Happiness is something we all want to achieve. But the faster the pace of life has become, the difficult it seems to achieve true happiness. Moreover, the pace of the modern life is faster than the pace of the modern day man. Life is running fast. Everyone is trying to match the pace of life.

But you know where the problem is. The faster we run to match the pace with the bigger and better looking things in life, the more we are missing on certain small things that can give us abundant joy.

Let me try and illustrate with an example.

Life is like a hill we all want to climb. But while riding on our vehicles, if the pace is too fast we might miss on the beautiful trees alongside, the pleasant weather, the chirruping of birds, the feel of the cold air, and the sight on the blue cloud.

So, while we don’t have to drive too fast in order to miss the scenery. We also have to make sure that the speed is not too slow and we reach on the right time to enjoy the sun rise. Basically, we are so stressed in our lives that we have forgotten the basic mantras for a peaceful life.  Here, on this list you will find some simple and easy ways that you should implement in life to achieve happiness and beat the ugly stress. Some of the life hacks discussed in the book will also help you connect better to yourself and give you the spark you need to spice up your dull life.

  1. You yourself

You are the key to your happiness. If you want to be happy, you will find ways. If you do not want to be happy, you will always look for shortcomings in everything. One who wants to be happy will find happiness in small things. Happiness starts with you. You are the first ingredient towards happiness.

  1. Love truly and deeply

Love is a feeling, it is a experience, it is a journey, it is divine. Love is an important part of life. Love, laugh, live is a beautiful mantra. Love everyone truly without any ifs and buts. Love wholeheartedly. Love yourself, the people around you, your job and everything in life will fall on the right places. Stop complaining. Welcome everything in life with open arms. Life is filled with abundant moments of joy.

  1. Smile, Laugh, Cry

Most of us have forgotten how to laugh. Smiling is probably the smallest change of all that you can bring in your life. It cost nothing and yet brings joy to lives. The smiles of small kids often bring smile to our face. You know why. It is because smile is contagious. Kids don’t worry about everything that is going around them. This small life hack can probably make your personality attractive. You may land up getting the dream date of your life with that little smile on your face. This simple life hack will pay you in the long run. Believe me, try smiling today or even better make someone smile. You will love it.

Not only smiling but taking out your emotions is also equally important. Crying help us get rid of all the negative emotions building in us.

  1. Develop a hobby

Think of that one activity you loved in your childhood and have stopped now. You must have loved writing, singing or playing outdoors in High School. But your tight schedule leaves no time for the same now. I suggest you to look back in your childhood days and find out one thing that you really enjoyed in the past. Reschedule your week to find at least one day for that activity.  If you can do this, there is nothing stopping you. Sky is the limit for you.

If nothing else, start reading more. Reading acts as a window to the world. Read fictions, biographies, story books, comics or even newspaper.

  1. Forgive, forget and move ahead

I forgive easily but it happened a lot with me that I kept the stuff in my heart that bothered me. Someone suggested me the double F mantra (forgive and forget) and it worked. Now, I don’t forgive but also forget. After all, you don’t own all the problems in the world. So, learn to move on. Remember there is always Plan B. Even if Plan B does not work, remember there are 26 alphabets in English language. If a language can be generous enough to give you 26 alphabets, you can probably give yourself few chances in life by moving on from all that hold you behind.

Leave behind things that hurt you. An important step towards a better life would be to move away from things that holds you back. Don’t carry any burden in your heart for anything that happened in your past and was out of your control.

  1. Travel More

What was the last place you visited? Wasn’t that fun? Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t confine themselves to one place. For them, world is home. Start exploring the world. Make it a point to do at least one trip in a year.

Traveling not only frees up the space in your mind but also creates space for memories. Meet new people, try new cuisines, explore new cultures and you will definitely feel high. Traveling raises your spirit. It helps you accept things easily. Welcome changes easily.

Think of a place that you want to visit. Don’t think more about it. Back your bags. Book the tickets. Get set Go. Open your arms and the world is yours!

  1. De clutter your life

Searching your favorite dress in the cupboard? Found almost everything except that dress. Well it’s the time for you to de clutter and for heels to wear at party in the night. Get rid of those electronics, extra clothes you have worn in a year and everything useless occupying the much needed cupboard space. In fact getting rid of those photographs and messages of your ex seems a good de cluttering idea. Try it today.

  1. Try Music

Who doesn’t love music? Probably we all do. After all, music heals. It helps us connect better to our surroundings, nature, God and our inner self. Listen some rocking numbers that will keep you lively all day. Identify your taste of music. Listen to it, while your way to office or way back home. It has a direct impact on our mood. So, find that genre that works best for us. Music relieves depression and is a great mood booster.

  1. De clutter your life

Searching your favorite dress in the cupboard? Found almost everything except that dress. Well it’s the time for you to de clutter and for heels to wear at party in the night. Get rid of those electronics, extra clothes you have worn in a year and everything useless occupying the much needed cupboard space. In fact getting rid of those photographs and messages of your ex seems a good de cluttering idea. Try it today.

  1. Disconnect with the world and connect with yourself.

Disconnect with the world for some time. Spend time with yourself. Love yourself. Pamper yourself. Discover yourself and connect with your inner self. Believe me, this is one of the best thing you must do for yourself. Rejuvenate your lost energy that you had in those childhood days. Explore the kid in yourself that is scared to come outside. Bring it out. Disconnect from all worldly pleasures and connect with the rising sun in the morning or the sun set in the evening. Look at the birds in the sky. Spend some time with the stars and the moon in the night. In this tech savvy world, we have become too addicted to our smart phones. Take a smart break from them. Keep them away for some time. Spend some time with yourself and learn to enjoy your company. Spending some quality time with your own self will also put you across your own thoughts and ideas. This will help you know yourself better and bring the better version of you to the world.

  1. Dedicate life to a bigger goal

There is no pure joy in life greater than doing something for the poor and destitute. Do something for the needy. Associate yourself with some NGO. You Don’t always need to contribute money. Someone all these people need is your time. Go to an orphanage or old age home. Devote your time. Listen to their stories. Help the small kids with their homework. Try to make the world better. Your small steps can go a long way to help have a long lasting effect on their life. Doing something selflessly will provide you a inner solace.

Do some Charity. Help a needy. Educate someone. Create a better world. There are so many people if the world living in miserable circumstances. Help anyone and everyone you can. You could help someone not only with money but also with time.

  1. Love yourself

Nobody will ever love you, if you don’t love yourself first. Love yourself, pamper yourself. Do everything that makes you happy. The one investment that is always worth it is the investment in you. Open your arms for everything that comes your way. Seek opportunities. Become a learner and grow in life.

  1. Positive Attitude

Always hope for the best. No matter how bad everything may seem, always remember good time will come. Positive attitude will always speak highly you. How you perceive a half filled glass speaks a lot about you. Opportunities come to those who believe in success. Faith is success comes from a positive attitude.

  1. Reduce your expectations

High expectations from others mostly do not take us anywhere. The best approach is not to have high expectation from others. Don’t always wait for the best to come your way. Instead turn everything that comes your way to be the best.

  1. Follow your dreams and passion

Dreams and passion drive us. Life without dreams is like a ship in the sea with out any destination. Identify what you are passionate about. Identify your dreams in life. Make efforts to achieve your dreams. Lead life in a way that you get closer to your dreams each day.  Nothing great in this world has been achieved by anyone without a dream and passion. Passion drive us to lead us a enthusiastic life.