10 Proven and Tested Tips to Be Happy

10 Proven and Tested Tips to be Happy

Have you reflected on what emotions most of the times dominates you? Generally speaking, most people would love abundant happiness on their everyday lives. Many people want to possess that positive feeling, yet they always see happiness as an emotion which is very elusive. For this reason, I decided to write proven and tested tips for someone to discover what it is really to be happy.

Before the awaited wedding of my sister in the Philippines, my boyfriend and I visited Hongkong Disneyland, an awesome place for all ages. Lovely princesses, fearless knights, majestic castles, fantasies, and fairies. Name all those things that make you feel alive during your childhood days, and you’ll definitely see them all in Hongkong Disneyland. In addition to that, it is widely known as the happiest place on Earth. There is no single doubt about it as people of all ages had the fun of their lives going from one attraction to another.

This lead me to the realization that no matter how old one gets, there would always be the inner child longing for play and fun. Being in Disneyland opens a magical path for me to travel back to my childhood days.

Thinking about the fantastic trip to Disneyland, I came up with 10 simple ways on how we can invite happiness to dwell within each one of us.

1. Once in your life, travel

Whenever my playmates and I would hear the sound of an airplane, we would frantically point at the airplane flying around on the big and wide blue sky. Then, we would be guessing who were the people inside the airplane. Some of us had relatives abroad and each one would say that it was the aunt, the uncle, the cousin, or the grandparent who was one of the airplane’s passengers. I would listen to each one of them with enthusiasm and would silently dream that someday I could have wings to fly. This reminded me of Peter Pan and I wish I were Wendy. I just needed to think happy thoughts and voilà! I could fly.

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I was a playful kid even though most of the times I was shy. Every time I would see that there were gravel and sands/filling materials that resemble a hill, I would go over to its top. Then, I would stretch my arms like wings and ran down fast as if I was flying.

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When I became a teenager, my family took me to far places where there were sights of tall mountains, clear and blue bodies of waters, and a bunch of greeneries all around. I absolutely love it travelling by bus or train but I would love it more to travel by an airplane.

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God heard my prayer. My first airplane experience was when we competed for a national competition in Visayas Region. After a year, my boyfriend and I went on a trip to Singapore. Although travelling almost empties my pocket, it also enriches my life in some ways.  Going from one place to another offers a sense of adventure and wonders that reading travel mags or watching TV’s alone cannot fulfill. Just by looking at my travel photos, I feel happy and I will be always looking forward for more travel and more happiness.

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The railroad offers a great view of the various attractions in Disneyland.

Traveling changes perspectives which make someone a better person. It leads us to different cultures, beliefs, and languages that make us understand people on the other side of the world. When we travel, we also discover by our own selves that this world is not a scary place to live in as what the news programmed us to think

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2. Read a good book

Christmas is the time of the year when my parents would take me to my Godparents home. I would usually receive dolls and tiny cooking pots as gifts every year. I would accept the gifts with joy and thanks. However, not all dolls were meant to be played when I was a child. My parents would just prefer some of them displayed in our living room. I had many toys in the house but I did not enjoy playing those as much as I enjoyed reading a book.

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My love for reading gives me an edge to my other classmates. I continued that interest in reading up to high school and college. It has been a way of escapism for me. Through reading, I can explore the world of fantasies, get lost in space, trace the history, or learn some things in life that will be beneficial for me in the long run.

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3. Watch a movie

Disney movies are the types that I love watching the most even I am already a professional. I treasured those moments when my mom and I would simply take a break from doing household chores. Then, we would get some crackers and would watch Disney Cartoons together. My mom and I shared a hearty laughter when those Disney Characters do silly things. Those movies are beautifully crafted not only to entertain its viewers but also to leave lessons about love and friendships.

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I was elated having watched this stage play of the Lion King. Hakuna Matata is the best!

Watching Disney movies has been always an entertainment backed up with lessons. I love how those movies take us to a perfect world where good always win and evils are always defeated.

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4. Commune with Nature

One of the memories I would always cherish during my childhood days was those years when my parents would take me with them to our farm. I would be very excited as it would mean riding a canoe from our place to our farm. My parents paddled on the water and I had to sit quietly watching the trees and few houses from a distant while listening to the rush of the water.

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Being on our farm was like being in a relaxing place. The air was fresh and sweetened by the smell of the greenery. Our farmhouse which was built by my grandfather offers comfort after a long day work in the rice paddies. Walking on an embankment of the verdant rice field was a fun for me for there was no such thing like that when I was in the city.

