The 80/20 on Happiness

If you’re looking for a quick 80/20 rule on how to be happier in your life within 7 days, then do the following:

1) Wake up in the morning and think of 3 things that you are grateful for
2) Before you go to bed, think of 3 things you are grateful for

Do this for 7 days in a row and you will feel at least 10% happier.

Try it, and post your results in the comments below.

(I will explain why this works in a later article. For now, just consider trying it. Some things you can only learn by doing, not by reading about it. This is one of those things.)

16 comments… add one
  • Inge Oct 1, 2014, 8:47 am

    Having Family supporting you
    Great friends
    Able to Discover the world

  • AC Oct 1, 2014, 9:31 am

    Have a decent job
    Know I need to do for the day
    Start the day with energy

    Happy and healthy children
    Wife takes care of home
    A caring mother

  • Raj S Oct 1, 2014, 10:59 am

    I have been doing this for sometime and it definitely has a considerable impact. Thank you for sharing! 🙂


  • Maximilian Oct 1, 2014, 1:45 pm

    Being a long-time student of Victor’s, I created a personal framework on that matter long since, so it didn’t take much thinking to come up with that list 😉

  • Kunwar Oct 1, 2014, 6:54 pm

    I have been doing the 5 things that I’m grateful for every morning, and have definitely seen a big bump in our happiness level (though quantifying that would be quite interesting :)).

    I’ll try the 3 things before end of day and report back.

  • k.Ramachandran Oct 2, 2014, 3:12 am

    1)The Blessings of God that made me wake up in the morning keeping me alive
    2)Making the morning good
    3)Making me happy and giving strength to start my routine

    1) He made my day and made the day eventful
    2)Able to do good things which made me happy
    3) Gave me my daily bread and for all good things happened on that day

  • Adrien Oct 2, 2014, 3:49 am

    Having time to give to the others
    Having time for myself
    Getting married

  • Hamza Oct 2, 2014, 2:35 pm

    Having people around that care about you and love you
    Being able to travel around
    Enjoying a good health

  • Rogerio Oct 3, 2014, 12:14 am

    My parents values;
    People that like and help me;
    Education that I had

  • dipuo Oct 5, 2014, 12:50 pm

    1. I am grateful for growing up(wisdom)
    2. I am grateful for good health
    3. I am grateful for family love

  • Joy Oct 5, 2014, 11:47 pm

    Hi Victor,

    I have three points quickly popped up in my head thanks to my previous case interview training. I haven’t done this before sleep because I tend to meditate around that time – which means think of absolute nothing. But I did remind myself of the 3 things every morning on my way to work. It helped me starting the day better.

    Thank you for all the wisdoms and I am looking forward to your future emails.


  • Kocho Oct 6, 2014, 9:05 am

    No effect whatsoever. I have tried this before. No effect of any kind.

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  • Konrad Oct 6, 2014, 6:57 pm

    1. Love

    2. Friendship

    3. Work

  • Valeriia Oct 7, 2014, 8:30 am

    I am grateful:
    1. for all people who bother to wake me up in the morning
    2. for the tree with hairy leafs that grows on the path close my home
    3. for the snow when you can look up staying below a latern
    4. for a view in the sky when you are lying on a yacht
    5. for people who pass by you on the street and smile in a peculiar was, as though they have just made sure you are in a right place, where they have expected you to be
    6. for gouache that can work almost as fine as oil
    7. for situations when someone guesses a small thing that you expect without you mentioning it
    8. for intuation and signal coming from future
    9. for violin and pan-flute sound
    10. for poetry and being able to write
    11. for the Universe and all that what I havent grasped yet

  • James Lee Oct 7, 2014, 2:33 pm

    I am grateful for newest member of my family:
    1. For my wife’s enduring patience despite sleep deprivation
    2. For a great automated career
    3.For my newborne’s smile when I wake up to see him

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