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25 Small Ways To Be Happier This Year


25 Small Ways To Be Happier This Year

2016 has been HARD.

Personally, I refer to 2016 – and always will – as ‘the shit-storm of 2016’.

After our wedding on 15 January 2016 it was like an avalanche, followed by a tornado and endless floods of… shit.



Cold after flu after sinus infection.


The year had declared it would test us. It would test our sanity. And it would certainly test us in our first year of marriage.

I’m glad 2016 is nearly over, but I gotta pay credit where credit’s due and admit that there was a lot of goodness sprinkled throughout the shit-storm of 2016, and I certainly feel stronger for it.

But the question is, how can we turn it around? How can we make 2017 a lot better? And a lot less painful?

Here are 25 Small Ways To Be Happier This Year.

  1. Spend time with people who make your heart sing
  2. Practice forgiveness, even of yourself
  3. Don’t be so judgey… and if people judge you, ignore them
  4. Unplug often
  5. Spend more time with your loved ones
  6. Pay yourself a compliment – every day
  7. Let go of anger
  8. Learn something new
  9. Start small and change one thing in your life
  10. Tell others you love them, often
  11. Go gentle on yourself
  12. When you read something on Facebook, don’t read too much into it. And don’t presume you know what is happening. And don’t interpret it personally. After all, you don’t know what the person is thinking as you are not inside their head! Before you think, take it personally, or say something about someone, take a step back, breathe, and close Facebook
  13. Build the life you loveMake a choice. If you aren’t living a life you love, then start building it.
  14. Learn to live in the now. After all, that’s where life happens
  15. Surround yourself with people who lift you up
  16. Focus on the positive. If that means turning off the news and acting all ‘ignorant-like’ then so be it
  17. Schedule in some fun. Once you do it enough, you’ll realise how much fun having fun is, and you’ll do it more often!
  18. Make self-care your priority. Here’s 64 ideas to help you on your way
  19. Celebrate the small things and the small wins
  20. Practice gratitude daily
  21. Be mindful and slow down in everything you do
  22. Listen to your own discomfort and embrace saying no
  23. Practice giving less fucks
  24. Chuck in the diet. Quit ‘cleanses’ and ‘detoxes’. Throw out the scales. Accept that when you go clothes shopping the sizes of clothes, and the mirrors and lighting in change rooms are … absolutely ridiculous, and love yourself as you are!
  25. Embrace and own whatever age you are turning this year. This year I turn 40. I’m gonna rock that shit, whilst attending one concert every month up until I turn 40!


“If you’re struggling, you deserve to make self-care a priority. Whether that means lying in bed all day, eating comfort food, putting off homework, crying, sleeping, rescheduling plans, finding an escape through a good book, watching your favorite tv show, or doing nothing at all — give yourself permission to put your healing first. Quiet the voice telling you to do more and be more, and today, whatever you do, let it be enough. Feel your feelings, breathe, and be gentle with yourself. Acknowledge that you’re doing the best you can to cope and survive. And trust that during this time of struggle, it’s enough.” 

— Daniell Koepke

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  • Ann
    December 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Janine this is an invaluable guide to living fully and self-compassion. Thanks for this. This is a wonderful guide of where to put my energy and focus. I need need to read this everyday to set the

    • Janine Ripper
      January 13, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      You’re most welcome Ann.

  • Joy Page Manuel
    January 6, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Oh yes, 2016 was a shit-storm indeed. Glad we survived it and thanks for this insightful list! I COMPLETELY agree with unplugging or staying away from social media for a while. It does get too much and I can physically feel how bad it affects me and how good it feels when I just step away and stop caring. Happy 2017, Janine!

    • Janine Ripper
      January 13, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      Im so glad we survived. I think 2017 is going to change us and the world in many ways. Hopefully the good outweighs the bad.

  • mackenzieglanville
    January 7, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    great list! I turned 40 last year and I think I am happier than ever so you are so going to rock it!!!!! I agree with your list, I love to be naive about the negative shit on the news at times, it can just get too much! So here is to a fab 2017 gorgeous lady xx

    • Janine Ripper
      January 13, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      That’s awesome 🙂 40… well Im reluctantly looking forward to it!

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