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5 Things You Must Do Every Day

I’m still ruminating over Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project. I think it’s in my top 10 books that have changed the way I think and behave.

In the book, the author takes a year to pursue happiness in the daily routine of her life as a wife, mother and writer in New York City. She realizes that happiness is just as much how you feel as what you do.

One point she stresses is doing some things everyday. She says on her blog: “The things you do every day take on a certain beauty, and provide a kind of invisible architecture to daily life.”


Being a generally happy person has a lot to do with what you do all day. So lately, I’ve been examining the things that make me happy and realizing which ones are task-oriented and need to be done every day. Also, I write them down. Because I know if I don’t, they’ll get lost in the shuffle of life’s maintenance.

The 5 things I must do every day are:


1. Write my novel (doesn’t matter how many pages… just write something)
2. Play my guitar and sing
3. Talk with God
4. Sit in silent
5. Exercise (be that walking, yoga or running)

After I do these, I always feel refreshed and accomplished. Every good ordinary day I’ve ever had contains all five of these things. Plus, they are all small steps towards larger goals (i.e., finishing my novel and growing spiritually). I figured what a great way to make every day a good day and get things done at the same time.

So, what’s your “5 Things You Must Do Every Day” to maintain your happiness? Everyone’s is different. Write them down here and make time for them in your daily routine.

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21 Simple Ways to Be Happy


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lisa Carey

    Five things you must do everyday. A beautiful message. Five beautiful and inspirational things I am collecting for myself now and is much needed at this time in my life. Bless you.

  • Amelia

    1. Refuse to complain, criticize or critique anyone or anything.
    2. Eat.
    3. Sleep.
    4. Meditation and Prayer.
    5. Play.

    Thank you for a fun read. smile

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment sue

    3)Think of my son who was murdered 4 yrs ago
    4)Read a few chapters of the book that I’m currently reading
    5)sit at a nearby lake to feed bread to the fish,ducks,etc(whatever is hungry)
    6)trek my 3 miles at the local park for exercise
    7)Do at least one good deed a day
    8)Smile to everyone I meet.Maybe it will help someone who is having a bad day.
    Don’t stop at 5!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment DREW

    5 THINGS


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Halima Johnson

    1) Share not so easily accessible “how to” information with others.

    2) Compliment someone

    3) Learn to cook something new

    4) Eating healthy makes me feel really good

    5) Exercise

    6) Home Pedicure 😉 😉

  • http://5thingsIdoeveryday Tina

    1. Believe in myself
    2. Have hope because “Hope sees the invisible and achieves the impossible”.
    3 Smile more often
    4. Do a good deed no matter how small everyday.
    5. Look around and sse all the beauty that surrounds me everyday/

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Amy Edwards

    5 things

    Loved the book “The Happiness Project” so here are the things I like to include in my day because all the required stuff

    meditate or pray
    make art
    connect with others


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Your Name

    1. Laugh more often

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Your Name

    1. Laugh more often
    2. Believe in the people that I don’t
    3. I need to feel beautiful
    4. Sing more often
    5. Dance more often…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment A Jackson

    1.Do something good for some one

    2.pray be thankful for what i have and the day god gave me

    3.Hug my wife and kids and let them know how much i love them

    4.sit in the sun and feel the breeze on my face

    5.Think of a happy moment and laugh

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lloyd

    Well my post did not go through so let me try this again.

    1.Talk to God.
    2. Smile
    3. Laugh
    4. Keep studying and knowing that I will be a success
    5. Meditate

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment k brawley

    1. thank God that I am here.
    2. take a look in the mirrow and wash and clean face.
    3. drank a cup of coffee.
    4. read verses out of my king james bible.
    5. call others and ask how they are doing elderly and the young.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Tammy Mehigan

    Take time to breathe
    Smile at someone (and myself)
    Talk to my sons
    Compliment someone (and mean it)
    Exercise in some way (jog, run, gym, yoga)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lisa

    1. Don’t work so hard and so much that I forget to enjoy life.
    2. Spend more time with friends and family which is a variation of number 1.
    3. Read more which I haven’t been able to do because of working so much (it seems as if everything is related to work).
    4. Try to get at least some form of exercise.
    5. Try to eat healthier but also eat the foods I like in moderation.

