That is so easy to say but at some points in life, it’s not possible — or at least not easy — to feel happy. However, even at those times it is possible to feel happier. By taking whatever steps you can manage to give yourself a happiness boost, you give yourself a deeper reservoir to deal with your happiness challenge. Here are some strategies to consider:

Remind yourself of reasons to be grateful.

When things look really dark, it’s hard to feel grateful, but remembering what’s good in your life – this can help put problems into perspective.

Do something fun.

Temporarily distract yourself from the stress, and re-charge your battery, with an enjoyable activity – funny movies work well, or listen to your favourite music and wander down memory lane to a happy event in you past.

Look for meaning.

Re-frame an event to see the positive along with the negative. You don’t need to be thankful that something bad has happened, but you can try to find positive consequences even in a catastrophic event.

Take action.

If you’re in a bad situation, take steps to bring about change. Ask yourself, “What exactly is the problem?” It’s astounding how often, when one takes time to identify a problem exactly, a possible solution presents itself.

Connect with friends and family.

Strong relationships are a KEY to happiness, so fight the impulse to isolate yourself. Show up. Make plans. Ask for help, offer your help to others. Or just have some fun and forget your troubles for a while.