Published on April 25th, 2017 | by Tom Firehill


42 Steps for a Happier Life

1) Love

Love everything you do and do everything you love. Love is everything.

2) Make time for others

Your friends and family love you so make time for them as much as you can. The more you meet them, the more you will be happier. Nobody is too busy, it’s just a matter of priorities.

3) Travel the world

” The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.” Katsumoto.

Life is one great adventure story, and travelling fills that book with its most beautiful and exciting pages. There’s so much to see in this big world we live in. You might even find your perfect blossom.

The perfect blossom

4) Help others

“It is necessary to help others in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them” Dalai Lama.

You don’t need a reason to help others. It really has a ripple effect that makes someone more obliged to help someone if you help them and this chain continues endlessly. The “thank you” from a person’s heart will always puts a smile on your face and make you feel good about yourself inside and out. Not helping someone when they desperately need your help and harming others also has a ripple effect.

Elephant helping out a creature in need. He didn't have to. But he did anyway. Good elephant.

  5) Don’t get attached to material goods

“Possession make you rich? I don’t have that type of richness. My richness is life.” Bob Marley.

Money can’t buy life.

Bob Marley

6) Give more

 “The universe gives more to givers and takes more from takers.”

Give blood, give to charity, give that cup of tea and sandwich to the freezing homeless man. Give more than you take.

Real heroes

 7Smile more.

 “Why don’t you smile for once miss. Have you got your period or what, miss?” Jonah Takalua.

Smiling is a great sign of happiness and it’s contagious. The more you smile the more people around you will smile and that’s never a bad thing.

Jonah smiling

8) Laugh more

 “I think there should be laughs in everything. Sometimes, it’s a slammed door, a pie in the face or just a recognition of our frailties.” Alan Rickman.

If you aren’t laughing at every opportunity you get, it’s not good for your physical or mental health. Watch more comedy shows, go see live stand up and the magic that is laughter will rub off onto you making you more charismatic and enjoyable to be with. It’s also one of the greatest things you can do to make other people laugh and for a small, precious moment in time you can forget about all the worries in the world.

Alan Rickman

9) Get a pet

Pet owners are very trustworthy people in general, they don’t have to look after an animal but they do. Animals are also much better than humans. They just want to eat food, love, have fun and be in your company. A lot of humans can learn from them.


10) Do more of the things you love.

Be it any hobby you enjoy or anything you’re passionate about, keep doing it as much as you can. You don’t know when your time’s going to be up so don’t hold back on the things you love most.

11) Cut down on social media

Social media is brilliant in small doses but like anything, too much of it is bad for you. Spending too much time on social networking increases restlessness, makes you compare yourself to others and reduces your focus on the things that matter. Try playing a game next time you’re with your friends where you put all your phones facedown and piled up on table and every time one of you wants to check your phone you have to pay a fine to the others or do a forfeit, this will make everyone present completely involved with each other and your social gathering much more fun.

Don't be chained to your gadget

12) Be more sensitive

 Sensitive people suffer more, but they love much more.

Lion and the mouse

13) Dream together

 “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality.” John Lennon.

When you follow your dream with someone, you are more likely to achieve it. It’s no fun on your own.

John Lennon

14) Listen to your heart

 Always trust your gut instincts. If you genuinely feel in your heart and soul that something is right, it usually is.

She knew from the start

15) Be yourself

Find people you can be as weird as you like with. Holding back your true personality is never good for you. Don’t waste a second of your time trying to be normal.

Be yourself

16) Never give up

Where there’s a will there’s a way and Rome wasn’t built in a day. Always appreciate people who never give up on you.

Never give up

17) Cut ties with people who bring you down

 Letting go of toxic negative people is a major step in truly loving yourself and being happy.

18) Don’t judge a book by its cover  

 “Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge” Carl Jung.

Everyone has their own story, just by looking at someone you can’t tell how good or bad a person is. Give everyone a chance no matter who they are and they may just bring out the best in you.

Who knows what's inside

19) Silence your inner demons

“If these walls could speak, I wouldn’t have to make believe you’re here.
Holy angel, just stop the fire that burns in me, I need a saviour cause I’m scared of me.
I done been through hell and back.” Chris Brown.