  • Renee

    1. Challenge myself
    2. Reach out and love
    3. Create (specifically music)
    4. Take care of my health (exercise vigorously and eat well, sleep when needed)
    5. See the world with Awe

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment kat

    thank GOD for a brand new day
    work n don’t complain
    do some good deeds
    drink a lot of water
    pray n appreciate

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Vikki

    Well- I haven’t been practicing all 5 things daily, but I really want to be happy, healthy, and have a meaningful life, so I will start tomorrow morning, Wednesday, May 25, 2011….

    1. Pray to God daily and give thanks for all he has blessed me with.
    2. Remind my loved ones of how much I love them.
    3. Exercise and take care of myself.
    4. Smile more often.
    5. Do something for myself.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment C. King

    1. pray and thank God for me and everyone in my life everyday.
    2. make progress daily.
    3. read the bible/learn something new everyday.
    4. live for me and my vision of happyness in future.
    5. envision a peaceful world

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Maria

    1. Be thankful for what I have,( be it little or a lot)
    2. Remember my father’s teachings

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Maria

    3. Perform my job with a passion
    4. Read

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Maria

    5.Share life with my better half

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Terri

    talk with God
    exercize myself and my dog
    touch base with my kids

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment terri

    talk with God
    exercize myself and my dog
    “breathe-in” nature
    smile more
    make someone laugh

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nohra

    Esto es hermoso , me gusta leer todo los comentario que hay aqui y quisiera hacer mi propio comentario 5 cosas que hago todos los dias doy gracias a Dios por un nuevo dia toco mi guitarra , medito sobre este mundo un poco confuso , sonrio al nuevo dia y me alisto para ir al trabajo tomo mis vitaminas y doy feliz gracias por esta pagina no se si lo pueden leer en espanl pero bueno no puedo escribri en ingles solo lo hablo y lo leo gracias de nuevo Nohra

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mahalaxmi govind

    1. Do your duties well.
    2. Think of the close people who have left us with good memories.
    3. Pray God with no demands.
    4. Admire nature.
    5. Help the needy people.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jess

    #1 listen to music that I love
    #2 rub kittycat’s ears when she head butts me for attention :)
    #3 talk to God
    #4 find something to make me laugh
    #5 listen to music that I love again
    #6 pray before retiring for the night

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Thomas

    Quiet time with God.

    Planning of progrmas after hearing the voice of God

    Be smart with smiling face

    Do your duty and help others

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Thomas

    Quiet time with God.

    Planning of programs after hearing the voice of God

    Be smart with smiling face

    Do your duty and help others

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Edina

    7 Things

    1. Wake up everymorning thanking God
    2. Be happy with your life
    3. Compliment people and don’t critize them
    4. Make someone smile if possible laugh
    5. Eat well
    6. Sleep well
    7. Go to bed telling God thanks for your day

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Pamalee

    1. Wake up and thank God for another day to do His will and spend at least 10 minutes in quiet meditation and 10 minutes in prayer.
    2. Stay away from negativity and toxic behavior, do my best at work and do something fun.
    3. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily and exercise 30 minutes by walking, pilates, yoga, treadmill or bike.
    4. Smile and say or do something nice to family, friend, a co-worker or stranger.
    5. Before falling asleep thank God for the day, reflect and pray for those in need.

  • First Mate

    1. Go Catching!
    2. Play!
    3. Help Others
    4. Constant Meditation and Serious Prayer
    5. Let the day enjoy me

    Thanks for reading. BIG smile

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Your Name

    1.I in joy nature!
    2.Walking in the mornings with my dog.
    3.I take to God, everyday to bring peace to my family.
    4 I love music!
    5.Love when it rains, the smell of the rain is so wonderful.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment yvonne

    My five things to do everyday.
    Wake up
    talk to my children
    talk with my dad and sisters
    eat and walk…..

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Shabby

    Express my gratitude to God for another day.
    Listen to my Music, it relaxes me
    Talk with friends they are my support channel
    A daily nap it revives me



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Michael

    Exercise Pray to God and gave thanks for what you have. Learn something new. Do a good deed for or too someone. Take my medication and Vitamins. Drink lots of water.

