Everyone loves a good list and everyone loves feeling happy. It makes perfect sense to provide a list of 10 things that can make you happier.

  1. Exercise – If I ever feel frustrated or restless before exercise, I certainly don’t feel so after. I feel content, relaxed and fulfilled after a run or a game of sport.
  2. Food – Sometimes I am angry or irritated and I don’t know why. After eating I realise that all along I was actually hangry!
  3. Films – I don’t watch television nearly as much as I used to, but I can’t deny that going to the cinema or lying in front of the television to watch a move infinitely improves my mood – so long as it’s good!
  4. Socialise – This one seems obvious, but sometimes it can be easy to forget. There have been times when I can’t seem to find the time to see friends. My mood worsens and it takes having a good catch up or a night out with old friends to make me feel better.
  5. Listening to music ­– People often listen to music to make mundane tasks more enjoyable, so it must make people more content. I’ve also felt refreshed and happier doing nothing but listening to music and looking out of a window on public transport.
  6. Meditate/practice mindfulness – I try to do it twenty minutes at the start and end of the day. There is so much research into the brilliant effects of smilemindfulness and meditation I would challenge anyone to try it and not feel the positive effects after six weeks.
  7. Tidying/rearranging – Often it is external influences that affect a person’s mood. If a room or your house is very messy or cluttered you can feel stressed and overwhelmed. Rearranging and cleaning your space can greatly improve your mood.
  8. Stimulate your mind – Reading a book, doing a crossword, engaging in a debate, solving a problem. These are all examples of things that challenge your cognitive abilities. Although it can be frustrating, once you complete a challenging task you feel happier from a sense of personal achievement.
  9. Being affectionate – Giving someone a hug, doing favo
    urs and expecting nothing in return, getting someone a present, having sex with your partner. Showing love for your friends, family and partners is a great way to feel good.
  10. Get outside – Staying cooped up indoors for too long can cause you to feel uneasy or stressed. Going outside for a walk around your neighbourhood or heading to a green space can make you happier.