8 Daily Happiness Rituals


Happiness is the joy

 we feel while striving

 for our potential




You naturally have a baseline of happiness but you can move the meter fairly far on your own.

Try any of the happiness boosters below. Create a routine or ritual around these.


  1. Smile and say hello to as many people in a day as you can

  2. Each morning write down 3 new things you are grateful for

  3. Write in detail one meaningful experience you’ve had in the last 24 hours

  4. Send a thank you note or email every morning praising or thanking someone

  5. 15 minutes of fun cardio + 15 minutes of meditation, silent or led

  6. Choose something you’re looking forward to and write every detail

  7. Visualize what you’re looking forward to.  Your brain can’t tell the difference between your visions and reality.

  8. Random acts of kindness are happiness multipliers. You have so much power to share it. Do it.


    Remember this


  • The brain will always process negativity and noise before finding meaning.  To stay centered and present, keep them to a minimum.

  • Worry is literally just noise in the brain

  • Don’t think about whether you’re looking at life half full or half empty.  There is ALWAYS a pitcher of water and you can easily choose to refill.

  • Practice opposite patterning.  Example: If you’re worried something will be bad, repeat the mantra “All will be well”.

  • Decrease hypotheticals and avoid quantifying or validating your unhappiness.

By Allison Barnard ACC, CPC

Allison Barnard is a Certified Wellness Coach ( ICF), Interior Design Consultant, and owner of Larkspur Wellness.  She offers women's retreats, virtual interior design sessions, contract and contract-free coaching sessions, and online courses.  She regularly contributes to Larkspur's blog and resides in Bend, OR.