  • http://7ThingsIshoulddoeachday. Annie

    1. Greet the day with a better outlook
    2. Eat three nutritional meals
    3. Walk my dogs. (for them and Me)
    4. Exercise by doing something that is fun
    5 PRAY and thank GOD for the day, my health (as it is), and my wonderful dogs, that others abounded, hurt and abused.
    6. try not to hate my husband so much.
    7. Learn to forgive the people that hurt me

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment JND

    1. Pray
    2. Believe He’s got your back
    3. Breathe deeply with eyes closed
    4. Think of all the positive possibilities
    5. Look at the doughnut , not the hole

  • http://Great Neelum

    This is too good and a daily reminder. Thanks

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment T. Zeigler

    1. Love spending time with God.
    2. Not a must, but love to watch night turn into day.
    2. Silent time.
    3. Love to take rides alone in my car.
    4. Love to smile at people.
    5. Love being friendly.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sarah

    1. Pray everyday
    2. Hug and tell my children & their dad “I Love You”
    3. Read with my 2 boys
    4. walk daily for good health
    5. play a little

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jessica

    1.Pray Daily
    2.Spend as much time as you can with family.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jessica

    3.Smile & try to make others smile. 4.Do your best at work because everything we do is for God. 5.Exercise 6.Do my best to enjoy everyday.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Richard

    1. Start off thanking god for letting you see another day.

    2. Eat a good breakfast

    3. Listen to people when they talk to u

    4. Refuse to let people stress u out by breathing in and out like a bull

    5. Throw your keys under the bed before you go to sleep at night so that your sure that number one becomes a habit

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Melanie

    1. Be thankful for all that I have.
    2. Tell the most important people in my life something nice everyday.
    3. Smile, remember life is to short!
    4. Work on forgivness, it only keeps me angry.
    5. Do something for me no matter how small it may be!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mary Pat

    1. Meditation/Prayer
    2. Eat healthy food/Take meds
    4. Keep movin’ (some form of exercise)
    5. Learn something new every day
    5. Relax/enjoy

  • Salinya

    1. Appreciate waking up (I’m still alive!)
    2. Meditate
    3. Do something good (no matter how small) for anyone.
    4. Mindfully eat and exercise
    5. Say Thank you (to anyone who deserves it)

  • http://DailyDo's Sir James

    1. Laugh
    2. A kind act
    3. Eat healthy
    4. Exercise (at least 15 min)
    5. Positive Affirmations
    6. Tell someone you LOVE them.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Joseph

    That was a wonderful dialogue to those who “have ” things that make their lives easier. Did you catch the Nice million dollar house she lives in, of course she “needs” to sing to and write in her journal hoe successful she is. People like that who have not a clue as to what is really going on in the world, oh she’s writing a book. I’m sure she will be well paid for it. What about the 88% impoverish people. Do you help them write songs on your guitar? The wealthy is THE PROBLEM in this country. They don’t give a rats behind about the rest of us.So, go do your 5 steps and have your lattee and drive your BMW, Remember, God said it would be easier to pass a thread thru a needle or find a needle in a haystack than a wealthy man/woman to enter into the KIngdom of Heaven.I am all for people working hard to maske it, but greed and “it’s all mine and I don’t care about you little people, that I have a problem with. The top 2% of America does not care about “US” If your not an US your a “THEM” Good luck with ST. Peter.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment G Angela

    Pray & Meditate

    Being Thankful



    Be Kind & hug my daughter

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mitch G

    1. Smile
    2. Laugh
    3. Eat Breakfast
    4. Talk to friends
    5. Be positive

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Alicia LeFlore

    1. Thank God for being here
    2. Kissing my babies,glad their here
    3. Sit in Silence for 10 minutes
    4. Be positive to others around me
    5. Ask if others need anything.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sharon P

    There is no sin in bieng wealthy, anymore then there is in bieng poor. God loves each and everyone of us,,, just as we are. I am poor financialy, but rich in blessings, family, friends, etc… I hope your bitterness at those who have more then you will be gone and you will find happiness in your life… I have lost a grand child, been physicaly and emotionaly abused , was burned and spent 3 weeks in a burn unit, been cheated on, but I dont feel that the wealthy dont “understand”… some do… some dont…. same as middle class or poor people.Some wealthy people were born poor… some not.
    There are months when Im not sure how Im going to get all my bills paid… and sometimes I dont. But i take pleasure in knowing I do the best I can.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Gus

    1-Ride my bike.



