10 Simple Steps to Happiness

When we came across these ten steps to a happier life, we couldn’t wait to share their profound simplicity and wisdom with you: they look to us like the perfect prescription for happiness. Please share your own ideas with us, and spread the word so that we can all begin creating a happier world.

From a BBC documentary that aired in November of 2005.

1. Plant something and nurture it.

2. Count your blessings–at least five–at the end of each day.

3. Take time to talk–have an hour-long conversation with a loved one each week.

4. Phone a friend whom you have not spoken to for a while and arrange to meet up.

5. Give yourself a treat every day and take the time to really enjoy it.

6. Have a good laugh at least once a day.

7. Get physical–exercise for half an hour three times a week.

8. Smile at and/or say hello to a stranger at least once each day.

9. Cut your TV viewing by half. (Some of us have opted to have no television at all!)

10. Spread some kindness–do a good turn for someone every day.

What can you do to create more happiness in your life? Please comment!

Found on a British site devoted to a sustainable future.

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Tania N.
Tania N.2 years ago

happiness comes from within and from simple things in life, or in fact being able to see and sense these simple things. Namaste

Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy3 years ago

Remember that all thing, both good and bad, will pass.

Duane B.
.3 years ago

The secret to happiness is not in doing what one likes to do, but in liking what one has to do.

Judith C.
Judith C.3 years ago

practical tips, Thanks!

Leanne B.
Leanne B.3 years ago

Thanks so much.

KARLOLINA G.4 years ago

These are all great and wonderful tips. Thanks

This is why I am happy!

Maybe you can't know for sure what animals are feeling. But do you believe that little brown birds get up in the morning and think about how depressingly grey the sky is? Do you think they wonder about how much prettier all the other birds are, and how their voice is kind of small? And do they maybe decide that they just won't sing that day because they are so sad about all of this? No, they get up and belt out their songs, day after day. I think we should develop a greater appreciation
for all of life - including our own.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

-- -.4 years ago


Melissah C.
Melissah C.4 years ago


Joyce Squillante
Joyce S.4 years ago

Thank you =)