Tips to Improve Health by Increasing Happiness

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

  1. Sleep — Make sleep your #1 priority and you will perform better and be less sensitive to negativity.

  2. Meditate — Focus on breathing, sounds, music, an object or activity to rewire your brain for happiness.

  3. Journal — Write good memories for positive reinforcement and negative events to reduce their impact.

  4. Shower — Take a warm shower before bedtime to relax your mind and body.

  5. Vent — Voice concerns to improve mental health.

  6. Destress Eat dark chocolate, chew gum and exercise to manage stress hormones and metabolism. 

  7. Observe — View pictures of nature or get 15 minutes of sunshine a day to boost, mood and memory.

  8. Concentrate Do crossword or Sudoku puzzles, or other games help relieve stress and improve focus. 

  9. Smell — Stop and smell the roses, coffee, baking bread or whatever brings a smile to your face.

  10. Drink — Drink more water, less alcohol and no caffeine after 2 p.m. to sleep better and be healthier.

  11.  Laugh Make time to laugh with others, while watching or listening to a funny show

  12. Smile Smiling, even during a hard time, can reduce pain, and improve mood and thinking.

  13. Move Exercise is a dependable mood booster; take a 10-minute walk to reduce stress.

  14. Help — Helping others produces the single most reliable momentary increase in happiness.


Talk with your doctor if you need additional help with stress, sleep or coping with life or health issues.


This content was reviewed and approved by Kristen Holm, PhD, August 2016.