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How to Have a Great Day: 5 Simple Steps for Daily Happiness!

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So you came here looking for more information on how to have a great day? Good on you! Let’s face it – in our 24/7 non-stop world of deadlines, accountability and stress, great days can be hard to come by!  But what if you could change that?

I’ve written about the topic of choosing happiness in the past and the importance of embracing different parts of ourselves.  A major message of this blog on Reaching Life Goals is to help you live your life to the fullest, using mindfulness as a conduit for change.

To build upon this theme, I am going to share with you 5 simple steps you can do each day to help make it great with the dual goal of building happiness into the dynamic.

Are you ready? Let’s jump right in!

1. Focus on gratitude early

Before you getting out of your bed, clear your mind the non-stop “to-do” list and spend 60 seconds focusing on what you are grateful for. Example: You woke up this morning, didn’t you? Guess what, not everyone else made it through the night! By focusing on basic things to be grateful for, you instantly help put yourself in a happy mood and repel negativity.

2. Choose happy foods

Part of having a great day is making healthy nutritional choices. One powerful approach is to choose your meals wisely and eat things that increase happiness.  Did you know that foods like apples, berries and oranges have been found to have mood boosting powers that happen to jack up levels of happiness? It’s true. Why not reach for something healthy right now?

3. Do something physical

This may seem like a silly point but physical activity has been scientifically proven to have a positive impact on mood while also acting as a powerful tool to increase happiness. You don’t have to hit the gym either to make this part of your daily ritual. Basic physical activities like stretching, walking or going for a bike ride can help to release powerful brain chemicals that are known to power up your happiness chip.

4. Schedule happiness

Yes, you read this right – schedule happiness!  In my experience, too many of us are focused on the needs and happiness of others that we forget to attend to our own self-care. Scheduling happiness for yourself can be as simple as taking a quiet walk around the block and focusing on gratitude or spending some time with your pet and observing mindful behavior.

5. Choose happiness

This final point may sound simple but that doesn’t mean it is easy. Choosing happiness means reaching deep inside and believing you are worthy of happiness. It means having confidence in your abilities and skills while accepting your limitations. It means identifying your triggers for stress in advance and choosing how you will respond. Choosing happiness means loving yourself for the person you are and turning off negative self-talk.

Final Thoughts

Hell yes you can have a great day. And you know what – you can have another great day tomorrow! Sure, things are going to come up that will derail you from time to time. That’s life. But with the right mental and emotional attitude, coupled with some tweaking on your part, great days can become part of your reality. Before you know it, you will be well on your way to a great week!

Wouldn’t that be fantastic?

Have a GREAT day – really!

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How to Have a Great Day: 5 Simple Steps for Daily Happiness!

John D. Moore, PhD

Described as folksy and down to earth, Dr. John Moore infuses current events and pop culture into his posts as a way of communicating wider points on issues related to wellness and goal attainment. His work has been featured in nationally syndicated media, including Cosmo, Men's Fitness and CBS Market Watch. He is a consultant to a number of Fortune 500 companies and institutions of Higher Learning. Dr. Moore is author of Confusing Love with Obsessionand Editor in Chief at: Guy Counseling.

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Moore, J. (2014). How to Have a Great Day: 5 Simple Steps for Daily Happiness!. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 21, 2020, from


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