Finding Happiness in 2014

In my opinion, there is one thing that is much more important than anything else: learning to be happy and fulfilled in your life.

Truly happy people tend to be richer, more giving, more productive, and even a lot healthier than everyone else. So how can you easily become much happier in this fast paced, crazy world we live in?

Fortunately there are many simple, powerful methods that can make a dramatic difference in your level of happiness. In fact, some methods that take only a minute a day, have been proven to have more effect on your level of happiness than if you suddenly doubled your income!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to try out some simple methods and see which ones work best for you. According to researchers, over 30 methods have been scientifically proven to increase a person’s level of happiness.

One of my personal favorites is the following. Once a week, I simply ask myself, “What could I schedule this week that would be fun to do, or create a special moment with someone I care about?” That’s it. Then, when you get your answer, immediately schedule this experience into your upcoming week.

Nowadays we’re all so busy that we tend to do only what we schedule, but most people only schedule their work–so they miss out on creating special moments for themselves. By scheduling time for what you really enjoy, you can makesure it happens. By actuallydoing the things that you most value each and every week, you’ll inevitably become happier, healthier, and more caring to those you love.

On one of my appearances on Oprah, I shared a similar method that Oprah especially loved. The “method” I shared was to simply do two brief acts of kindness per day for anyone you interact with. Studies show that small acts of kindness are incredibly effective in boosting your own mood. Kindness temporarily takes us out of ourselves and helps us connect with our own caring heart….Finish reading on

Jonathan Robinson is a bestselling author and the creator of The Deeper Happiness audio online course.

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Sarah Ramsay
Sarah Ramsay4 years ago

The simple things make me happy, everyday there is something, sometimes you have to look for it but it could be as simple as properly smiling at someone you don't know in the street and them smiling back with just as much happiness! Try it, you'll see :)

Marianne R.
Marianne R4 years ago

Good article and tips

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez4 years ago

Being kind and pleasant to others makes them be kind and pleasant back to me. If that is an expression of being happy, then I happy I am. As far as being happy, that's up to me, not anyone else. If I want to be happy, then I will be. If I want to be miserable, then I'll be miserable. Has nothing to do with anyone else.

Deborah W.
Deborah W4 years ago

What's most important to YOU says the most about you, good or bad. And why is it all about you anyway? Small acts of kindness, done unexpectedly for another makes that other feel special and worthy ... and without expecting a reward often comes back around to you, making you feel special and worthy too.

Reconnect with an old friend lost over time, share listen time with someone who needs a shoulder, smile (it often changes someone else's frown, hold a door open for someone struggling, neighborhood and/or community participation ... there are a million ways to pay it forward, many of them cost nothing but a healthy heart along with a small piece of your time. Win-win situation.

Jennifer Blachly
Jennifer B4 years ago

I find happiness in the people I surround myself with.

Russ L.
Russell L4 years ago

I know I will get hate comments about this. But what a bunch of bull! Being kind has NOTHING to do about being happy, it should a way of being. I do not believe in happiness. People are happy all the time doing things that are harmful to our world our animals and ourselves. I am so tired of hearing this hippy thing about being happy. We should be shameful and sad at what we are doing and change ourselves to be better caring people. Not just to other humans but for our planet that is dying! What is happy about that? We should get off our asses and stop over consuming everything. Then maybe if we create a positive change then that will be cause for joy. Talk is so easy, action and effort take pain and suffering to create positive change.

Lumy Sanchez
Lumy Sanchez4 years ago

happiness is a decision

Lynn C.
Lynn C4 years ago


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you, for Sharing this!

Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage se4 years ago

Happyness is not "what others do" or "have" :-)