Happiness Tips for Teens

8 Simple Tips for Increased Happiness!

Tip #1 Love Yourself

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”


People come and go in our lives.  But whether they stay a while or fly through, teach us a good lesson or a bad one, we are ultimately left with ourselves.  We are accountable in this life for our journey only, no one else’s.  Why then, should we seek out their opinion on how we should live it?   

  • Dress the way you want
  • Pursue the hobbies that interest you
  • Listen to whatever music moves you

When you accept yourself, you insulate yourself from those that would tear you down.  When another tries to diminish your self-worth, you can respond, “That is not who I am, and I deserve better than this!”  Take it from me, and all others recovering from low self-esteem: your life’s journey is harder when you allow someone else to sit behind the wheel.

“Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.”

Maxwell Maltz

Take the break off!  Love and accept yourself for who you are.  If others don’t like you, let them go, and shut the door behind them.  You. Are. Enough. 

Tips for Teens You are Enough

Tip #2 Learn Integrity

Along with loving ourselves, we have to be honest with ourselves. 

We have to care more about doing right, than looking right.  That is integrity: doing the right thing, even when no one is looking

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”

Oprah Winfrey

Learning integrity starts in your mind.  Our thoughts are manifested in our words and actions.  So, if our thoughts are bad, they can only produce bad words and negative actions. 

Curb any negative thoughts you have about someone else by immediately recognizing two good things about them.  This will help you develop charity, which softens the heart, and invites positivity into your life.  Then you will naturally want to do the right thing in every circumstance you find yourself in.    

Tip #3 Get Outside

With each passing generation, our culture moves more and more inside.  Our work, our worship, our hobbies, our social time is all spent indoors.  Guess what?  There’s a reason our bodies need Vitamin D, which comes from the Sun and can’t be replaced by artificial light…we are meant to be outdoors!

Getting outside refreshes the body and the mind.  It combats depression and anxiety.  It awakens our understanding to a purpose that is greater than just ourselves.  It helps us recognize beauty and nourishes the spirit. 

Tips for Teens: Faith

10 minutes outside every day replenishes the spirit, restores balance to the body, and just plain and simple, makes you happier!  Seems like a very generous reward for such little effort, don’t you think?

Tip #4 Eat Healthy

As a parent, I’m calling out other parents on this one.  We teach our youth terrible eating habits, me included.  How much harder is it to encourage a teenager to eat their vegetables than an baby who doesn’t know anything else?  Why wouldn’t we start instilling healthy eating habits at a very, very young age instead of trying to reprogram those habits years later?

So, since we parents have instilled these awful eating habits in you, our teenagers, all I can do is give you my word that changing your eating habits for the better, will have a profoundly positive effect on you. 

Curious where to start?  Sugar, soda, and fast food are the worst offenders!  A healthy diet:

Tips 3 & 4: Get outside and eat healthy
  • Increases focus
  • Fights fatigue
  • Improves mental health
  • Clears skin, eyes, hair—all those things we want to look good 😉

Listen to your body!  If you’re eating well, your mind will be alert and your body will be full of energy.  A healthy life is a happy life.

Tip #5 Work Hard

Hard Work always pays off.  Period.  There is no cheat for success.  To have success in school, in work, in your personal life, you have to work for it.  At some point, natural ability dries up, and what you do next reveals your character. 

“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”

Sam Ewing

Don’t be fooled into thinking that “things just come easily for some people”.  The people who make everything look easy are killing it behind the scenes.  They are consistent and persistent. 

There is no more marketable skill than a strong work ethic.  Develop a good work ethic while you’re young, and opportunities will open before you.

Tip #6 Be Honest

Tips: Honesty and Integrity

Honesty is a way of life.  If you’re “bending the truth”, or telling “white lies”, you’re not being honest.

Being known as an “honest” person is one of the greatest compliments we could be given and should be something we all strive for.  If you’ve gotten in the habit of lying, STOP.   When someone knows you can be counted on for the whole, unaltered truth, their respect for you will go through the roof! 

When a person has a reputation for being honest, they tend to “collect” a number of other positive attributes: integrity, loyalty, trustworthy, dependable, etc.  

If you’re being dishonest with your education, the only person you are cheating is yourself.  When you’re dishonest in your personal relationships, you’re not only depriving yourself of happiness, you’re stealing someone else’s.

“When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth.” 

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Tip #7 Aim Higher

Find a source of light and truth that is greater than you, whether that be God, or what other Holy Spirit you have faith in.  Our physical minds, though extraordinary, are still limited.   

Recognizing that you are part of a larger, eternal plan will increase your self-worth and establish a firm foundation for you to work from, particularly when life’s difficulties present themselves. 

Believe that your life has a purpose and pray or meditate daily for that purpose to be made clear.  Thus, you can be an instrument for good in someone else’s life every day. 

“As you draw nearer to the Lord, He will guide you to become the best version of yourself.”

M. Russell Ballard

 As your faith grows, so will your portion of peace and happiness. 

Tip #8 Smile 

When in doubt, smile. 

No one will try and convince you that every day will be sunshine and roses, but there will be something to smile about in every day, if you choose to find it.  Smiling in difficult times shows you are resilient, faithful, and determined to be happy. 

“Life is like a mirror.  Smile at it and it smiles back at you.”

Peace Pilgrim

Misery breeds misery, and happiness attracts happiness.  Therefore, whether you know it or not, you are actively choosing what you want: misery or happiness.  

Your mind, body, and spirit are all connected.  All 3 entities respond to one another.  Put a smile on your face, and your heart and mind will follow!

I've got nothing to do today but smile

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