Feel Happier Instantly

If I were to tell you some easy habits that are guaranteed to improve your happiness, overall health and closest relationships AND these habits would take less than 5 minutes a day, you'd wanna know right?

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Hey Happiness Explorer, I feel a bit like a 15 year old who has no control over her emotions again. With six weeks left till my due date, one minute I'm laughing and the next I'm crying my eyes out - it's quite funny really. So, when Alicia - said she wanted to share her tips for instantly feeling happier, I was like "yes, yes, yes!" sooooo need that right now. This is a banging blog if I don't say so myself. Treat yo'self to a little read this morning and then share it with your friend who needs some TLC.

Alicia Orre - Happiness Explorer Coach and Business Strategist extraordinaire

We know there is no quick fix for achieving lasting happiness (and if anyone told you otherwise you’d think they were lying) but if I were to tell you an easy habit that is guaranteed to improve your happiness levels, overall health and closest relationships you’d wanna know, right?

Even better, this habit takes less than 5 minutes a day, you can do it anytime, anywhere and with practice, you will feel the impact immediately.

I’m not kidding. This habit positively changed my life more than any other – I swear by it.

This quick fix is [drumroll]… a daily gratitude practice!

Studies show that a daily practice of gratitude can increase happiness levels by up to 25% – in just 3 weeks!

Plus, people who give thanks regularly experience the following benefits:

  • Reduced stress
  • Less depression
  • More resilience
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased energy
  • Stronger immune systems

…and are generally nicer people to be around (so say their friends).


My own daily gratitude practice started 5 years ago. Before then I was a miserable cow. I would consistently see the negative and expect the worst in every situation.

That was before I learnt about Dr Robert Emmons’ scientific studies on cultivating the powerful emotion of gratitude for self-improvement and better wellbeing.

This guy is a Professor of Psychology, author and leading authority on the psychology of gratitude. After reading about the benefits and speedy results, I was amazed (and, knowing the former me, probably quite suspicious) so I decided to give this simple habit a go. I mean, what could I lose?

Fast forward to today and being grateful is now a natural way of being. I still have to dig deep sometimes but my basic level of happiness is way higher than before. This means that when bad things happen I bounce back quicker and the negative impact on my mood is less. When the shit is hitting the fan I’m looking on the bright side.

How you can cultivate more happiness now

Write down 3 things you are grateful for

Do this each morning in a special gratitude journal or on your phone. It doesn’t matter where – what’s important is creating an easy habit.

Challenge yourself to keep going for at least 21 days straight

Scientific studies show that it takes this long to experience the benefits. You can do it!

Get creative, specific and detailed

These are the secret ingredients for greater impact. If your daily gratitudes regularly return to your cat, Tinder and Netflix try getting creative and adding why you appreciate them.

These prompts will help:

Who or what has made me smile today?

What’s good about what happened today?

How is my life better than it was yesterday?

Make it a social activity!

Spread the happiness and joy further by challenging your friends and family to join in on your daily gratitude habit. Share this blog on Facebook and include what you’re grateful for today.


I'm Lydia Kimmerling - The Happiness Explorer - and I help you to quit the happiness waiting game and break the cycle of saying "I'lll be happy when...", "I have more success", "I lose more weight", or "I get more Tinder matches", so that you stop outsourcing your happiness to the future and discover what it means to be truly happy and fulfilled, in the now.

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Lydia Kimmerling

Life Coach, Spiritual Teacher, Speaker, The Happiness Explorer

Hey, I'm Lydia Kimmerling I am MAD, CRAZY, PASSIONATE about helping you to create a life you're super excited to wake up to. Being happy...ish, inspired...ish and fulfilled...ish is never quite enough, is it? When you feel like there is "more" out there for you, it's because there is. A life where you can't remember the last time you worried, stressed or doubted yourself and your friends ask you "What's your secret?" because you GLOW, SPARKLE and SHINE. That can be you and I will show you how. I got my first television job at 17, ran my own restaurant in Panama at 22, taught Hip Hop in Cornwall at 26, was cabin crew for Virgin Atlantic at 28, coached CEO's on confidence at 29, then at 30 took the leap as a certified life & business coach with The International Coaching Federation to launch my very own transformational company called The Happiness Explorer. I am a master of change, so I can tell you that there is NEVER really anything to fear, but has it always been easy? NO! I have blocks, down days and self-doubt too, life doesn't stop throwing you curve balls, it's how you catch the ball and throw it back that changes. Plus, you never know until you try, right? At 32, I now know what the key is to waking up every single day excited about the life you live. It is to know yourself inside and out and to love every part of who you are.The more you know yourself, the more of you there is to love and the more you love yourself, the more you want to give yourself a life you love. The question is…What do you really want?