9 More Effective Ways to be Happy in Life

Every being’s priority is to be happy in life but very few know the secret to happiness.

Some have all the riches and every material possession imaginable, but still, feel empty. On the other hand, some people remain happy with what they possess, no matter how little or how much. 

So, this shows that happiness is dependent upon your thinking and internal factors, not on external ones. 

If this is the case, then how can you be happy?

Is there any effective way in life to be really happy? How can you be happy with yourself?

So, without further ado let’s get started with some practical ways to be happy in life.

Effective Ways To Be Happy In Life

Effective Ways To Be Happy In Life

You have to understand that you do not always need materialistic things to be happy in life because then you are making a wall of desires which will be hard to break.  This will lead to an unending cycle of unhappiness and you will always feel empty.

You should also know that being happy in life does not mean always smiling and always happy in every situation because that is unrealistic. You just have to be calm and confident in all situations.

So, what can you do?

You just have to be practical in your approach to living a happy life. Here are some ways you can learn to be happy in your mind and soul.

#1. Practice Gratitude 

effective ways to be happy in life

The fundamental step to being happy in life is to first be joyful about all the things you already possess. Feeling gratitude means you are less likely to be depressed, anxious, lonely, envious or neurotic. 

Practicing gratitude is good for your mental and physical health and it is the most practical way to find happiness in those situations where it is hard to find one.

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”― Epicuru

#2. Give More Than What You Receive

charity to be happy in life

Have you ever noticed that whenever you give a needy something to eat or anything you get more satisfied? Have you noticed that when someone gives you a present you get excited and happy while receiving it?

The most important thing to remember is not to give with a motive of receiving something back or to gain blessings. The blessing of giving should come from knowing that you have made someones heart glad today and that is enough.

Other than charity, there is nothing in this world that can make you more fulfilled and happier. You just have to be a cheerful giver rather than being an arrogant or egoistic one.

ways to be happy in life

#3. Exercise 

Exercise to live a happy and healthy life

I am sure you have heard this saying, “A healthy mind resides in a healthy body.” So, is this true?  Let us know more about how exercising can make you feel cheerful.

When you exercise your body releases many chemicals which helps you in making your mood blissful. 

A study shows that regular exercising can make you happier, cures anxiety and depression improves the quality and quantity of sleep and also helps to attain healthy body weight.

Exercise has the following benefits:

  • Improves blood flow
  • Improves mood
  • Helps reduce obesity
  • Increase Confidence

So, tell me do you exercise? If not then start working out today. You will see the changes in your mood, you will be more happy and blissed your entire day.

#4. Pray everyday

Pray everyday to be happy

Praying is a very powerful tool in making you more optimistic and to maintain peace and happiness in your mind.  When you pray, it is just like gratitude you ask God for what you want and thank him for whatever you have which brings a sense of satisfaction in your heart.

“That peace, that sense of meaning and connection that happens with prayer is what is positive,” Park says. “Those kinds of things have physiological effects on the body, such as calming your cardiovascular system and reducing your stress.”

Prayer brings a sense of devotion and adds meaning to your life


#5. Go for a walk and OBSERVE


When you walk outside have you ever noticed the trees, the plants, surroundings or anything?  Do you go for a walk in nature?

There are many benefits of walking in nature other than making you happy. It helps in rejuvenating your mood. When you walk ‘feel-good hormones‘ get released, which helps you in being positive and cheerful.

Studies also show that a 20-minute walk can benefit your mental health.

So, what are the benefits of walking?

  • It enhances creativity
  • Lowers the level of cortisol (stress hormone)
  • Increases your mental well being

#6. Meditate 


The first thing you should understand is that nothing will make you happier overnight.  You need to practice these things every day consistently with motivation and a goal to achieve peace and happiness.

Meditation requires practice and it can help you in many ways. Studies show that meditation helps in reducing stress, increases creativity and positivity in mind.

Then, what are you waiting for?

#7. Practice being positive in bad situations

Practice to be positive in bad situations

This step will be easier if you have been practising the above ones consistently.

A person can only remain positive in bad situations when he has control over their mind and thinking, they know their weaknesses, they know how to be thankful for everything that is happening in life.

Positive thinking is not about expecting the best to happen every time but accepting that whatever happens happens for a reason and you will be okay with it.
This mindset cannot be born overnight because to control the mind is though not impossible, but a very big task for a normal human being.

be positive to be happy

#8. Stop judging everyone

stop judging

Being judgy is the most negative attitude you can ever carry. Judging everyone not only makes you negative but has many ill effects on your mindset, mood and life.

According to research by psychology professor, Dustin Wood, “Your perceptions of others reveal so much about your personality. Seeing others positively reveals your positive traits and how satisfied you are with your own life, and how much you are liked by others.


Every one of us judge’s others even me, but from inside we all know that we should not.

When you will stop commenting on how others are living their lives, what they did wrong, whom they marry, what they wear, etc, and start noticing the beauty they carry, the pure soul they have, how they are happy with what they do, your chances of being happier and fulfilled in life will be more.

#9. Spend time with family and friends

Spend time with family and friends

Do you know that you are mortal? You will die one day and everyone will. So what is important? Worrying for shitty and small things or spending some good time with your family and friends? YES! you are right, spending time with the ones who we love the most is more important.

Some people complain that they are sad, they have nobody to talk to but the reality is that we take things for granted when we have them. They forget that they have parents, they have friends and still complain because social media shows them that X has many friends and Y went for a picnic.

But the reality is always the opposite. Spend time with your loved ones because you never know when you will get time to stay how much they mean to you.
Just remember that no amount of money or success can take place the time spent with your loved ones, make no room for regrets.

Ways to be Happy in Life

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Finally, do try these ways with consistency to see the required results. Do remember that no matter what is happening in this world, happiness always depends upon internal factors and not external ones.

Do practice gratitude every morning, pray to God, exercise every day, spend time with your loved ones, go for a walk, live your life and see positive traits in everyone, by practicing these effective steps you can reach a happy mindset in life.

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Written by Mukund Kapoor

I'm Mukund Kapoor, a reader, thinker, and self-taught writer. Welcome to Mukund Kapoor's blog. I love to write about Spirituality, Success and Self-improvement. I sincerely hope my articles help you find the answers you're looking for, and I wish you a pleasant voyage over the vast expanse of existence. Wishing you all the best.

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