Wouldn’t it be great if we could feel good all time? After all, feeling good helps us to get more things done in our busy lives. It also helps us to express who we truly are on a personal level.

Feeling bad doesn’t do us many favours. In fact, when we are in a sour mood and are feeling low, the negativity blurs our vision, zaps our energy, and we can sometimes treat people in ways we aren’t proud of.

But what if there was a way to feel good most of the time? What if there was an easy solution to help work on our happiness levels, and express the best parts of our personality? Fortunately there is. Today, I would like to show you 10 ways to increase your happiness and lead an amazing life.

1. Practice Heartfelt Gratitude

You cannot be grateful and unhappy, no more than you can unhappy and grateful. The daily practice of putting yourself in a state of gratitude will help increase your levels of happiness.

In the morning when you wake up, and before you go to sleep at night. Think about all the things you are grateful for in your life. If you can maintain this habit of being grateful for what you currently have, you will find your happiness and life change as a result.

2. Choose Experience Over Materials

What will you remember and appreciate more in your life: A two-hundred dollar jacket you bought five years ago, or the weekend trip you spent away with a loved one, ten years ago?

Studies show that spending money on experiences instead of materials will have a long-term effect on happiness levels.

3. Spend Time Outdoors Every Week

Due to our busy lives, most of us only ever see the sight of a computer screen, and the four walls around us. Very rare do we spend enough time outdoors to appreciate the nature close to home.

Wherever you live in the world, if you can make time and spend it outdoors, this can have a very positive effect on your life and happiness levels.

A simple walk alone without any distractions – iPods and phones – is all you need. You can also share this past-time with someone close to you, who is also interested in doing the same.

4. Cut Down On Your Coffee Intake And Drink More Herbal Teas

Most of us love coffee all throughout the day. Drinking coffee at the best of times can be relaxing. However, due to the caffeine in coffee, it has shown to increase stress and make us irritable.

Many of us are unaware on how much we rely on coffee. If we were to cut coffee out completely, we’d likely experience headaches and an emotional low.

Instead, enjoy your morning coffee, but also try and include natural teas. This one change alone can help reduce stress and improve your emotions, making you feel more happy.

5. Keep A Journal

Studies show that writing about your problems is more effective than talking to somebody about them. Keeping a journal can have a long-term effect on levels of happiness.

If ever you feel angry, or happy. It’s beneficial to take time aside and express how you feel through your journal.

6. Focus More On Set Short-Term Goals Before Your Long-Term Goals

We all have goals, or at least we should. Most of the time we can get frustrated with the stress of a long-term goal.

The best way to achieve your long-term goals is to start with the short-term. Chunking down your goals into smaller steps will pave the way towards succeeding in the long-term.

For example, if your goal is drop 100 pounds of excess body fat, chunk down the necessary steps you need to make in order to reach your target.

7. Learn Something New

Acquiring a new skill can improve your happiness and self-esteem. It can also improve your life because new skills can open new opportunities.

Learning a new skill will give you more focus in life; the challenge to develop a new skill, and advance as a person is one of the most rewarding experiences out there.

8. Be More Nutritionally Aware

Diet can have a major impact on our happiness, both good and bad. If you neglect the amount of food you eat on a daily basis, it almost certain you will find unhappiness in the long-term.

Food affects our mind and body. If we increase our nutritional awareness, and make room for more natural food sources, it will helps us to lead a better quality of life.

9. Read A Book Often

Reading is a great past time, as it can help develop your mind on a particular subject. Whilst fictional books are entertaining, you cannot always grow from them.

Instead, try reading ‘smart thinking’ books as they will help expand your mind. This will improve your life and happiness levels due to the learning involved.

10.  Save A Small Percentage Of Your Income

Saving money is sure way to increase your happiness in the long-term. Saving a small percentage of your income will help you to better of should you ever need the money.

It may seem almost impossible for some people to save money. But just a small amount each week is enough. Knowing you have backup money in the bank can relieve you of a lot of stress as you go about your daily life.

11. Spend Time With Positive People

Spending time with negative people, who complain about their daily lives, can only have drawbacks on your own personal life.

Instead, try and spend your time around good friends. Be around people who lift you higher in life and share the same values as you do.

And if you don’t have friends, your own company will always be better than someone who is constantly complaining about life.

12. Take Up Regular Exercise

The benefits of regular exercise are no surprise. Those who exercise tend to be less unhappy and lead more rewarding lifestyle. This is because exercise has a range of health benefits that affect both the mind and body.

If you can incorporate a small workout, even if it’s once a week, this will help you feel happier and confident in the long-run.