A Simple Formula for Living a Happier Life

A simple formula for living a happier life is easier than you think.

There are people who live a life full of chaos and are overwhelmed the majority of the time.

They never have good days and never seem to smile. There are others who live a life full of happiness and joy. They have a positive outlook on everything and are always happy.

Some people have a difficult time accepting the fact that they cannot change their circumstances in life. While some things are beyond our control, there are certain things that we can affect and turn into opportunities to live a happier life.

The truth is, you can create the life of your dreams. You just need to put your mind to it. This blog post is about making sure that you’re living a happier life. We’ll go over what it takes to accomplish this and how to make your life even better by using this simple formula in having a happier life!

The Plain Simple Life

Just exactly is the plain simple life?

Life is supposed to be joyful. Why do we have to work so hard… right?

The goal of the Plain Simple Life is to live a simpler, more meaningful life.

I’ve always felt like life is too complicated. I’m a “doer”, and I’m always looking for ways to improve my life. But most of what I do is just make things easier, which in turn, improves our life, right?

I’m not trying to be negative, just honest. Most of the time we just live a life where we are doing things because we have to do them. We just follow the rules of society, and sometimes, we feel like we are just going through the motions.

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But you can change your life. You can create a simpler version of yourself. In fact, you can become a minimalist to a certain degree as well.

While I don’t claim to have all the answers, I do know that a plain and simple life can be a lot less stressful, more peaceful, and definitely a lot more fun.

As you read through this article, you’ll discover how you can use all of these tips to simplify your life.

21 Ways – the Simple Formula for Living

If you want to learn how to live a simpler life, then you should read this article. This is a guide that explains why you need to simplify your lifestyle.

When you simplify your life, you will feel more relaxed. There is nothing wrong with wanting to relax and unwind and clear your mind.

So, if you’re looking for ways to reduce stress, you might find that you can enjoy simplifying your life by the guidelines described below.

They were made popular by Barry J. Wilson. Don’t worry, you won’t have to try and remember them all. 

In the next section, you can download a free digital printable to print and hang up on your wall. So let’s check these 21 ways out, shall we?!?

1) Live Beneath Your Means

You don’t need to borrow money to be happy.

Spend only what you can afford… After all, the best things in life are free.

2) Return Everything you Borrow

Keeping personal items belonging to others is disrespectful to that person and a relationship can be ruined because of this.  

Think about it… how can people trust you if you can’t even return what you borrowed?

3) Stop Blaming Other People

If you want to keep the peace and live a calmer life, you need to stop blaming other people. 

You’re always better off taking the blame yourself than pointing your finger at someone else. Or better yet, just remember this golden rule… “It’s okay to let the other person be right, once in a while!”

4) Admit it When you Make a Mistake

Everybody makes mistakes. It’s how we learn.

The most important thing is you recognize you’re wrong and be humble in admitting it. This is life experience. We learn from our mistakes and move forward.

5) Give Clothes not Worn to Charity

Stop hoarding your clothes!

Giving your old clothes to people who badly need them is a wonderful way to give back. You can also donate them to your local shelter, Good Will or Salvation Army or even to those standing in line at a soup kitchen.

Besides, helping people is most rewarding and nothing can compare to the happiness and blessings both you and they receive.

6) Do Something Nice and Try not to get Caught

Let your charitable works be a true blessing to the less fortunate, and keep them private.

Help other people because you want to, not because people are watching.

7) Listen More, Talk Less

Life will really start to make sense once you’ve taken the opportunity to look at it from someone else’s point of view.

There are a lot of things that can transform you, and learning to listen to others is one of them.

8) Take at Least a 30-Minute Walk Every Day

Physical activity improves your mental and emotional health too.

It has been shown that a short walk makes you smarter, and it can even help people with depression. It brings clarity to your thoughts.

9) Strive for Excellence, not Perfection

It’s OK to strive for the best, but don’t forget that nobody is perfect. In my book, only God is perfect.

So, stop trying to be one of the best and cut yourself some slack.

The best part is you’ve tried. Just continue to do your best and feel good you’re working towards being the best version of yourself.

10) Be on Time… Don’t Make Excuses

It means you value other people’s time. It shows respect for the other person. Trust me, everyone, especially family members, will appreciate you for having this virtue.

But not only that… eliminating this annoying habit will come back and provide ‘you’ the extra time to be more organized and clear-minded for events and appointments.

11) Don’t Argue

When you argue, you’re wasting time that could be spent doing something productive instead.

