Happiness is a wonderful feeling that everyone likes to experience, and learning to be happy is achievable. Come on!  Smile with me! Here are 11 tips to help you develop a practice of happiness:

#1  Think Of Those Who Really Love You

Yes, there are people, particularly, your close friends and family members who admire and love you.  They’re likely the most meaningful individuals in your life.  If you wish to invoke a feeling of happiness this is a great place to start. Remember you’re never alone; the people closest to you love and support you no matter what.

#2  Be Happy Because You Are Alive

Life’s a gift.  Be happy that you’re are alive. Each new day is brimming with hope and possibility.  It’s easy to fall into patterns of worry and doubt; we all do it from time to time.  When this happens try shifting your thoughts to things you’re grateful for.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised when the universe responds by providing you with more things to be grateful for.  It’s a great day to be alive!

#3  Being Happy Enhances Relationships

If you’re anything like me, I’ll bet you’re naturally drawn to happy, positive people.  You can increase your magnetism and enhance your relationships simply by being committed to developing compassion towards yourself and others.  Have an open heart, it’s a great place to start.

#4 Think About Your Achievements

Take a moment to reflect on your life.  Celebrate the journey and your achievements.  Bask in the glow of accomplishment.  This simple tool allows you to feel happy and acts as a catalyst; inspiring new adventures and future accomplishments.

#5  Happy People Are More Productive

Who do you suppose will get more done? The person that’s happy, optimistic, and motivated or the person that spends his time and energy complaining, and venting on how his life is not fair? Happy people tend to be more productive and are much more likely to achieve their goals.  Next time you have a job to do bring your happiness with you so you can share it with your colleagues.  Give it a try; I’ll bet you’ll get more done and it could be fun!

#6  The Community Needs More Happy People

It seems like each week we read about a new crisis that makes us question where our society is headed.  Stories of war, poverty, famine, and destruction are common place.  We are not powerless. Each of one of us has the power to be the change we want to see in the world.  Lead by example; share your happiness with those around you and watch the ripple effect.

#7  Happy People Are Healthier

If you need one more reason why you ought to be happy, here’s a great one; research reveals a direct association between health and fitness. Happy individuals are more likely to take care of themselves by working out and eating healthier.  Time to get your happy on!

#8  Happiness Is Contagious

That’s right happiness is contagious and you can share your gift of happiness with the people around you.  You can brighten the day of another person just be sharing your smile.  This simple act can spread happiness like wildfire.  Share your gift of happiness with someone today.

#9  You Can Breathe

Hold your breath for 3 minutes and tell me how happy you are that you could breathe.   Now, hold your breath and read through the rest of this article… then breathe.   Any time you are feel yourself slipping into negative thoughts just take a moment to breathe.  Then think of 5 things that make you happy.  Take control of your energy flow.  Sometimes a little shift in perspective is all we need.

#10  Happy People Take The Bull By The Horns

Happy people are naturally self-motivated and they seem to easily overcome challenges.  Do you know why?  It’s their perspective! You can overcome challenges with grace and ease.  This might take some practice but it’s worth it.  Next time you are faced with a challenge shift your perspective.  Focus on the opportunity you have to learn and grow.  Try it!  You’ll be amazed at the creative solutions you come up with.  This simple tip will help you feel energized, positive and hopeful!

#11  Happy Thoughts Attract Success

Think happy thoughts and attract more things to be happy about! Many thoughts run through our minds on a daily basis.  Some good and some not so good.  The key to success is to focus on the happy positive thoughts.  Remember energy flows where attention goes. Practicing a happy positive attitude will help you magnetize whatever you desire in life.

Be happy today and share your happiness with others.  Smile With Me!  You’ll be amazed at the opportunities you are blessed with.