    4-Engage in purposeful thought.

    5-Be responsible.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment lina

    1. Thank God Everyday!!
    2. Do my yoga
    3. Pack healthy and nutritious food
    4. Forgive and count my blessings
    5. Be true to myself

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Madel Remulta

    1. Be a blessing to other.
    2. Always do the right thing.
    3. Be happy always.
    4. Love your family.
    5. Don’t forget to communicate God.
    “I Love You Jesus!”

  • http://shawma shawma brown

    clean up love god take good care of the world

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mattie Stephens

    1.Every day i give thanks to God.
    2.I thank god for putting good friends in my life.
    3.I thank god every morning for awaken me in my right mind.
    4.I thanks god for my family and friends.
    5.Most of all i thank god for my health and strength and to walk every day and i have love for everone.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment maryann moon

    Yes, you’ve reminded me about how important it is for me to
    write at least one poem a day. I love poetry and a poem
    a day can definitely bring about the lovely shiny yet invisible architecture you speak of – to my life. We all need more
    poetry in our lives, for I believe Life is meant to be so much
    more poetic than we’ve usually made it.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment njeri

    1. Talk with God by saying a prayer
    2. Read my mails
    3. Chat with my friends
    4. smile and laugh
    5. Talk on the phone to a very special person

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ikue

    The 5 things i must do every day:
    1. Take breakfast
    2. Make bed
    3. Read Our Daily Bread (
    4. Pray in the morning and before sleep
    5. Check emails

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Renee Emami

    Write my novel.
    Read at least 1 verse in the bible and comment on it.
    Exercise, even if that is just walking my dog.
    When I do this, I feel happy.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment lori gonzalez

    hug my babies
    brush my teeth
    admire myself in the mirror
    have a chat with God

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment John L. Warner

    Amazing, these are the five I do each day, four I do well, sitting in silence is a little more challenging and needs attention. I feel great for my age and find joy in every day.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Theodora

    Well i do understand joseph but of recent i understand more that an ungrateful heart looks at others possessions and judge them. I dont have anything now at 29 yrs-boyfriend, job, kids nor a united family. I am not happy about these things and have prayed so hard and for so long. I stopped and started looking arud and saw those am also better than. My simple pray is “Lord am not grateful becos i dont understand nor appreciate what u have done but i want to be. there is something good in all am complaining abut Sir. Thank u”. Thanks everyone.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Maggie

    5 MAIN things to do:
    1. My cup of coffe early in the morning
    2. Cook for the family
    3. Talk to friends and relatives
    4. Watch TV while “cyberspacing”
    5. Thank God for the blessings I had that day

  • gbemi tijani

    I’ m somehow new to belief net web yet i buoyed by the holistic features -it can or should impact spiritually and generally on the lives -especially judicious application of the health & organic eating & drinking advice by experts. One naturopath-REV MIKE OYE once said in a BACK TO NATURE SEMINAR that constipation is the source of most diseases. Practically if everyone self examines his/her life/living-its either we ve indulged in something excessively and has not paid the price via daily active exercise or just captured by emotional eating or drinking. i M EMBRACING the features -especially the organic features .Being a believer in Christ Jesus i will start tasting the spiritual features soon. WELL-DONE SEASONS GREETINGS & LOVE.
    Testimony -just to back up what the author of 5 things i do daily as a step to larger goals-i endorse the experience of feeling fully refreshed and accomplished -much more if i contribute literally or creatively online than otherwise–again as these snippets i make will surely spur me to bigger things. Another consolation i used to give myself is that if i can do this little while coping with lack of stable power and a not commodious living i should be better powered when i relocate insofar i don’t loose the mystery key -The Grace Of God through His Mercies & Wisdom to handle favors. I love reading & listening to good spiritual messages & poetry and don’t grooming myself for a life confessional miscellany -maybe it will help believers globally. Amen for answered prayers -rooted in the psalmist passage 78:72 that we are fed by the integrity of our hearts and shepherded by the skills of our hands. A Christian sister, a Metro FGBMFI guest speaker, chartered accountant practitioner& teacher believed that as long as the Lord lives she would be led to be blessed in several portals of job -just as the Garden of Eden was blessed with four rivers .Congratulations on your website &THANKS for your generous features. I assume you re sowing tangibly via your gifts and the reward may even manifest right here on earth by way of building friends and & this is not just a treasure but a formidable goodwill bank with unquantifiable bounties -which is also biblical-i.e. to share your talent & allied resources. You re blessed.-BELIEF NET.COM
    p.s. I also contribute to, ,new poetry digest, peace and development network online more url later as time unfolds by His Grace.
    Gbemi tijani mst,241211
    Convener: civic concern

