Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

6 Secrets to Happiness That Might Surprise You

Happiness is a complex and subjective emotion, and what brings happiness to you may be very different for someone else. While there are no guaranteed secrets to happiness, there are some surprising and often overlooked factors that can contribute to a happier life.

How can you build more happiness in your life? Here are six ” secrets” that may surprise you:

#1: Embrace Discomfort

Surprisingly, stepping out of your comfort zone and facing challenges can lead to greater happiness. When you conquer difficulties, you often gain a sense of accomplishment and personal growth that can boost your overall well-being.

#2: Practice Gratitude

Taking time each day to reflect on the things you’re thankful for can significantly improve your mood and overall happiness. Gratitude helps shift your focus from what you lack to what you have. Writing in a gratitude journal is an easy way to start!

#3: Cultivate Strong Relationships

Positive social connections are consistently linked to happiness. Invest time and effort in nurturing your relationships with family, friends, and loved ones. Getting involved in the community or participating in social or networking groups can help you build valuable friendships.

#4: Give Back

Volunteering and helping others is proven to lead to a sense of purpose and satisfaction. Acts of kindness not only benefit those you help, but also provide a psychological boost to your own happiness.

#5: Prioritize Health and Well-being

Taking care of your physical and mental health can have a profound impact on your happiness. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep are all great ways to help improve your mood and overall well-being.

#6: Set Meaningful Goals

Pursuing goals that align with your values and bring a sense of purpose can lead to long-term happiness. This is why having a job is so powerful, and why Ohio Valley Goodwill works to provide job skills training and life-changing employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities and our nation’s veterans.

Working toward realistic and achievable goals provides a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, and adds to one’s confidence and self-growth. It really is a path to happiness!

Finding Happiness Through Goodwill

Ohio Valley Goodwill believes everyone deserves to live a fulfilled life connected to their community! Through our programs and services, we engage individuals in skills training and job placement as well as recreational and educational options for a fulfilling life.

Graphic: Donate and Shop. Change a Life.
Graphic: Donate and Shop. Change a Life.

Happiness is a journey, so experiment with different activities, habits, and hobbies to discover what brings you the most happiness and fulfillment in your life. For example, one of the best ways to experience more happiness is to help others. Simply by donating to Goodwill, shopping in our retail stores, or volunteering your time, you’re making a difference in your community “” and that’s certainly something to feel happy about!