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Tree-climbing was done with zeal even though I was most of the times got scolded for doing such. There was a deep well beside the tree that I climbed, but when I was a kid I did not focus much on consequences of my actions. The tree and I had a wonderful relationship. I felt like I found a best friend in the form of nature.

5. Develop a genuine interaction with people

I was not a hundred percent extrovert child. Most of the times, I would be inside our house helping my mom cleaning the house,  or I would be watching a TV, or reading a book. But when my mom would tell me we were going to my grandparents’ house, I would jump with joy. My cousins were there and it would mean that I could play with them.  We would sometimes play hide and seek or chit-chat about their pets or their gardens. Being with others definitely made me a happy person. With my cousins, I felt the added joy of childhood years.Revisiting Ways To Be Happy through Travelling Back to Childhood Days in Hongkong Disneyland

The well-known cliché “No man is an island”  is proven true. Each of us is a part of a grand design created by our lovingly Father above. It is indeed amazing how our life becomes connected to others. Our story most of the times are intertwined to the story of other people be it intentional or incidental. From that, our life suddenly becomes more meaningful. We cannot exist in this life on our own. Our parents are our first best friends, followed by our siblings, cousins, and all people around us. Definitely, no man can live alone. Even the most independent and strongest person on this planet needs someone.

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6. Appreciate small things

I love when it is sunny as well as when it is rainy. Every time a raindrop would fall, the kiddie version of me would persistently ask my parents if I could play in the rain. Once permitted, I would rush to our downspout and let myself get drenched. I saw our downspout as our shower for we did not have it in our bathroom. My parents said only the rich owned a shower.

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We also had a wide backyard that time and I would usually found my simple joy splashing in puddles with my small feet and be reaching out to catch the falling drops. There were times that I would bring out the paper boat that I made and run them to the water. Sometimes, I would play with other kids on the street by chasing them or letting myself be chased. Whenever it rains, I was the happiest.

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When we were kids, we were keen on many things no matter how small it was. It was easy for us to laugh, to smile, or to make peace with other people. Life becomes lovelier when we set our mindset in gratitude and positivity. Putting our attention on what we have and being thankful for it goes a long way. It has been said that what we think, we attract. Focusing on the blessings and not complaining about things that did not go according to our plans is a good way to throw away the negativities.

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7. Forgive and Forget

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It took days that I did not talk to my brother because of a misunderstanding. My mom talked and explained to me about forgiving. Keeping pride is something that is comparable to cancer that destroys one’s body. It would make us sick and would torture us inside and out. So if we want our loads to get light, we should despise pride and open ourselves to forgiveness.

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As people gets older, life becomes more complicated. The older one goes, the more difficult it is to let go. But we have to realize that we can only attain peace and happiness once we moved on from the past, forget all the hurts, and treasure each moment given to us to live. Easier said than done, but nothing is impossible if we try it.

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Steven: Twist the knob and the characters will dance. 🙂

8. Take Challenges

It was difficult to perform in front of my classmates but my groupmates would always encourage me. With a constant push, I found myself already standing in front and doing what I supposed to do.

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I guess that I would never enjoy the life that I have now if I did not take challenges that were given to me from my past. I had been always afraid to take challenges. On the other hand, there have been always people who push me to give it a try. They have been my family, friends, special someone, colleagues and sometimes even just an acquaintance.

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9. Learn a new skill

When the sweet soothing sound of the organ filled our house,  I knew exactly who was playing. It would always be my brother. Then, I would stop whatever I was doing and I would watch him played the organ. My mom noticed my enthusiasm so she asked my brother to teach me how to play the keys. After many weeks of practicing, I was able to play “Lift Up Your Hands to God” by Basil Valdez. My parents would be very proud of me for being able to play the organ and at times, my mom would sing along. It would give me a bubbly feeling inside because there was something new that I learned.

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We rode on a slow blue gondola through a dim grotto and this was what we saw.

Having quiet times helps me to organize my thoughts.  I love learning new skills. It keeps me from thinking about things which are not worth thinking of. Making myself busy and productive brings in complete satisfaction.

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We saw miniature windmills and flowers, swaying people from different nations while a song “It’s a Small World” was playing as a background.

10. Stop comparing yourself with other people

I experienced being compared to my classmates, cousins, and friends since I was a kid. There seems to be an endless list of things which have become the basis whether a person is good or doing well or not. I struggled with it for many years and it has been one of the major causes of frustrations for me.

