7 Ways to Lasting Happiness

If you are new here and want to work on Self-Development, you can start with this post. This is a series of 7 posts that deals with various facets of Self Development. Do let me know your suggestions or feel free to ask your queries.

Life is the quest for happiness, isnโ€™t it? We have heard that happiness can be found within us. Now I am giving you 7 methods of finding this happiness within you and bringing it to the surface. If you notice, these are either to be repeated daily or they make a mark in your life. Either way, they give lasting happiness. This is just a drop in the ocean of ways to be happy. I am restricting to 7 since my theme demands it. ย I hope you find them useful.


1. Finding time for your passion

What was that one thing you have always wanted to do/learn/be? An artist, a singer, an author, a sportsperson, an actor, a linguist, a traveler? Whatever your heart yearns for, you still can be that. You say you already have a job? That is okay. If youโ€™re passionate about something, pursue it during your spare time!

Observe where your time goes wasted. Reduce the wastage and invest some time per week to follow your passion. You WILL enjoy those few hours because you love doing it. Because that is the dream! Go ahead. Plan, chase, sweat it out and be what you were meant to be. ๐Ÿ˜€

2. Reward Yourself at the End of the Day

You sometimes spend way too much time on your break โ€“ watching funny videos, movies, sitcoms, reading, social networking – and at the end of the day, get stressed out as no work gets done. Eventually, in spite of doing what you love, you are unhappy. The key is to find the midway. Assign a particular time, preferably towards the end of the day to do what you love. It will be the reward for the dayโ€™s work and also a stress buster. You will eagerly look forward to this particular time and have the motivation to finish your work. When you are done, man! won’t you be the happiest and the most relaxed person on Earth? ๐Ÿ˜€

3. Writing one happy thing about the day

You have heard this before and Iโ€™d say follow it. If you have been following my Self Development posts, you already have a journal to jot down your To-Do list. In the same journal, you can jot down what made you happy at the end of each day. It could be a person, a thing, an event, a phenomenon, a feeling, an action. Anything! Even better. Take up the 100 Happy Days challenge. When you voluntarily find reasons to be happy every day, eventually you will see reasons for happiness everywhere, in everything involuntarily.

4. Being in tune with nature

We often underestimate this aspect of life – The gift of nature. But think about it. The feeling you get when you go on a trek, go to a beach, sit on the bank of a lake, walk amidst the woods, ride in the rain. It is a feeling you never get anywhere else. You are in tune with nature, the bare elements that you are made of. You are in tune with yourself. You can contemplate, look for answers or simply admire the creation of the Almighty.

5. Mark your Year

And mark my words. If you follow this, in 5 years, you will thank me. It is very simple. At the beginning of every year, decide 2 (Or any number of) realistic, amazing, practical things you will do that year.
For instance, if you want to go on a trip to Malaysia, do your homework, make a plan, fix a tentative date, determine the budget, and start saving for it in particular. Prepare explicitly for it so that you make it happen.

Remember your years not by numbers but by the amazing things you did.

The year I went to Malaysia.

The year I went Scuba diving.

The year I came across this amazing blog โ€˜A Few Handpicked Thingsโ€™ ๐Ÿ˜› *Hides face*



6. Spending time with a child or a pet

Children are innocent. They live in the moment. There is a lot to learn from their spontaneity and their baby talk gives you a fuzzy feeling. As for pets, love oozes like cheese fro a pizza. Hugging your dog and letting him give you saliva facial is all the therapy you need to be happy. Both these beings are always happy and do not spoil their moods with unnecessary thoughts. They are always happy and busy and if you are with them, you are always happy and busy.

I used to have a dog and whenever I was upset, she used to sense it, come and sit beside me. It took barely half an hour for me to forget my sadness.

Oh! I miss her ๐Ÿ™ Now I need a dog!

7. Gift Happiness

I love giving gifts. It is heart-warming to see the smile on their lips, the surprise in their eyes turning to an excited twinkle as they unwrap the gift. There is more. I tell them what I love about them, I surprise them with letters, I write things that make them feel good or create something.

Encourage, appreciate, tell them they are loved, gift little things, nothing too pricey โ€“ chocolates, flowers. In my office, when friends go out for lunch and come back with toffees, we run around in glee for those tiny treats. See? It is that easy! ๐Ÿ˜€

I sometimes tell strangers that I like there top or dress etc. It makes them smile and I feel good about appreciating someone. I send out happiness to the universe and get some back.

Psst! Appreciate my writing and Iโ€™ll be mentally pirouetting for the rest of the day (Okay Iโ€™m done promoting myself. Promise!) ๐Ÿ˜‰



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  1. Shalzmojo

    I love your pointers for finding happiness within -only when one is in love with self, can one appreciate things around! God one Ranjini – will try and catch up on all your posts. Cheers for the barathon

  2. Roshan Radhakrishnan

    i need to learn a lot from this post… I’ve failed miserably in this regard in recent times.


  3. Neha

    Those are simple and great pointers. Will try and do the 100 happy days challenge and mark your year! It will be fun to do with my kids

    1. Ranjini

      Yes. Kids make everything fun. In fact if there is company for these, it makes it more doable ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Anchal || TheMumStory

    Beautiful post. Agree with all your points. But the most with finding your passion. It brings a lot of satisfaction and happiness

  5. Vasantha Vivek

    Lovely post. All your pointers are meaningful. Happiness should flow like a waterfalls.

  6. kalpana solsi

    Finding time for your passion is very therapeutic.
    the second point : reward yourself at the end of the day is learning to praise , appreciate and accept oneself. pat your own back if someone else doesn’t.


    1. Ranjini

      So well put. First thing to do is to appreciate yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Shilpa Garg

    Agree with the pointers you have shared. Spending time with pets is one amazing stress buster and doing what you love is another thing that gives me peace and happiness. Writing things that make you happy or having a gratitude journal is another sure shot recipe for lasting happiness.

    1. Ranjini

      Thank you so much Shilpa ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been a bit held up for the past month and so now on a replying spree. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. L.E.R.T

    I would totally agree to what you have mentioned. Especially points no 1 and 6. Well written. Kudos

    1. Ranjini

      Thank you so much. Glad that you could relate to them ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Obsessivemom

    Some really fabulous pointers – that about one happy thing at the end of the day and marking your years. Loved those specially.

  10. Mayuri Nidigallu

    Ok, let me start with a confession. The gorgeous pic you’ve used for this post pulled me here, and I was rolling my eyes thinking to myself ‘a self help article’ UNTIL I started reading it!:)))
    I have read this post twice and love it twice over! Point 2, 3 and 5 and just what I needed and my favourites! Thank you for sharing and I am going to follow these!:)

    1. Ranjini

      Your comment absolutely made my day! I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to see this.
      That was precisely my aim. To not let my posts be yet another banter of things to do.
      Do let me know how it goes ๐Ÿ™‚

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