In addition, it upsets you and the people you argue with. It’s simply not worth it.

12) Get Organized

When one gets more organized in their life and daily routine, one can save so much time and energy. This definitely encourages you in the right direction of living a simple and happy life, let alone being more productive!

13) Be Kind to Unkind People

Treat everyone kindly, even your adversaries. You don’t know what they are going through.

Sometimes divorce or losing a lot of money leads people into financial trouble. They in turn become ‘stressed out’ and you can be on the receiving end of their ‘lashing out’.

Just know it’s ‘nice to be nice’ to everyone, because more than likely, those who are unkind need kindness most of all.

14) Take Time to be Alone

Being alone is a chance to understand yourself better, to find out who you really are and how you see the world.  

It gives you clarity and can change your mindset into being more positive, and growth-oriented.

15) Cultivate Good Manners

There’s no question that good manners just make life easier… Bad manners show you don’t have respect for others and to yourself. Sometimes, you just have to ‘bite your tongue’ to prevent yourself from saying something ugly.

Good manners can be hard, but they’re worth it!

16) Be Humble

Don’t let your pride get in the way of your happiness. Learn to be humble.

If you ever feel superior to others, that makes it harder to connect with them. You miss out on the opportunity to have real relationships with other people.

17) Realize and Accept that Life Isn’t Fair All of the Time

Don’t let life throw you off your game. Accept that life is not always fair for everyone.

Yes… sometimes life isn’t fair, but there are so many things in life to still be thankful for.

18) Know When to Keep Your Mouth Shut

I can’t help but give you the words of advice my Mother gave me and my nine siblings…

“If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all!”

— Patricia Jarboe

19) Go an Entire Day Without Criticizing Anyone

Criticizing others is easy; it’s a lot like being judgmental… But criticizing people is a complete lose-lose situation. 

And more often than not, criticism is like karma because sometimes we get caught. It will eventually come back to bite you.

Instead, learn to understand, empathize and perhaps suggest ways to help them. The bottom line — simply be kind to everyone, no matter what.

20) Learn From the Past… Plan for the Future

Learning from the past and planning for the future is essential. If you don’t learn from the past, you’ll be doomed to repeat it.

If you don’t plan for the future, you’ll be lost in the fog of uncertainty.

21) But Live in the Present

We often spend so much of our lives thinking about the future and the past.

We worry about things that haven’t happened yet, and we obsess over things that happened years ago.

When you’re focused on the present, you’re more likely to stay happy. In fact, it’s the only way to truly live a happier life.


When you’re trying to make changes to your lifestyle, you need a way of measuring whether or not you’ve succeeded. If you want to know how to get started on this journey, then download this free digital printable.

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You can post it where you see it every day as a reminder of all the various ways you can start living life simpler and happier.

10 Simple Formula for Living Quotes

If you want to live a happy life, then read these 10 inspirational quote. Choose what resonates with you and perhaps write it down in your journal to reference whenever needed.

“My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.”

Cary Grant

Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter allows you to remember who you are. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are.” 

Courtney Carver

“More was never the answer. The answer, it turned out, was always less.”

Cait Flanders

“When we focus more on fitting it all in instead of making time for what counts, we lose sight of how to create a meaningful life.”

Courtney Carver

“I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.” 

Albert Einstein

Have the courage to build your life around what is really most important to you.”

Joshua Becker

If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements.”

The Dalai Lama

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”  

John Burroughs

“Life is as simple as these three questions: What do I want? Why do I want it? And, how will I achieve it?”

Shannon L. Alder

“Pursue a life worth living… live the simple life.” — Beth Elkassih


In Conclusion…

So… in conclusion, please review these 21 ways using this simple formula Barry J. Wilson created for living a happier life. Take advantage of downloading this free digital printable and post it somewhere you can see it every day.

Here’s the deal… The key to a simpler and happier life is to take control of your thinking and stop living to please everyone else. Your life is unique and you should be doing things that you know are right and good for you!

The answer couldn’t be any simpler… Here it is:

Every day you wake up, decide:

To be the person that you want to be.

And every day, be the person that you want to be.

There is nothing special about the above formula except for its simplicity and its clarity. It is easy to understand, it works and it will change your life.

Take advantage of downloading this free digital printable and start living your own ‘personal formula’ of living a happier life!

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beth elkassih

“Hi! Welcome to the launching and introduction to ‘Made You Smile Back’! I’m so pleased you’re here. Let me share with you a little bit about myself and why I created this platform.”

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