  • gbemi tijani

    Praise God for everything and the life of MARYAM MOON who also love poetry and tries to stabilize a poem daily. She also said our lives are not lived as poetic as we ought & i key in to this as the basis for inner conflict and lacklustre living despite a lot are believers. Again it could also account for unsettled believers quest for inordinate prosperity or super miracle. Faithfully & scientifically speaking daily comfortable sleeping & waking is a common but also a rare experience for those with sundry debilitating body or psychologically unresolved pains!On waking up an individual creative or spiritually appreciative person will do well to reflect self analytically the source of his/her strength/favour and supply mercies–preservation/provisions & new links inclusive. Then you nobody -except perhaps saints working full time in the vineyard of the Lord an be perfect in relating to the high and the low-so interactions,transactions,expectations & the guided use of the senses in the day or -the grace of previous days//nights should or ought to be committed to the Lord .A writer or or poet or just anybody with flair of jotting things down will recognize that its early or silent hours or QUIET TIME or meditating or yoga time that this could be done without fleshy distractions. Biochemical fasting or moderation in what you eat or drink can also enjoy or minimise flatulence or bloating. However some can’t do without breakfast. Yes it also depends on what you do or will do -or lifestyle per se.As for me i hope to write miscellaneously-poetry, a maze of snippets as novella, memoirs etc and poetry commentary and of course I MUST ALSO SHARE MY EXPERIENCE WITH BELIEVERS locally & online globally. I don’t think i m not already doing this. You re blessed as ever -for sharing -as Ken Copeland said
    You dont have to do it alone
    you have the word of God
    you have the mind of Christ
    You also have a buddy in fellowship or church or ‘home or @work trustworthy and spirit filled enough to share it …and maybe you can also kabash-i.e pray genuinely or sing in the holy Ghost.
    nb.kabash means to talk in tongue or sing in the Holy Ghost-all as prayer facilitation only -if you cant -just ensure that your thinking of others isn’t bad. Thank you BELIEFNET FOR THIS PORTAL OF EXCHANGE.I m also her sister MARYAM MOON -I love poetry-some poems are almost like healing! especially if they re crafted with intends-purposes that moved the Lord Himself to be so good & deified and perpetually popular in peoples minds .Again this is for global consumption-i live where i m surrounded by 7 churches and three mosques. Each of these entities and their location and spiritual output affect me -though a times disturb my own meditation. Life is tolerance. life is love. Can we even love as CHRIST had commanded or taught? Can we be holy without the spirit? May He give us the grace to live & love fruitfully.GBEMI TIJANI 241211

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment tamara

    talk to god thank him for my blessings and loving me even though my life is hard and a struggle 2 try to love thy self and my neighbor 3 take time for nature and my garden 4 try to forgive what has hurt and angered me 5 time for me

  • Gabriel Kelly

    Hi, I wanted to drop you a quick note to express my thanks. I’ve been following your blog for a month or so and have picked up a ton of good information as well as enjoyed the way you’ve structured your site.
    I am attempting to run my own blog but I think its too general and I want to focus more on smaller topics. Being all things to all people is not all that its cracked up to be.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment king

    1.Daily Hygiene
    2.Daily Laughter with many Smiles
    3.Good Sleep
    4.Love Your Loved Ones
    5.Pray, Meditation & Exercice.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Yiddishe Maydel

    Thanks, Jennifer.. : ) Bless you.. Peace

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