Get Happy (and Stay That Way)

We’re not happy all the time, that’s indisputable. But there is something to be said about a life filtered through rose-colored glasses. So for the times when you’ve lost sight of all the good stuff you have going, we collected our favorite feel-good remedies. They’re easy, (mostly) free, and will help you enjoy each day a little bit more. Sorry Debby Downers and Sunday Blues, you don’t stand a chance.  

Read on for the Byrdie editors’ guide to contentment.

1. Blast music and sing at the top of your lungs.

“Back when I had a car—and now when I go upstate and drive around—I love blasting music and singing at the top of my lungs. I've definitely had people look at me before, but I'm just like, Whatevs, enjoy my free concert.  When I'm in the city, I'll put on my favorite Pandora station and sing along in my apartment (which I'm sure my neighbors love).” —Lindsey Metrus, Associate Editor

2. Allow yourself to indulge.

“I treat myself to some really good food, whether that be an energizing smoothie full of fresh fruit, a nice dinner out with a friend, or something as simple as a mini cupcake from the vegan bakery down the street. Knowing I've put something delicious and healthy into my body not only makes me feel physically uplifted, it also makes me feel like I'm being nice to myself, which is a total mood booster.” —Amanda Montell, Associate Features Editor

3. Start a dream journal.

“I like to remind everyone that you don't have to be remotely into anything New Age to benefit from this simple exercise. As we  , dreams can tell us so much about ourselves psychologically and really challenge us to think about deeper things going on in our lives that we might not have been aware of in the first place. Whenever I'm trying to make a big decision and rationally feel at an impasse, it is immensely helpful to look to my dreams to get a more conclusive idea of what my gut is feeling. It sounds nuts, but it seriously works.” —Victoria Hoff, Associate Editor