No matter the age or gender of an individual, the quest for happiness is something that everyone can relate to. It is a state of being content and satisfied with everything around you. However, with life not being certain and things sometimes not going the way as planned, happiness can be thought to be elusive. Learning how to be happy no matter what is a sure way to live a good life. Check out ten (10) tips that can help you live a happy life:

1. Always remember that you have choices
Life’s difficulties are inevitable. However, you can control how you respond to them. You’ll be more content once you begin to see happiness as a choice rather than as a good fortune reserved for a few.

2. Gratitude is key
Practice the art of being grateful. While this will be hard to do in difficult times, remember that grieving is not a call to wallow in the pain. Feel the pain and be grateful for the strength to go through it and its lessons. Acknowledging what is good in your life is an essential step in learning how to live a happy life.

3. Learn to Forgive
Anger toward yourself, things that have happened in your life and other people can be a significant burden. Letting go of anger gives room for you to truly appreciate yourself and your life.

4. Be Mindful
Your thoughts play a role in the quality of your life. Dwelling on negative emotions can be detrimental. You learn to be happier when you rid yourself of the negative and focus on the more positive side of things.

5. Cherish your friends
Many times a community of people who will always have your back can be an important part of living a happier life. Without true friends, loneliness may creep in and impact your overall wellbeing negatively.

6. Don’t forget to rest
Sleeping helps you feel refreshed and focused. Losing sleep or not sleeping enough can also impact your mood. Practicing good sleep habits and getting plenty of uninterrupted rest will keep you from being cranky.

7. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
Exercise release feel-good chemicals called endorphins that improve your mood, boosts energy and promotes good sleep. While some people enjoy very intense exercise – others can do with simple cardio. Try it today and thank us later.

8. Get out in the sun!
While staying indoors with the blinds closed and lights off can have your brain feeling sleepy and moody like it is night time, leaving the house for a bit of sunshine can help improve your overall mood. Start taking advantage of sunny days by getting outside and just letting yourself breathe.

9. Declutter
Keeping your work and home spaces clean and free of clutter can greatly lift your mood. Try a little cleaning and organizing if you feel down and watch your mood improve.

10. Celebrate the small wins
Keep your eyes on your goal but don’t despise your journey to success. Every little achievement counts so, give kudos to yourself as you work towards the goal. Achieving goals can help boost your confidence, and with it, your sense of happiness, too.

It is important to note that these tips will not be easy and you have to be intentional about them. When you however do them daily, over time they become good habits that lead to a happier and healthier you.

The health information provided under this program is for educational purposes only. It is not medical advice and is not intended to be a substitute for proper medical care provided by a doctor.

Leadway Health assumes no responsibility for any circumstances arising out of the use, misuse, interpretation, or application of the information provided. Individuals are encouraged to consult with their doctor for appropriate examinations, treatment, testing, and care recommendations, including before undertaking a new diet or exercise program.