Everybody knows that the key to happiness lies in a blog somewhere on the cosmic web. I think Confucius predicted that a long time ago, but I could be wrong (I most definitely am). Lucky for you, you've found that blog post. The blog post where I, a self-proclaimed happiness expert, give you tips to be just a little bit more, well, happy.
Thankfully, these tips are super simple - like the title says! They don't take much effort or time, and most can be done without spending any money. In fact, alot of them will save you money (you'll understand when you read the cupcake tip). So without further ado, here are 15 super simple tips to turn that frown upside down and be just a little bit more happy.
1. Get more sleep
If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times - Get. More. Sleep. Put your phone away and count sheep. Hit snooze. Count backwards. Do whatever it takes - you'll thank yourself the next morning. Not sure how? We made a big list of things you can do to catch some z's.
2. Wear comfy undies
Can you imaging walking around with a really tight hat on all day? A hat that makes your head all sweaty and hot, but you can't adjust it in public because it's kind of embarrassing? Now take that analogy and apply it to your underwear. Why are you still walking around with awful, non-breathable, steam-room-esque underwear? Invest in some comfy undies - undies that let your nether regions breathe freely. Luckily, we happen to know of some awesome boxer briefs that'll make you feel like you're wearing nothing at all. Life's too short for awful undies.
Need help deciding which style of undies is best for you? We've got you covered. We broke down the most popular types of underwear and went through the pros and cons so you can make a better decision.
3. Put your earphones in and pretend you're in a music video
This is a personal guilty pleasure of mine. It all starts when your favorite song comes up on shuffle (in my case, Otis by Jay-Z and Kanye West). You start walking to the beat, which makes you look like a badass. You get a little bit of choreography going. You don't even play an instrument but you're absolutely shredding a guitar solo. Then you notice you've actually been humming a little loud and everyone on the subway is looking at you weird. Doesn't matter, they're haters anyways.
4. Eat the free cookie
Cookies have calories. But free cookies have the same amount of calories as cookies that cost money. So the next time someone offers you a free cookie, don't scrunch your nose and say "no thanks, not for me". Take the free cookie and eat it. It's a gift from the universe.
5. Laugh at your own jokes
You know you're funny. Your friends / partner may not agree, but what do they know about comedic genius anyways. You make yourself laugh, and that's all that matters. On a serious note, a study in Norway found
a) Women with a strong sense of humor were found to live longer in spite of illness, especially cardiovascular disease and infection
b) Men with a strong sense of humor seem to be more protected against infection
Laughing is great, and it's great for you!
6. Get a pet
This one may cost you some money, but it doesn't have to. Consider adopting a dog or a cat. Maybe a goldfish or an iguana. Some people go all out and get more ahem exotic pets. Take a look at this proud pet owner that thought outside the box and decided to get himself a bear.
This one is definitely a simple happiness tip. Have a nice whistle every now and then. Just don't do it in a crowded place. Nobody likes a loud whistler.
8. Binge watch a series on Netflix
We've all done it, there's nothing to be ashamed of. My personal record is Breaking Bad seasons 1 through 6 in 2 weeks. I watched it on the toilet, on the commute, on break and in bed. Looking back, that may have been a little excessive, but I still think it's impressive. I challenge you to beat it.
9. Name your houseplants/shaving accessories/clothes
Name your plant. Come home from work and say "Hello Jamie" to your plant. This will make you happy. It will also make Jamie happy. Bid your razor good morning. If you're into beards, greet your beard comb before you comb your manhood. Say goodnight to your socks when you take them off (unless you wear socks to bed, in which case I ask, HOW?)
10. Run up the stairs like a gorilla
Now this one is a throwback to childhood. Bonus points if you make gorilla noises as you're running up the stairs.
11. Act like the floor is lava
Jump from couch to couch or carpet to carpet. The floor is lava for God's sake!
12. See how long you can hold your breath
If you catch yourself sitting around with nothing to do, see how long you can hold your breath. A German freediver holds the record at 22 minutes and 22 seconds underwater. Pfffft, you can beat that.
13. Buy a coconut
Coconuts are interesting fruits. Hard exterior, soft interior. Kind of like you, man. How do you crack open a coconut? I don’t know exactly. (You’ll need a hammer or mallet, I assume?) But I’m sure it will be a messy process, and that’s okay because life is a messy process. My go to method is to wrap the coconut in a kitchen rag and smash it on the concrete outside - hard enough to crack the coconut but not spill its water.
14. Do NOT read Facebook comments
Facebook comments are a sea of uncertainty. Will you get bashed? Will your aunt comment something embarrassing on your photo? Will someone find a way to weave politics into a discussion? Probably. That's why we think the best thing to do is not read them. Shut your phone off. Become a hermit and live in a cabin in the woods. Just don't read Facebook comments.
15. Wear comfy undies
Did we say this one already? Doesn't matter, we can't emphasize this enough. WEAR COMFY UNDIES, it's most definitely the key to happiness. And I'm definitely not saying that because I'm blogging for an underwear company. I just love underwear that much.