How To Feel Happy

Why do I feel sad?

Feeling sad can be difficult if you don't know why and you don't know who to talk to.

We’ve asked thousands of young people about the things that make them feel sad or happy and we know that family is the most important part of children’s lives. So if a family gets on well with each other or fights a lot makes a big difference to how happy children are overall. We found out that young people prefer routine and so changes within the family or home also have a big effect.

If you’re feeling sad or are worried or unhappy about anything the best thing to do is to talk about it with someone that you trust. This could be a family member, a friend or even a teacher. They may be able to do something to help and if not, just talking it through may help you to feel a bit better about things. Or if you think it might be better, you can call Childline on 0800 1111.

How to feel happy

Feeling happy is important so how can you make sure you feel happy?

If you’re just feeling a bit bored or unhappy with things, you could check to see if there are free activities in your local area that could be a fun way to meet new people and do something that’s a bit different.

Any type of exercise is really helpful so you could take up a new sport, either as part of a team or to get a bit of time to yourself. Volunteering to help out in your local community is also a good way to improve how you’re feeling. But most important is to try and spend some more time with the people that you care about and who care about you. For some more helpful pointers visit NEF’s five ways to well-being.

School and friends are other major areas in young people’s lives where things such as bullying can make children really unhappy. Young people also told us that being listened to by the adults in their lives and having the freedom to make some decisions for themselves makes them more likely to feel happy with their lives overall.