4 Simple Steps To A Happier Life!

Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 in Personal Development | 10 comments

I recently had the awesome experience of speaking about creating happiness at Ignite Fort Collins! In my talk I spoke about 4 simple steps to enjoy the life you have today. Here’s an overview of my talk, with video of my talk below!

Many of us seek happiness. As we focus our attention on the pursuit of happiness it often feels just out of reach. Real happiness doesn’t come from the outside- it comes from the inside. Happiness happens when you create positive habits that support happiness.

Want to invite happiness into your life today? Here’s how!

4 Simple Steps To A Happier Life

1. Think Happy

If you want to be happy you must first decide to be happy. Making a decision to think happy won’t change your life but it will invite happiness into your life. A happy attitude is the start to a happy life.

2. Speak Happy

When it comes to speaking happy what you don’t say is just as important as what you do say. The first part of speaking happy is to stop complaining! I don’t know about you but when I’m actively complaining I’m not feeling very happy.

The second part of speaking happy is complimenting others. The more genuine compliments you give the happier you feel. Whatever you give comes back to you and giving kudos to others creates a positive, complimentary environment that benefits you as much as others.

3. Feel Happy

Gratitude is my favorite way to feel happy. There’s a lot of great things in my life if I choose to see them. Every day I’m grateful for all the good stuff in my life is a day I feel a little happiness.

4. Be Happy

Stop waiting to be happy and simply be happy. Happiness isn’t something that happens when you get what you want or life goes exactly as planned. Embrace happiness for happiness’ sake!

I’m thrilled to share a video of my talk with you! Does this count as my first ever vlog? Okay, probably not.

I love your comments! How are you going to create happiness in your life today? What other ideas do you have to think, speak, feel, and be happy?


  1. I loved this post! I struggle with trying to stop complaining! It’s been so long since I’ve even noticed how much I complain…thanks for reminding me to listen to my voice!

    all my best

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Elle!

      Like you, I always appreciate reminders to stop complaining and listed to my voice. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rush of life and the attitudes of others and slip into unhealthy patterns. One of my favorite aspects of blogging is surrounding myself (virtually, at least) with reminders of healthy living! :)

      Thanks for stopping by! Have a grateful day!


  2. Great speech Chrysta expressed with humour, passion and sincerity and I could totally relate to every word you were saying.

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Kath! I’m so pleased you enjoyed my talk. I look forward to doing another talk at an upcoming Ignite. :)

      I really appreciate your kind words- thank you! Have a grateful day!


  3. What a great speech Chrysta and it was good to “see” you too.

    I tell people all the time that you create your own happiness. All the tips you gave here are spot on and if just a handful of people tried this I do believe they would be much happier in the long run.

    By the way, did they all come up to you guys and shower you with compliments? I sure would have. Loved it and thanks for sharing this with us. I’m so proud of you.


    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Adrienne!

      I love watching your vlogs and getting to hear your voice. I haven’t had time to research doing a vlog properly so this is my first chance to share my voice with the internet! 😉 (There may be one other video of me on YouTube reading a poem as the evil genius, Mustachio.)

      To answer your question, yes, many people did come up with compliments during intermission and after the event! A lot of people told me watching my talk made them feel happier, which made me feel really happy. It was great!

      I look forward to getting up in front of a crowd again in the future! This being my first time I was quite nervous- next time I imagine I’ll do even better! :)

      Have a grateful day!


  4. Well Hello

    I certainly agree with your four steps, in fact as one of my friends put it “if igor looks miserable then things must be really bad!”. Its probably not a classic positive thinking quote but “it could be worse” is a motto I live by, enjoy what you are blessed with instead of wishing you had more.

    As you rightly point out we are responsible for our own emotions and for avoiding those happiness hoovers that delight in sharing their misery.

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Igor!

      You have a great outlook and a great attitude! I’m just going to be over here cheering you on. :) I, too, have found that most of the time it could be worse.

      Sometimes it doesn’t even really matter how bad it is- I still have to deal with what’s in front of me. If I spend all my time and energy analyzing and judging and complaining and feeling miserable over what is I’m not going to make very much progress. When life gets hard the only way out is through, and the only way through is to pick myself up and move forward. Anything that helps me do that is a good thing!

      I’m so glad you stopped by! Have a grateful day!


  5. I finally had a chance to watch your speech. Very nice! :)

    • Thanks Jewels! I’m excited to submit another talk for the next Ignite event- I hope it turns out even better! :)

      Happy weekend! Have a grateful day!


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