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Through constant reading, I have realized that it should be stopped. Nothing good will happen if we will keep on comparing ourselves to someone else. It will just be the cause of jealousy or animosity. We have our differences that make us unique. No one is perfect and accepting our being and appreciating what God gave to us, and improving the skills and talents that we have already are keys to having inner peace within ourselves.

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Just like the Disney stories that we read or watched before, I bet that all of us want to have a happy ending story. We cannot go back to childhood days when life was simple and easy but we can focus on the present and enjoy the life that we have now. There are two reasons some people live in miseries and it is either they cannot move on from the bad events of the past or they are too worried about the future.

10 proven and tested tips to be happy

 

 

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Ana Rose Alvaro

Ana Rose was born and raised in the Philippines. A full-time teacher and a part-time student. She loves her simple and yet adventurous life with her wonderful family, great friends, and supportive boyfriend. Roads and Pages serves as her outlet to share what she loves to do the most in her life. Those are spending time with people who matter the most, reading books, and traveling one country at a time.

72 comments

  1. All very good points and suggestions. I was born into travel, I left England and moved to Singapore with my parents before I was two. I’ve lived in seven countries which is far different than being a traveller. But either one is always good for the soul. On that note, I’m going to take a bit more advice from this post and go out in nature right now 🙂

  2. Such a very insightful post! And I totally agree with your points — especially the travel part 😉 All in all, I think it also just really boils down to perspective. 😉

  3. I’m loving all of your tips! Especially great during these winter months when I can start to feel blue. There are a few I try to practice everyday .. like getting out in nature and not comparing myself to other people. Thank-you for your post .. it made me smile

  4. I skupped Disneyland Hong Kong when I was in that part of the world last year but now I wish I didn’t. I think seeing Mickey and Minnie would really make me happy.

  5. Great tips. Forgive is so important to keep a happy life. Looks like Disney in Hong Kong looks much like Disney here in Central Florida. Always a happy place to go.

  6. I love traveling, it brings me so much joy!<3 so does connecting with nature and appreciating the small things in life. and when you combine those, it will definitely make you happy 🙂

  7. #7 is not easy but time heals and just want to add FACE YOUR FEAR, haha because it let’s you come out of your comfort zone and achieve real happiness. Hong Kong Disneyland is such a happy place.

  8. Yes, travelling has a way of making us happy. When I travel, I get a sense of relaxation and comfort. Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive. A simple trip out of town is perfect especially if it’s somewhere you can take in the beauty of nature. And yes, watching good movies too makes me happier, sometimes I finish a film with a new perspective in life. 🙂

  9. I love your tips and photos! They all are so full of positive energy and happiness. 🙂 For me traveling without rush, spending time with my fiancé and exercising are things that keep me happy. When I was younger I also used to read a lot, I wish I’d still have time to do so.

  10. I would like to think that I do all of these things, that is why I consider myself a happy person. Number 10 is really so important. We have to be content with what we have. We should count our blessings everyday instead of dwelling on the negatives.

  11. i totally agree with pointers 6, 7 and 10! And especially so for 10! somehow it has been the norm (socially cultivated or were we born with this competitive streak in us?) for us to compare ourselves to people around us and this rat race has taken away so much happiness in our lives. And frankly speaking, I think the first step to really start on pointer 10 is to quit our social media addiction.

  12. Seeing your photos in Disneyland made me forget my problems for a few moments. What if I actually visited Disneyland myself, I’ll totally forget all of my problems.

  13. Such beautiful post! I agree, the moment we start appreciating the smaller & simpler things in life, we’ll end up being much happier than we are now! Its something like getting back to childhood when things as simple as chasing a butterfly gives us the utmost happiness!!!

  14. 11. Volunteer!!
    I have found that volunteering has helped me cope through some very dark days. Helping others is so rewarding for you and the people you are helping. It retains your humanity and reinforces just how valued you and your neighbors can be in this world. This was a great entry!!

  15. Love this post. Definitely need to work on some of these. Especially number 10 hehe. Andddd reading more books is actually on my bucketlist for 2017 hehe.