Our inner demons pray on our weakest traits. The way to deal with them is to be aware of your weaknesses and strengthen them as much as you can. Quell those demons forever.


20) Be kind

Good people bring out the good in other people. Be the most kind to unkind people. They need your kindness more than anyone.

21) Carpe Diem – Seize the moment

Life your life. Take chances. Be that little bit crazy. Because right now is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll be ever again.

22) Believe in yourself

 Trust yourself. You have survived thus far and you’ll survive everything to come.

23) Be original

Trying to imitate someone can put a lot of stress on you and upset you. Don’t idolize anyone, even your favorite celebrities are no more or less human than you. You were born original so don’t become a replica.

24)  Listen to music

Not only is music one of the most beautiful things for us to enjoy, it also reduces blood pressure and slows down your heartbeat which helps us relax physically and mentally easing the stresses and worries of a high paced lifestyle. Truly a small measure of peace.

Cat enjoying herself

25) Be more spontaneous.

 “The thing with eggs is…they’re unpredictable.” Hugo Chegwin.

Be like that egg sometimes. Surprise yourself and surprise others, just don’t do anything too crazy.

Eggs so unpredictable

26) Don’t skip that breakfast!

Breakfast provides the energy for the whole day, as it is we‘re all grumpy to climb out of bed first thing in the morning. Not having energy is a recipe to making the morning miserable and making you less motivated to do your best. Summon the courage to make that cup of tea and toast, after all there’s not much you can’t do after a good cuppa.


27) Meditate

Close your eyes. Relax your mind and body completely. Sail away on the ship of your dreams and when you return to the real world you’ll feel you can take on anything.

No matter, no mind

28) Keep your promises

People with good intentions make promises, but people with good character keep them.

29) Learn from your mistakes

 “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams.

Everyone makes mistakes, its part of human nature. Forget them enough to get over them, remember them enough so they never happen again.

30) Don’t let your inner child die

Your inner child teaches you to always be curious, be happy for no reason and fight tirelessly for what you want. Never forget him.

31)Don’t take things too seriously

 “I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.” David Bowie.

Sarcasm is the greatest form of wit, if you overthink things too much it can lead to paranoia and unhappiness. Take everything thrown at you with a pinch of salt, there’s no point worrying about everything.

David Bowie

32) Be humble

 “Endless effort, endless humility, endless modesty.” Rain.

Don’t brag, show off material goods and gossip about others in a bad light.

Humble pie

33) Don’t be scared of death

 “We’ll all die eventually. Humans will be gone. And all I’m saying is, when people worry about polar bears disappearing or whatever, it’s like, “Well that’s life, things will come and go, we’ll find new species.” Karl Pilkington.

Don’t worry or think about the inevitable, live life to the fullest. Death is unpredictable so always enjoy life to the max, it’s only as short as you make it.

Karl Pilkington

34) Make friends with everyone

Try and make friends with people regardless of age or background to broaden your horizons and be happier.

Unlikely friends can be the best

35) Learn something new everyday

 Too much knowledge is never a bad thing and you might never know when you need it.

36) Don’t procrastinate

 “All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us.” Gandalf.

If something urgently needs to be done try not to waste your time doing other things.


37) Sleep less

 Long sleeps are always nice. But sleeping deeper and less after achieving more awake is much more satisfying.

38) Be positive at all times

 A positive mind finds a way for something to be done while a negative mind finds all the ways it can’t be done.


39) Don’t worry about how old you are.

 “Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” Samuel Ullman.

Age is just a number, anyone can achieve anything at any age. Some of the greatest people to live found their calling late in life.

40) Live within your means

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” Charles Spurgeon.

Cherish what you have; don’t worry about what you don’t have. The child with a makeshift football from a tribal village is happier than the urban child wanting the latest PS4 game his friend got. Ascertain the situation and accept everything you have and are.

Coconut football

41) Spread the joy

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” Oscar Wilde.

Don’t be like Oscar the Grouch, spread happiness wherever you go.

 Oscar the Grouch

42) Try not to be perfect

Perfect people aren’t real and real people aren’t perfect.








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