17 Ways To Make Yourself Happier Right Now


I haven’t learnt all that much in my 25 years. I’ve learnt never to double text a boy, to never have a wild night out without eating carbs first (that time I ate one Muller Corner before a bottle of wine taught me a heck of a lot), and how to make digital content go viral, kind of.

But aside all that, mostly I’ve learnt how to be happy. How to make every day a bit sunnier. How to pick myself up from one of those bad moods that comes out of nowhere, is about nothing, and feels as though it’ll never disappear. So yeah, here’s a list of happiness. A list to bookmark or print off and put somewhere ready for one of those hideous grey moods that is all consuming and overwhelming.

1. Switch off social media. Hide your phone in a drawer. Turn it off. There’s nothing that makes you feel like you’ve wasted an hour or a day more than refreshing Facebook and Instagram every twenty seconds. And you know what? It makes you honestly believe everyone else is in a better place in their lives than you, so put it away. Put it far away from your eyes and your over-thinking brain.

2. Buy flowers. Pretty, bright flowers. You can get Β£1 daffodils from Sainsbury’s, carnations for Β£2.50 and tulips for Β£3. They’ll last a week and they’ll make you feel like a grown-up with a Pinterest-worthy house and that will make you smile.

3. If you live near the sea (say within half an hour of it) then go there. Drive there in your trackies and hoodie and oversized scarf and just watch. The sea is enchanting and it clears your mind in a way nothing else can. It’s soothed me through many emotional turmoils before, and I often forget just how bloody powerful on the mind it can be.

4. Play Theme Hospital. Or The Sims. Or any other game you love. As adults we believe it’s wrong to spend any spare time doing something that doesn’t make us more successful and productive in life. But it’s OK to just do something because it makes you happy. So take a trip to cEX or find your fave noughties game on Amazon, because why the hell not?

5. Go to a really big supermarket and buy one of them giant frozen Yorkshire puddings. Then make (or buy) mash, sausages, peas and onion gravy. If ever there was an actual meal that felt like the biggest, warm, safest hug, it’s this.

6. Late-ish in the evening? Just go to bed. Forget about all the things you haven’t got round to doing and the fact that it’s ‘wrong’ to go to bed before 9pm. Sometimes I can wake up feeling like a new person just because I had a good dream or it was sunny when I woke up or I HAVE NO IDEA WHY, but sleeping off sadness just works.

7. Take yourself off on your own to a coffee shop with a book or a notebook. I do this once a week and have no shame in ordering a giant cappuccino and just sitting on my own reflecting on how dreamy and wonderful life is – it gives me perspective when I’m not sitting surrounded by ironing piles and washing up and general mess and I instantly feel much prouder and contenter at where I am in life.

8. Harry Potter. Read it or watch it, either way sometimes your own life can just be so darn overwhelming that you just need to escape being you and escape real life just for an hour or two – this, or LOTR or Disney is the answer.

9. Exercise. Yeah, OK, every fucking person says exercise makes you happier because of endorphins but I HATE exercise – you know what I don’t hate? Pilates. You don’t get sweaty, weezy or feel embarrassed. You just lie there trying to tense your belly whilst listening to soothing music and you come out of a session feeling like you could skip and CONQUER THE WORLD.

10. Book a trip. It could be some extravagant fortnight away in the Maldives (LOL if you can afford that), it could be a weekend somewhere that your credit card CAN allow like Rome or Budapest or it can be a night away staying at your best friend’s flat 100 miles away. Having things to look forward to makes my world go round.

11. Take a shower, blow dry your hair, put on clothes which are comfy yet don’t make you want to punch yourself in the face and spend an extra 10 minutes on your make-up. Feeling comfortable and fresh and clean always makes you feel like tackling the day isn’t so painfully aggressive and, sad as it may sound to some, I always feel just a little bit cheerier when I look in the mirror and don’t feel physically horrified by my appearance.

12. Go to the postcard section of Paperchase. Bulk buy. Stick them up on your walls. You cannot help but feel a whole lot sunnier on the inside with these super cheap, super pretty, motivational slogans. (P.S. they don’t sell them online, so you’ll have to get yourself some fresh air, sigh)

13. Run a hot bath, put something bubbly and ridiculously sexy smelling in it from Lush, light a candle (or 5 if you have plenty) and turn off the lights. I like to listen to Classic FM on a low volume and leave my phone in a different room. It’s dreamy, it’s relaxing and it totally soothes my crying headache (what the flip are those monsters?) plus, my chose of music makes me feel much more middle-class than I am.

14. Let yourself order a takeaway without fretting and panicking over the carbs. Some days you do just need a takeaway, you do. And that’s totally OK. I ordered a Dominos at the weekend – was it cheat day? Nope. Have I gained any weight? Nope.