  16. Reading your post has opened several thoughts in me. This morning, I saw a picture of two baby white tigers in a playful mood in the Delhi zoo. The child in me got excited and I immediately called by daughter to look at the picture. I am now thinking of taking my younger kid to the zoo this Saturday- the elder kid is deep into studies.
    I could not agree more with you on FORGIVE AND FORGET. But, it is very very difficult to practice. Over a period of time,the child in ourselves falls silent, and our adult selves are taken over by the emotions of ego and haughtiness. Thanks for pointing out that being a child at all times is essential.

  17. My take home from this post is try to learn new skills, you’re blessed that you have your brother to teach you, and congratulations for playing the organ already, yes it’s really now good to compare ourselves to other people it will just make you feel down instead use that as inspiration and last is forgive and forget, It’s really a relief that even though it’s hard but it’s doable, it’s a stress reliever

    1. Thank you Cykaniki. Appreciating what we have such as our family, our job, and all simple things work for me. I love practicing being grateful to everything in my life. It really gives me a good perspective about life.

  18. Childhood days would always remain the best. Carefree and enjoyable. I can see how reliving those moments again can bring so much joy. My kid was here watching the Disneyland video and he’s just loved the fireworks and lights. And guess what… he wants me to book the tickets right away 😀

  19. This is a very timely post since we’re going to visit Hongkong Disneyland this June. I was happy to see Chip and Dale. I actually got my name from that show. The lady chipmunk was actually named Clarice.

    After reading this, I just got more excited with our upcoming trip.

    1. Hi Clarice! Thanks for stopping by. We visited Hongkong during the first week of June. There were occasional rains so do not forget to bring an umbrella. 🙂

  20. What a lovely premise you got there. I agree with everything that you said and i admire how you were able to incorporate those inspiring words to your photographs. Seeing Disneyland, i remembered my disappointment when we were not able to check out every corners of disneyland during our visit. Glad i was able to have a peek of some of the attractions through your photos. I wish to be back and dream like a princess once again 🙂

  21. Wonderful post! If I would travel to Disneyland, I wouldn’t have thought of these things because I’d be all over the place lol. I am not a big fan of traveling but we make it a point to spend at least a week off from work visiting places. We work very demanding jobs so it’s good to be away sometimes. May I also add, stop thinking about what other people might think, just do what you love and do it well.

  22. Wow,I like how you write about the Disneyland in a different perspective, very well composed. Yes, truly that Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the happiest place on earth that everyone must visit. The last time I went there was truly fun and it brings back my childhood inner sense in almost every ways.

  23. Lol, you are quite obviously a Disney-inspired girl! Reading your blog post made me realize how much I am trying to introduce happiness to my kids by introducing what I loved as a child. And as I introduce them to my children I am reliving all those happy thoughts again. Great post, it really made me reflect. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  24. I love traveling. And I love revisiting old travel places, especially the ones that marked my childhood. It brings up so much memories. I also love Disney and from time to time my sister and I re-watch old movies and cartoons 🙂

  25. I have alwas been a disney baby! Although i’ve traveled to a few countries, i’ve never really stepped foot in any of the disneyland parks. I love your list! Thank you for sharing this!

  26. This post was just what I needed! I just bought a book for recreational reading for the first time in forever and I felt like a kid again so I can definitely relate. I loved how you used childhood experiences to bring the calm out!

  27. Great post! I think children can sometimes be wiser than adults, so it can be a good thing to unleash your inner child. I used to go to Disney World in Orlando all the time when I was younger. I’ll have to go back!

  28. That’s a very interesting list of things to do. I think my favourite would be traveling. I can spend a lifetime and just feel satisfied. Reading a good book is another great way of learning and it does make me happy.

  29. Aww I miss Disneyland! Great list! We all need a little of everything there for us to be better and happier individuals. Great idea to link it to the happiest place on earth! 🙂

  30. Thank you for sharing your precious childhood memories with us. I admire you for sharing this.

    I love your list and I agree about traveling. I have traveled only once outside the Philippines and I am planning to travel again soon. As for your last point, I agree that we should stop comparing ourselves with others. This robs us of happiness and only gives us pressure and desires not our own.

