5 Ways to Be Happier in 5 Minutes

5 Ways to Be Happier in 5 Minutes
5 Ways to Be Happier in 5 Minutes

There are ways to cheer up and get back to being yourself in just a few minutes.  The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or unhappy, try these tips.

  • Go for a walk. Exercise makes your body produce more endorphins, which work to make you feel happier.  Furthermore, just getting away from the stress of a particular situation or area can go a long way towards helping you to put everything in perspective.  Even a quick hike to the mailbox or the parking lot can help youth calm down and give you the energy to tackle a problem.
  • Close your eyes and take two deep breaths.  Think of this as a five minute meditation.  Forcing yourself to physically relax can help your brain to destress and analyze problems better.  Use this time to clear your mind, then focus on defining the problem and identifying probable solutions for it.
  • Call a friend.  If you have someone in your life who can always cheer you up, give them a call or send a text.  Research has shown that reaching out to a network of friends and family members can help fight the symptoms of depression.  Make sure to keep your phone call short, however.  Launching into a hour-long slam session won’t do much to help your overall mood, and it can wear out the patience of your friends.  Instead, focus on just a few minutes of explaining the problem and then move on.
  • Visualize your goals.  Are you feeling run-down from fighting with your kids over homework or stressed about a big project at work? Take a few seconds to imagine the outcome of all your hard work.  For example, picture yourself attending your child’s graduation or getting a promotion at work.  Thinking about the positive outcome you want to achieve will help you to stay motivated and improve your mood as you face more challenges down the road.
  • Focus on what’s going right. Either write down or say aloud three things that are going right in your life right now.  Think of things that you’re grateful for, such as your health, your family, or the roof over your head.  Focusing on the things that are positive in your life can make it a lot easier to face the problems and challenges that you’re dealing with at the present moment.


  1. KayCee, I feel like you. My 2 best friends have passed n No One wants to talk to me as I’m very depressed n Sad. I Try Very hard daily n as I sit here CRYIN n hyperventilating. I don’t know where to turn? No one to call. Drs r No help

  2. FUN to read as our world is moving so fast today and often in a SAD direction.
    As a SR CITIZEN that has had bumps along the way, the tips above all help. And guess what ? As the days pass, years pass all these little things add up to a PEACEFUL LIFE and such an appreciation of what we do HAVE and how BLESSED we are to have survived all those “bumps’. Add some good books and good TV viewing and LIFE IS GOOD !

  3. Good advise but what if your children have grown and or you are not working. Your advise seems geared to easily flexible life situations, the fluff stuff. Guess happier daily does not apply to us. 😏

  4. Oh geez wish I could! I walk regularly but a foot injury complicated by arthritis prevents that. My best pal who ALWAYS
    made you feel better after a phone chat passed. I miss her very much. My second best friend who herself was a depressed personality also passed away. I try making new friends, but peopke today seem self absorbed and always in a hurried rush. Such anxiety exoerienced by si many to do di do run run run. Noone does even a cup of tea or coffee these days. The weather here is gorgeous and I can deep breathe!!

  5. The suggestions are good because suffered depression and I wished that I knew about these steps sooner, knowing this can help others.


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