15. Buy something new that makes your insides feel full of magic and sparkles and happiness. Instead of clothes, try something that won’t get old as easily – a cute monogrammed mug, a notebook that just gets you, an Etsy print that’ll make you smile every single day or just a really bloody cosy pair of Primark slipper socks.

16. Buy a big chocolate bar, put on fresh pyjamas and matching socks and get cosy on the sofa with a cup of tea and a blanket – ain’t nothing wrong with making yourself feel like a happy little foetus still in the womb.

17. Write your emotions out of you. Get a notebook and a good, non-smudgy pen and get writing. Sometimes just forming sentences for a few minutes helps me realise what I’m actually upset or angry about it and it feels so good to get it out of my system. It also feels bloody incredible to be able to read back on your lowest points in a few months time – you’ll be so incredibly proud and overwhelmed by your own ability to grow stronger and move on from things.


  • jayem

    Perfection. Absolute perfection in a post. πŸ™‚

  • Was having a bad day yesterday- my answer? A little sob, pj’s, tv in bed by 7 and a pack of doughnuts. Writing it down it sounds quite depressing but by about 10 that night I already felt much better!

  • Perfect list, Hannah!

    I love having flowers around the house! Oh and don’t get me started on Paperchase postcards, I have SO MANY! I’m gutted they don’t have one in HK. Oh and I’m totally craving a bath too…sounds so dreamy right now xxx

  • mother

    Dear Han,
    Life is a learning curve…I always said never end up mind head ” l will not be like my mother!”.

    1) Be independent
    2)Never make the same mistakes as ” your mother”
    3) Achieve ambition
    4)Find love
    5) Make sure your children have a better future
    6)post war families.,
    7)Achieve a standard…don’t look at the ” Jones next door”
    8)Happiness is within
    9)Still your mother, and I love you xxxx

  • No 16 is my favourite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon… it makes me feel calm before another week of chaos!

    Definitely gonna try the Yorkshire pudding thing, cause CARBS.


  • Zoe

    Ah so agree!! Life is so much easier when you stop fighting with yourself to do everything. Had a really rubbish January so I decided that I wasn’t going to force myself to the gym and if all I wanted to eat was Chinese/mcdonalds then that was fine. Haven’t put on any weight and feel SO much better now about starting back gym/classes

  • Ashley

    Love this list! Totally agree with the flowers and takeaway especially.
    I was feeling crappy last night so went straight to Asda from work, got a massive pizza, bottle of wine, Cadbury’s Mini Eggs and a Take a Break puzzle book. Perfect!

  • Lex

    This plus your ’17 things every girls needs to remember at all times’ should be mandatory reading for every 20-something.

  • Kerry C Ward

    Thank you… my weekend is sorted. x

  • I completely agree with all of these. I like listening to Zero 7 for my candlelit bubble bath.

    Might drop by Sainsburys on the way home for some much needed flowers.

    Debbie x http://www.hellodeborah.co.uk

  • Caroline

    Utter perfection.

    Hit the nail on the head with this list missus!


  • I love this, thank you! I feel happier just reading it, let alone actually doing any of the activities you’ve mentioned!
    Hannah x

  • Jenni Kiddle

    I am so fed up of ‘feel better’ posts that are simply drink a green juice, go for a 3 hour run and think about sunshine and smiles. NO. this right here is the reality of what makes us feel better.
    Great list, Hannah – you wonderful human being.

  • Completely agree with you!!! <3


  • Sian

    Hannah, I’ve been reading your blog religiously for a while now, and I freaking love it!!
    But this post especially has really really spoken to me. I’m currently going through a difficult messy break up and this post has reminded me that even though we still have to live with each other for a while (Urgh!!), there are things that I can do to help myself get over the pain of being left…
    So thankyou so much, and I just wanted to say you’d made such a difference to my day.. X

  • Rhiannon

    Ahhhh. Hannah Gale. I only came across your blogs yesterday (though I had seen your viral blog about the noughties a couple of months back) and so glad I did – your blogs just seem to ‘get me’! I was having an absolute rubbish day yesterday (even though I had booked the day off work – what is THAT?!) and did many of the things you suggested: stayed a bit longer in PJs, watched some Girls (Lena Dunham – what a ledge!), went for an impromptu mani, took myself off for a coffee and doughnut whilst reading some more of your blogs and came home and rewarded my shocker of a bad mood with a Dominos. And do you know what? Turns out, the day was bloody brilliant and I’d love to live it again (today prefs – not so keen on being back in work). Keep up the amazing work; if you aren’t making me smile then you’re making me make a snorting with laughter noise as I carefully reduce the size of the window to read your blogs during the working day.

