The Three Simplest Ways to Feel Better Fast

July 8, 2017 Carol No comments exist

How are you feeling right now? If you are feeling down, or not quite tip-top, this post can help! You will learn the three simplest ways to feel better fast.


The remedies for fighting today’s unhappiness are much the same as the solutions for long-term happiness. Both employ the same strategies. So try some of these strategies to get you by today, and you can look forward to a happier future.

The Authentic Happiness Map

Examine the happiness map below. Can you pick out three paths? (Hint: Note the colors of the arrows.)


Each path represents a particular strategy. There are some simple ways to implement each strategy. And these are our three simple ways to feel better fast.

How to Feel Better Fast 

Follow these step-by-step directions to feel better fast.

1. Get grounded.

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Each of the three paths in The Happiness Map begins with “Mindfulness.”

So the first thing you must do a simple form of meditation. I recommend this “Mindfulness of Breath” exercise on the website The Free Mindfulness Project.

2. Choose one or more of the three paths.

  • Compassion for Self
  • Compassion for Others
  • Gratitude

3. Here are the directions for each of the paths.

Compassion for Self

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2015-03-24a Sketched Book – Self-compassion – Kristin Neff — #sketched-book #self-help

We often judge ourselves more harshly than we judge others, beating ourselves up over our faults, flaws, and shortcomings. That makes us feel isolated, unhappy, and even more stressed. … Rather than harsh self-criticism, a healthier response is to treat yourself with compassion and understanding. — Self-Compassionate Letter | Practice | Greater Good in Action

UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, in collaboration with HopeLab, has gifted us with the terrific website Greater Good in ActionThat is where I found a practice titled “Self-Compassion Break.” This exercise asks you to write a letter to yourself expressing compassion for an aspect of yourself that you don’t like. Follow this link.

Compassion for Others

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A Helping Hand
We all need an occasional helping hand.
We all help ourselves when we help others.

If you’re depressed right now, the one single thing that will give you a temporary boost is to go out and help another person. – Martin Seligman

The idea behind his strategy is very simple — do something nice for someone other than yourself. The “someone” could be virtually anyone. The “something” could be anything at all that might make that person feel better, or helps him in any way. 

A few ideas:

  • Mow your neighbor’s lawn.
  • Take someone on a road trip to help them with shopping or errands. Include a stop for a coffee, an ice cream, or a nice lunch.
  • Babysit for a parent who could use a break.
  • Get yourself out and about. As you encounter people, offer each of them a friendly smile and a kind word.
  • Bake or cook something for a specific recipient, then deliver it.
  • Pick up the phone and call someone who may be feeling lonely or isolated. Have a nice chat.


In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. – In Praise of Gratitude – Harvard Health

Instead of focusing on things you don’t have, do just the opposite. Focus on your blessings.


Here I am again going to refer you to the Greater Good in Action website. Choose from any of these four practices:

The Takeaway

I hope that you will find these strategies helpful. Please let me know!


This post references the “Authentic Happiness Map.” For more about the map, and how it can be used, please see The Science of Happiness.


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