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The Key to Happiness – 5 Easy Steps to Being Happy Every Day

Happy International Day of Happiness! People all over the world will be celebrating in some wild and wonderful ways! Join us and join others in wonderful events being held. But first….lets talk about the easy key to happiness, because there is one.

Why do we need to celebrate happiness? What’s the deal with the whole happiness thing anyway? With over 1 billion people around the world suffering from anxiety and depression – global happiness is a really big deal. Being “unhappy” is costing us our health, our sanity and our lives. So how do we go from anxiety and depression to happy? What’s the big secret – the magic “key” that people all over the world are looking for every day?

Have you ever said this to yourself?   I Will Be Happy When……

  • I have more money. (I am rich!)
  • I have a” love” relationship.
  • I have a better job.
  • I have more friends.
  • I have more followers and likes on social media.
  • I am famous.

Here’s the Key… the secret to happiness…… it doesn’t come from any of those things. It may feel good for the moment but the feeling you get from outside influences is fleeting and changes based on the moment, the day – or until the next best thing comes along. The Key to Happiness is actually very simple because it’s all about YOU! It’s subjective (meaning happiness is different for everyone) and it takes practice. Everyday.

5 Easy Steps to Happiness

Key to Happiness

Here are 5 easy steps to bring happiness into your life every day. We like to think of these steps as putting happiness into action. Our brains and bodies are hardwired to be happy. You just have to tap into the perfect recipe that works for you.


Start your day with gratitude every day. Before you pick up your phone, get on your computer even have the first sip of coffee (that is one of our most grateful moment of the day) find 3 things you are grateful for in your life. It starts your day feeling good for what you do have not worry about what you don’t

Give To Others

Obviously this one is our favourite and we know for sure it works. When you give – even something as simple as a smile to a stranger, picking up garbage or giving a meal to a person in  need you set off The Happiness Trifecta in your body. The perfect combination of oxytocin (love hormone), serotonin (happy hormone) and dopamine. ( reward center of the brain). Mix in a reduction of cortisol up to 23%  (stress hormone) and you are on your way to happy with every give.

Have Social Connections

We don’t mean social media likes! When we have real life connections to others (an animal like a pet) it reduces the feelings of loneness and created the feelings of having a tribe you know are always there for you. Finding your positive tribe can include family, friends and colleagues but they are the people that lift you up when you need it and celebrate all that life offers.

Build Purpose

Purpose can mean many things to many people. It can be associated with your work or like all of us at 365give a personal purpose – making a positive impact on the world around you, a sport you love or a musical instrument that makes your heart sing.

Be Active

If you body feels good you feel good. Eat good food, exercise (20 minutes a day will work!) quite you mind. Your mind just needs to be quiet sometimes. Give that brain a break from the “to do’s of life” and just be in tune with nature, a quiet favourite place, chill at the beach. Just let that inner chatter go!

International Day of Happiness Events – Get Involved

Here are some of the International Day of Happiness events and resources to participate in all over the world. It’s worth learning and practicing how to be happy every day. It will change your world!

  1.  Happiness Day  (UNIDOHappiness) – Complete the #TenStepsToGlobalHappiness challenge for the 2019.
  2. Day of Happiness – “Happier Together” campaign celebrates the importance of relationships, and togetherness, and how important it is rediscover our common humanity
  3. World Happiness Agora (March 18-22) – 5 days of virtual events, 5 major topics leading to happiness with over 30- live events.
  4. United Nations: A great resource for International Happiness Day.
  5. World Happiness Report – The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness.
  6. Global Happiness Policy Report – The Global Happiness Council is a report by expert working groups on happiness and good governance, and provides evidence and policy recommendations on best practices to promote happiness and wellbeing.

At 365give we have another event that you just might love. #Do1Give Day is a world wide day of giving held April 17 that spreads happiness globally. Last year over 10,000 gives were completed on event day. This year our Giving Goal is 100,000 gives. Sign up for #Do1Give Day and make yourself and others happier on April 17th.

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)