  31. Hi Ana! It’s nice reading your list of essential things in life. I especially love item number 7. In my 24 years of existence, I’ve learned and reaped the fruits of being able to forgive and forget and to let go of grudges in my heart. It gave me peace and pure joy in ways I can never fully explain. And as I am a momma now, I am also being humbled as I have observed my toddler’s behavior. That even if I shout at him sometimes because he’s being too hardheaded and short tempered which makes him cry, his tantrums and “tampo” will not be longer than 5 minutes. And when I say sorry to him and ask him to hug momma, he would do it with arms wide open. You see, kids forgive and forgets easily. And I think we, as adults, should do the same, too. 🙂 Anyway, your sharing is so wonderful. I just have post this on my Facebook page because this deserves to be shared and read. Happy Holidays! 🙂

  32. My wife always encourages me to let go of things. But it is difficult for me to to do this. For challenges, I am trying to better my running speed so that I am fir enough to take part in marathons successfully. And I do one thing to be happier- meditate. Do you meditate too?

        1. Yes, most of the times. I love to think and reflect on things. There are times when things go wrong and we keep on asking why such things happen. I think during those times, it is great to pause and reflect.

  33. Wow! HK Disneyland, I missed it so much from my travelling many years ago. Your photos shared here definitely recalled my travel memories 🙂 Love your 10 Ideas shared esp. learning a new skill. We need to continue enhancing ourself & keep learning to be a better person. Cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

  34. I am a Disneyland fan. I went to the one in Hongkong and in LA. I love your post and totally agree with you. Travel like you are a child, be innocent, be in awe, be curios and willing to learn. Travel as if you are seeing everything for the first time. Be open minded. At least, these are the things I am trying to do.

  35. Love your post. Yes, reliving childhood is good as mostly we would retain the good memories. At the same time, it is by looking back that we are able to move forward. So it is important to look back but not to dwell in the past. Without the baggage then I suppose the other tips you gave are easier to achieve.

  36. Childhood is one of the greatest memories there is in life. You really can’t move onto the next step if you didn’t go through your childhood. I may have missed some moments in my childhood but now, I make the most to do things that belonged to the childhood era. Disney is really for all ages!

  37. I love your thoughts shared here. It sure is that nothing beats childhood memories. Aside from those memories that molded us, there are so many things we can reflect from it too including how we shouldn’t be struggling with life today. Things like that wanting me to go back to being young again.

  38. Childhood memories are the best memories we would have. I used to play with my friends back home but when I turned 12, it was different. Cousins are your next best friends as well. It’s always nice to go back to childhood. If only time could turn backwards, I’d like to go back to the time I was a kid.

  39. This is not called the happiest place on earth for no reason! I sure would love to bring my son to this wonderful place one day. He is a huge fan of Disney and I am sure he will absolutely enjoy seeing all his favorite characters come to life in this wonderful magical place.

    I agree, it is always an awesome experience to travel, even when it is not that easy on the pocket! 🙂

  40. I think everyone dreams to be able to go to Disneyland. Be it kids or adults. Well, at least for me. I am the type of person who lives in the moment. I also say, move on from the past and don’t worry about the future!

    1. Thank you for liking my article. Sure, you may share it. 🙂
      I am still new in blogging. I also wonder why I don’t have a reblog button on my site. I am trying to figure out how can I also have that button. Thank you very much.

      1. Hi Rose, How are you? Thanks for the reply. It’s in the Configure Sharing button setting, you can choose if you want to give permission for sharing or reblogging.
        This is like sharing for any social media. It is the same thing with WordPress. 🙂

        1. Thanks! I visited it yesterday but I did not see any options for reblog. Anyway, I am trying to do some changes in my blog. I do not know much about WordPress so it takes long on my end to figure things out in here.

  41. I used to play on gravel too when I was a kid hahaha… There were always some construction going on in our neighborhood at that time so I would always go to the sand and gravel with the other kids and play all day. Those were days.

    I haven’t been to Disneyland, to be honest, I have never really dreamed about going there. But if there’s a chance to go, I’d take it. Besides, they wouldn’t call it as the happiest place if it isn’t so.

  42. I’ve never visited DIsneyland. But it’s still on my list. I love the 10 ideas. Watching a movie is always nice. It just takes you to another world. Yesterday I went to see the new Star Wars movie. Appreciating small things is so important! If you focus on that, there’s so much to make us happy. Learning new skills is definitely something I love!

  43. I gotta say that this is one awesome article you have. I love all the advise and tips. It is true that being a child reminds us how to appreciate the beauty around us.

  44. Starting the new year off with this list! I love your suggestions especially those focused on personal growth. Our childhood and past longings carry a lot of weight. It’s nice to reminisce and continue to be inspired with those notions.

    1. I like reading your very matured thoughts! Indeed there are several ways to be happy. And travel is just one of them. Reading figures next in my list and then music. Other points you mentioned too are worthwhile.

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