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13 Incredibly Smart Tips To Be Happier From Mental Health Experts

Genius tips from people whose job it is to make you feel better.

It's pretty safe to assume that you want to be happy, because...well, who doesn't? But how to actually make that happen is a little more elusive. BuzzFeed Life talked to a bunch of experts to get their best tips.

1. Realize that happiness doesn't mean having everything you want and being problem-free all the time.

2. Cut "should" from your vocabulary, because it basically guarantees whatever you think "should" happen, won't.

3. Remember that your negative thoughts are not true. They're just thoughts.

4. Start your day by reminding yourself one positive thing about your life.

5. Anyone can benefit from therapy, so consider making an appointment for a checkup.

6. Don't think about your work responsibilities at home, and vice versa.

7. Stop checking your smartphone randomly. Instead, give yourself specific times to catch up on social media and email.

8. Make keeping up with your friendships a priority.

9. Actually take the time to plan short-term pleasure AND long-term goals — aka actively make your life what you want it to be.

10. Treat yourself with compassion and lots of love.

11. Don't forget that your physical health has an impact on your mental health, too.

12. Several times throughout your day, take a deep breath and tell yourself that everything is OK. Eventually, your brain will get the memo.

13. Make a conscious effort to take care of your mental health the same way you would your physical health.

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