13 Ideas to Help You Achieve Happiness

13 Ideas to Help You Achieve Happiness
Sergio De Dios González

Reviewed and approved by the psychologist Sergio De Dios González.

Last update: 22 December, 2022

Sometimes life strikes you hard. As the fiercest of hurricanes comes dragging and destroying what was your world. It can seem like happiness escaped from our grasp. Sometimes your whole world seems stuck and you feel bored with yourself and everything around you.

But we can design our own world, we can reinvent it and reinvent ourselves, to change things.

Happiness may be an attitude. In fact, have you ever found people who, in your opinion, have everything to be happy and yet they aren’t? And, have you ever found others who are always smiling at life even when it shows its ugliest face?

“Happiness is internal, not external; therefore, it does not depend on what we have, but what we are “

-Henry Van Dyke-

How can we reinvent ourselves to be happier?

Dr. Mario Alonso Puig gives seven interesting secrets to be happy. We have decided to expand the list with a few more so you have no excuse not to learn how to be happy!

“We seek happiness, but without knowing where, like drunks looking for their home, knowing they have one”


1. Look out for yourself. You are the first one.

It’s true that watching out for and helping others brings us happiness. But when we bend over too much and forget about ourselves we do ourselves a disservice.

A “no” here and there and not trying to please everyone are very important aspects to conquer our happiness.

How about you? What do you want? Reflect on it. 

2. Start again

Has life given you a setback? Start again. Life is like a Ferris wheel, sometimes we’re up and other times we’re down. Get back up again and don’t stay stuck in the sorrows of the past! There are new friends, new loves, new jobs … waiting for you.

Every day, every moment is a new opportunity to be able to start.

3. Do not punish yourself for your mistakes, learn from them

We all make mistakes, to err is human. Stop brooding again and again about the same thing!

What’s done is done. Take it as an opportunity that life has given to you to learn. Feeling guilty only serves to paralyze us, but learning from our mistakes allows us to move forward.

4. Think of all the good you have

We often focus on the phrases “I have such bad luck” or “This or that happened to me again.”

Why don’t you stop and think about the good things you have? Have you ever woken up and wondered, for example, can I see, smell, feel?

Take a look and you will be surprised.

woman dressed in white and happy

5. You decide to change things

If things do not change, why don’t you start by changing them?

What? Are you bored with your life, your routine? Go find activities, go find friends … Go! Don’t wait for things to come knocking on your door.

6. Try new things you’ve always wanted to do

Have you always wanted to learn a language, play an instrument or go rafting? What are you waiting for in order to do it?

It’s your time, take advantage of it.

7. Read about others who have reinvented themselves

There are lovely stories about achievement, and how to manage your life. A great example from someone else can be the motivation you need to get started on your own path of reinvention.

8. Manage your face

Do you know that just by changing our facial gesture you can change your attitude? Why don’t you try it?

You can begin by waking up with a smile every morning… maybe you’ll surprise yourself.

9. Use your inner conversations to support yourself

Use the positive dialogue within you. It includes phrases such as “I can,” “Tomorrow everything will go well,” etc.

The way you speak says a lot about you and how you value yourself. Keep that in mind.

10. Recharge your batteries removes stress

Do not let stress settle in you. It is usually full of negative thoughts and worries about the future or the past.

Distract yourself by doing an activity, practicing meditation or simply observing how you feel to look deeper within yourself.

woman in lotus position on the beach meditating

11. If you can imagine it, you can create it

What are realities were first first big dreams…Why don’t you try to fulfill your dreams? You just have to be clear about what you want, give it shape and look for possibilities to carry it out.

12. Sleep well

Sleep is a great ally of a good mood.

Here’s a tip: when you go to sleep disconnect from your worries and concerns and say, “Don’t I deserve to sleep?”

13. There is no happiness without the other

Be kind to others. Being altruistic makes us feel happier without doubt. Practice altruism.

If you practice these tips, surely you will begin to reinvent yourself and you will come to feel whole. You could maybe even add one more to the list to continue the process. Happiness is an attitude, do not forget.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.