40 Non-Material Things That Spark Joy

By Shannon
40 Non-Material Things That Spark Joy

Plenty of people waste time thinking that they would be happy if they had a lot of money. Others think that all they need is to buy a new car, house, phone, or clothes. Sure, those things can make us happy and satisfied in the short-term, but it’s not the same was really enjoying your life. In reality, there are plenty of millionaires who are miserable, and poor people who love their lives. So, if money is not the answer, then what is the key to happiness? The answer to that question is going to be different for everyone. If you are feeling down in the dumps, here are 40 ways to make you feel instantly happier, even without money.

Jogging is great exercise, and it’s totally free. Credit: Shutterstock

40. Exercise

Pretty much everyone who went to their health classes in High School knows that exercise gives us feel-good endorphins. And yet not everyone makes it a habit to incorporate into their everyday lives. According to studies conducted by both Yale and Oxford Universities, exercise truly does make you happier than money. The study polled over 1 million Americans asking, “How many times have you felt mentally unwell in the past 30 days, for example, due to stress, depression, or emotional problems?”.


If you already have a gym membership, it doesn’t cost anything more to go. Credit: Shutterstock

These same participants were asked how much money they made, and how active their lifestyle was. The study came to a shocking conclusion. Exercise makes you feel just as happy as if you were making an additional $25,000 per year. If you aren’t already getting outside to exercise, try to encourage your partner or friends to do it with you. This could make you both feel significantly happier, and it could be a great bonding experience.