5 Simple Ways to Amp Up Your Happy

5 Simple Ways to Amp Up Your HappyHappiness. I talk a lot about happiness here on Dine & Dish. It’s one of those things that I think we all try to attain, but then when it’s still and quiet we wonder “am I truly happy?”

I am happy! I have a wonderful husband, a great family, a wonderful job with supportive readers and empowering clients. I have the kindest friends, the best neighbors and a very abundant life. Even with all of that, there are things I know I could do to make my life even happier. 


I firmly believe that happiness often is all about your own attitude. Thinking positively, believing in the best and always looking on the bright side. I’ve been going through a program by Sarah Jenks called Live More Weigh Less… you may have seen some of my updates about it on Instagram. What this program has helped me realize is there are simple things I can do in my life that amp up my happiness. I thought I’d share some of those things with you!


5 Simple Ways to Amp Up Your Happiness

1.  Do something for someone else.

Have you ever bought a coffee for a random stranger in the Starbucks drive through? What about sending a card for no reason to a friend? We do those things to make others happy but it also does a lot to boost our own happiness. The next time you want to get out of a funky mood, go out and do something special for someone else! You’ll see how good it makes you feel inside when you do for others.

2.  Make a list.

I want you to sit down right now and make a list of things that make you happy. Some things on my list include long bike rides with my husband, reading a good book, getting my camera out and taking pictures for no reason, lunch with a girlfriend, playing a board game with my kids, taking our dog for a walk, sitting with a nice mug of hot coffee in a quiet coffee shop, listening to my favorite Pandora stations, having new notebooks, post-it notes, sharpies and pens, etc. Once you’ve made your list, keep it somewhere that is easily accessible. Next time you need to “amp up your happy”, take your list out and choose one thing to do right then to boost your mood.

3.  Make another list.

This is going to be a little different. Get out a notebook and jot down some various things you are thankful for. It’s hard to be crabby when you can see what your blessings are!

4.  Sleep

This was a really hard one for me, but I can’t help but notice the more rested I am the happier I am. When I was doing The Happiness Project, I moved my bedtime up from midnight or 1am to 10pm. As a mom I used to try to get all my work done after my kids went to bed, but that made for some really tiring days. Once I set my bedtime to a reasonable hour and got enough sleep, I noticed how much happier I was. Sleep truly does equal happiness!

5.  Just Do It

It may sound simplistic, but the easiest way to be happy is to just set your mind to it. Smile more. Think happy thoughts. Make up your mind in the morning that today is going to be a great day, then just do it!


Hallmark has a great line of cards to help spread the cheer and happiness. I absolutely love this line of cards and know that anyone who receives these in their mailbox will be smiling from ear to ear. I want to challenge each of you to amp up your happy by spreading some happiness to others by sending a card. I guarantee you’ll get a rush of happiness from it as much as your recipient.

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  1. says

    I have been trying to send friends notes and birthday cards on the mail, and as much as it brings me happiness it brings the person receiving it so much happiness. It’s a win-win!!

  2. says

    I have this silly routine that is along the lines of your suggestions. Basically every time I take a bath I think of something I’m grateful for to represent each tile along the wall. Since I’m just sitting there staring at the wall anyway, I figured I might as well make a game of it. :-)

  3. says

    Such great tips, I especially need to work on the sleep! I think I would be a lot better off if I just stopped working and went to bed! Easier said than done!

  4. merry lu says

    I love this, Kristen. I am all about smiles and smileys, but still have to work hard sometimes to find my happiness. One area I’ve gotten slack in is sending cards, letters and notes, something I love to do and am well known for. And I love Hallmark, so time to get back to spreading SMILE! THANK YOU!

  5. says

    Love your list. Agreed about sleeping by 10. I think lack of sleep is the route of all evil, I remember that so much when I my babies were up all night nursing and I was a walking zombie, I held on to my baby weight until I finally go some sleep and I was a happier person all around. I try to do a gratitude journal at night but sometimes pass it to watch horrible tv. I need to make it a priority. Thanks for the share!

  6. says

    A few years ago I read several books about happiness. Taking responsibility for one’s own happiness is a transforming idea. The fact that you included sleep as one of your five ways to amp it up is important. I recently found out that I have sleep apnea, and am waiting to begin treatment. I wonder how many people are looking for the source of their unhappiness when it might be something as simple as the lack of quality sleep.
    And speaking of cards…I buy them for myself. Yes, it’s true. I have a little pile of them on my desk, and tell myself that I will send them to people when the right occasion arises…but the truth is, they’re for me. :)

  7. says

    I love this post! I’ve recently gone forward with #5 – just do it. I finally quit my miserable day job, took on blogging full-time and I haven’t been happier since. My stress levels have gone down so much and I can finally sleep 8-10 hrs a day :)

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