Tips to Improve Health by Increasing Happiness Make an Appointment Ask a Question Search Conditions Reviewed by Kristen E. Holm, PhD, MPH (August 26, 2016) Smile Therapy The mind is powerful and can influence your health in good and bad ways. Negative feelings and stress can suppress the immune system, while smiling and thinking positive can improve your health. Here is a list of different things you can do to increase positive thoughts and happiness. 14 Ways to Increase Happiness SleepMake sleep your #1 priority and you will perform better and be less sensitive to negativity. MeditateFocus on breathing, sounds, music, an object or activity to rewire your brain for happiness. JournalWrite good memories for positive reinforcement and negative events to reduce their impact. ShowerTake a warm shower before bedtime to relax your mind and body. VentVoice concerns to improve mental health. RelaxEat dark chocolate, chew gum and exercise to manage stress hormones and metabolism. ObserveView pictures of nature or get 15 minutes of sunshine a day to boost, mood and memory. ConcentrateDo crossword or Sudoku puzzles, or other games help relieve stress and improve focus. SmellStop and smell the roses, coffee, baking bread or whatever brings a smile to your face. DrinkDrink more water, less alcohol and no caffeine after 2 p.m. to sleep better and be healthier. LaughMake time to laugh with others, while watching or listening to a funny show. SmileSmiling, even during a hard time, can reduce pain, and improve mood and thinking. MoveExercise is a dependable mood booster; take a 10-minute walk to reduce stress. HelpHelping others produces the single most reliable momentary increase in happiness. This information has been approved by Kristen Holm, PhD, August 2016.