  • Lovely list, Hannah! I get what you say about Harry Potter hahaha I reread four of the books this last summer ’cause I was feeling that I needed my childish imagination to come back to me!
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and, though this is the first time I comment, I really enjoy every one of your posts! You are funny inspiring and those habilities you have really make some of my grey days better!
    Kisses from Spain!
    Maria πŸ™‚

  • Hi Hannah! I found your blog on Bloglovin a while ago, You’ve fast become my favourite blog to read! I just wanted to say thank you for your posts, they put a smile on my face every time I read and I do read every post. Some of them I read more than once! πŸ™‚

    ARW xx

  • I will be bookmarking this post and revisiting it when I need a boost!
    I am currently undergoing treatment for an ED and finding the day to day daunting and over whelming. I also get frustrated with myself easily, but I think abiding by some of these rules may help me to overcome the monsters and get back to being me!
    Thanks for contributing to my recovery with your wonderful posts!



  • Lily

    In the midst of a why-am-I-so-sad-for-no-reason kind of mood and this has made me feel so much better! Keep doing what you’re doing, your posts are so great! Off to make ALL the food I possibly can and snuggle up in bed watching Harry Potter x

  • Rosie

    I found your blog last week and I’ve been reading it obsessively!! I love this list, its so perfect and its already made me happy! I’m going to write these out and pin them up on my wall. The Yorkshire pudding one I need to do!

  • Sarah

    “put on clothes which are comfy yet don’t make you want to punch yourself in the face” – I proper laughed out loud in my office at that. It’s so true!! Excellent post Hannah! You have a great understanding of what makes us women tick and you can really put it into words so well πŸ™‚

  • Jodie

    Hey Hannah

    We’ve never met, and i’ve never commented before, but i follow your blogs religiously, and this one made me nod, and smile and realise i’m not on my own!! And sometimes, that’s just what we need. So, thank you!

    Much love to you, and hope you’re well!!

    Thanks xxxx

  • Love this. Just reading it makes me smile.

  • Hollie

    I read your blog several times a week and really enjoy the variety!

    This list is so lovely, I’m going through a very difficult time in my life at the moment and your list has made me smile! Definitely will be doing a few of these things (some I already do).

    Thanks Hannah! Xxx

  • Sophie Lakes

    I’ve been really stressed lately about trying to find a new job… I spent 4 hours last night playing the Sims. Not even sorry.

    • hannahgale9

      This made me laugh. YOLO. Which version of The Sims? I’m tempted to get stuck into that badboy again.

  • Fantastic list πŸ™‚ and I really enjoyed the warmth that came through, it sounds like you’re in a good place right now!

  • Love this post SO much! Just what I needed to read today. Particularly the one about playing Theme Hospital. What a game! x

  • Lowri

    Really enjoyed this.

  • Jen

    I’ve just stumbled across this site and I Friggin’ love your blogs already. I spent most of this thinking ‘Oh my God, this is me!’ and giggling away. There is real power in sharing this stuff.
    You, lady, are my kinda girl!

    (FYI: You know when you see someone or read a post and think PLEASE BE MY FRIEND? Yeah that.) πŸ˜‰

  • Yes to everything, but especially the ocean and pilates! Absolutely hate exercise, but pilates has magical powers that just makes everything better. And a day spent at the ocean has never made me feel anything other than amazingly content.

  • I love the dominos and chocolate points. Makes me feel a tad better about how my Wednesday evening has just gone. #bloated


  • Chocolate. Bath. Sims. Flowers. That’ll do for me! πŸ˜€ Great tips!


  • Mim

    I love love love this!! All so true!!

  • Hannah

    Just binged on chocolate granola, waddled into bed, read this, and decided my ED thoughts won’t get the better of me this time. Thanks for the inspiration Hannah! x

  • I adore this list! Totally something more people should stick too – and I know that the sims can cheer me up in a heartbeat! (Also, I agree. What are these headache monsters?!?!)

  • Number 17 is definitely my favourite! When I’m feeling crappy, nothing makes me feel as good as just writing it all out. Now, when I look back at stuff I wrote 2 years ago, I just laugh. It’s crazy to think about how that thing is almost insignificant now but made you feel awful at the time.

  • Saving this link for my friends whenever they’re having a low day! These are such helpful little tips. I live near the beach and I find sitting along the shore in my car with a good coffee and nice music (perhaps Asgeir) does wanders. Great post lovely! x

  • Flic

    Hannah this is amazing!

    I’ve printed this off and tucked it in my diary for emergency days. This list is so refreshing and unique and actually something I can relate to.
    Keep up the great work – reading your posts make my day ! xxx

    ps. buying a bag of chocolate and eating it in bed watching One Born Every Minute is definitely my go to fix!

  • Absolutely loved this post. I’ve been suffering from the winter blues on and off over the past couple of weeks, and I can totally relate to these suggestions (especially cozying up like a fetus in the womb–ha!–preferably with a tub of ice cream). Something that also helped me: a good Skype session with one of my best friends back home.

