Simple tips to improve happiness

The importance of happiness cannot be overstated. Not only does it contribute significantly to our mental health, but it also affects our physical health, relationships, and productivity at work. 


In today's fast-paced world, where stress levels are high and people often feel disconnected from each other, taking time to celebrate happiness is more important than ever.

Let us take this opportunity to reflect on what brings us joy and gratitude in life. Whether it is spending time with loved ones, pursuing a hobby or passion, or simply enjoying the beauty of nature around us - let's make an effort to prioritise these things and spread positivity wherever we go.

Tips to improve happiness

1. Take some time out for yourself

Do something that brings you pure bliss - whether it's reading a book, taking a relaxing bath, or indulging in your favourite treat. Remember that self-care is crucial when it comes to cultivating happiness within ourselves.

2. Spread kindness wherever you go

Smile at strangers on the street, pay someone a compliment, or even perform an act of service for someone in need. Small acts of kindness can have a big impact on both the giver and the receiver.

3. Connect with loved ones

Spend quality time with friends and family members who bring you joy and laughter. Share stories, reminisce about old times, and create new memories together.

4. Seek Counselling

Last (but no means least) counselling can be a way to help with your overall happiness. It could be something that is bothering you in the present and you just need a different 'listening ear' and a different voice. It could be something more deep-rooted that you want to explore in a safe, non-judgmental environment, away from family and friends.

By practising self-care, spreading kindness, connecting with loved ones, and undertaking counselling (if relevant), we can start to cultivate more joy; not just starting today but every day moving forward.

As we transition into discussing 'the science of happiness: tips for living a fulfilling life', remember that these strategies will help enhance your overall well-being by focusing on what truly brings us fulfilment in life rather than fleeting moments of pleasure.

The science of happiness: Tips for living a fulfilling life

Life can be a rollercoaster ride, but with some tips for living a fulfilling life, you too can experience true happiness. As the famous movie quote says, "life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get." However, that doesn't mean we should give up on our pursuit of happiness. Instead, we must understand that it's an ongoing journey filled with ups and downs.

One essential tip for finding joy in your day-to-day life is practising gratitude. By taking time each day to reflect on the things you're grateful for, whether big or small, you'll start to appreciate all the good things around you. 

Additionally, staying connected with friends and family helps us feel more fulfilled in life as humans are social creatures who crave connection.

Another crucial factor when it comes to achieving long-term happiness is pursuing activities that bring us purpose and meaning. Whether it's volunteering at a local charity or starting your own business venture, having something meaningful outside of work can significantly impact our overall well-being.

Once again, don't forget about self-care - you can't function as an 'empty vessel' - recognise your efforts, recognise your 'wins' and recognise your self-rewards. Taking care of yourself both physically and mentally is vital for experiencing genuine happiness. This includes regular exercise, proper nutrition, getting enough sleep, and managing stress levels effectively.

Remember happiness isn't just about temporary moments of pleasure but rather focusing on building long-lasting habits that lead to sustainable happiness. Remembering these tips while being kind to ourselves along the way will surely help make our lives happier and more fulfilling.


Happiness is not just an elusive feeling, but a state of mind that we can actively cultivate in our everyday lives. Just like planting seeds in a garden, we can nurture our own happiness by practising gratitude, kindness, and mindfulness.

So, let's take this opportunity to spread joy wherever we go, even if it's just through small gestures like smiling at strangers or sending a kind message to a loved one. 

Let's choose to design our present with joy, love, and gratitude, and spread the message of happiness to everyone we meet along the way. Together, we can create a ripple effect of positivity that transforms our lives and the world we live in. Because after all, as the saying goes:

"Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present." (Jim Rohn)

If you are local to Wigan and you are seeking face-to-face counselling then feel free to get in touch. Alternatively, if you prefer phone contact (regardless of being local or from the UK) feel free to get in touch for an informal conversation.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Counselling Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Wigan, Lancashire, WN1
Written by Ray Cruise
Wigan, Lancashire, WN1

I am an Integrative Psychotherapist/Counsellor based at Empowered Counselling Services.

I really enjoy working with people through their issues in a safe, non-judgemental, warm, empathetic environment - to see them change and transform as they begin to have their own realisations and in turn find and make the changes they need.

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