

    Amazing list, and really… SO TRUE! I do a lot of these things daily. You don’t realize that it’s the little things that make your day so much brighter.


  • Chandra O”Connor

    February 29, 2016 #26 Author

    I need to do more of these things, almost 6 months into a horrible unexpected surprise separation from my husband. its hard to be happy right now.


    • Jessica Blumel

      March 1, 2016 #27 Author

      I am so sorry to hear that, Chandra! Sending <3.


  • Debbie S.

    February 29, 2016 #28 Author

    Wonderful list. There is nothing more beautiful than a baby’s laugh. Hugs are sweet also! Have a wonderful day!


  • Rebby

    March 1, 2016 #29 Author

    These are all excellent tips, I often pump some upbeat music and have a little random dance break (sometimes in the bathroom where no one can see my awful moves) just to perk up my day a bit!


  • Tricia Hope

    March 14, 2016 #30 Author

    It is so simple if you make the decision to change your circumstance and your mood


  • Stephanie Pettie

    December 19, 2016 #31 Author

    Such great reminders and some are so easy to do!!


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