  • this is such a great post, very enjoyable read. I’m definitely going to be trying some of these when I’m feeling down or stressed out.

    Tabitha / amour-tabitha.blogspot.co.uk

  • This is such a lovely little post! Has cheered my day right up πŸ™‚ xxx

  • Great tips. I particularly liked the sea one.


  • Okay, after reading this post I’m going to go and buy myself some flowers. You are so right, life’s too short to be bothered about little things! Thanks for the motivation. I hope you have a great day πŸ™‚

    Ayesha ️xxx

  • Abi Street

    This was such a great post Hannah!!! Xx

    Abi | abistreetx.blogspot.co.uk

  • LOVE this list and the sentiment. Fab post xx

  • I needed this so much, thank you for your lovely advice πŸ™‚ life can really suck sometimes and this post seriously helped me more than you know! Mollie x (molliemanning.co.uk)

  • Hey!

    I read this post this morning but didn’t have time to comment and I just really want to say a big thank you!! This week I have been feeling pretty crap and down in the dumps and this post has really helped me realise things I can do to perk up every week..so thank you m’love!

    Samantha xo

  • i have had such a bad week so far, my beloved best friend family pet Poppy passed away unexpectedly and I’ve just spent the past 24 hours with a heavy heart. This helped lift my spirits. Thank you ❀️

  • So motivating, thank you x


  • Adored reading this post. So true about spending 30mins alone with a jug of coffee.
    Also, my mobile has been broken this past week and its surprising how much shit Ive actually got done without checking Instagram every 12 seconds!

    Great post, one to save as a little reminder to ones self πŸ™‚

    Gemma littleroosrainbow.co.uk xx

  • I just had a truly awful day, that seems to be going on forever, I absolutely love this list – so many things that seem minor, but I know they all make me feel so much better. Fab post!!

  • Great post! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚
    x Rita

  • Michelle

    It was like looking back on time reading your post. I guess the only thing I would add is to not worry about indulging in quotes and self help books full of optimism. I very much lived my 20s and even the best part of my 30s following those rules. My favourite studying a language overseas on an intensive course. I fell in love with Italy and Ecuador. Beautiful memories.

    Now married, in my mid-40s with two young children I’d be lucky to get a decent night sleep. Friends and support groups and invaluable.

    Keep being happy

  • Fab list!! I especially agree with No. 1 – I took the FB app off my phone a few weeks ago and it was the best thing I did!! #TheList

  • Ah I love this post! Too often we forget to look after ourselves! I live a 5 minute walk from the beach yet I never go when I’m stressed – I just sit and stew instead so I’ll be going to the beach a lot more! Thankyou for such a great post <3


  • Fuck yes, This is my favourite thing ever. This all sounds bloody perfect.

  • iΒ΄m on vacation at the beach right now, donΒ΄t know how i came across here, but you are so damn right!! Staring at the sea is an excelent way to relax

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  • LOVE this post so much, I keep on coming back to it! Your lists are the one. I made my own little happiness list over on my blog too! It can be so easy to forget how simple it is to make yourself happy! It’s as easy as Dairy Milk. Ix


  • Gorgeous post πŸ™‚ I’ve been having one of those days where you feel sad and you’re not quite sure why, but you’ve given me some great cheering up ideas πŸ™‚ Think it’ll be an evening in with Harry Potter for me tonight!
    Lots of love, Laurel xxx

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  • Tanya

    This is an amazing post. It’s so refreshing and it makes me happy. I will certainly have to re-visit this post again and hopefully try some of these tips out!


  • Awesome list of ways to be happier – i’m ticking them off one by one!!

  • I needed this today. Thank you so much for posting, this has helped bring me out of my funk.

    Hannah xx


  • Emma

    This post is brilliant! It should be a happy week for me, moved out of my parents home into a flat with my boyfriend, I’ve got 10 days off work, and it was my birthday yesterday…. Yet I’m tearful as hell as yest my body decided to curse me with cystitis, my period (have pcos so normally go months without), and some sort of stomach bug…. Lush πŸ˜” Can’t even have a bath as we need a new boiler! And worst of all… I can’t drink my bottle of prosecco I have chilling in the fridge! Your posts always make me smile and now I have my own home I can hunt down all your sexy homeware buys! Basic blogger bitch style is definitely where it’s at! 😍❀️

  • Hannah, I’ve just had your blog recommended to me, though I was a little sceptical at first, you know being ancient and 32.
    But I just wanted to say thank you for this post. It was needed today. There’s always time for Harry Potter. Though Pilates makes me feel like I look constipated while getting my belly to meet my bum. So tweaking to yoga.

  • This just made me want to go hunting in the attic and find my old theme hospital game!! Love it.

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