Happy people don’t think about happiness – they just live it! Here are three basic ways to let go, reach out to others, and simply experience life again – trusting that happiness will catch up with us wherever we go.

1. Go beyond. Move outside of your day and into someone else’s – find a friend who’s feeling up, and go with their flow. Or visit with someone who needs a lift, and raise your own heart by raising theirs.

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. – Mark Twain


2. Make strides. Be proactive, change your surroundings, and experience something new each day. Introduce yourself to strangers. Speak out. Create. Play. Dance. Laugh. Do anything but sit at home. Take chances – no risk, no reward!

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama


3. Settle down. Relax, and be a part of the world for a little while. Activity is good, but too much can overwhelm the mind. Find your balance, and be okay with taking a peaceful timeout every now and then.

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ­– Nathaniel Hawthorne


Happiness can be simple – we only make it complicated in our search for it. Be light, go with the flow, and let joy find you. Don’t think too much! Focus on living instead.