If you ask most people what they need to be happy, most of them would probably list things such as a rewarding job, a high salary or the perfect mate. While these are certainly desirable future goals, most experts agree that the things that contribute to daily happiness the most are already within your grasp. Here are some ways to start being happier now.

Be Kind

The easiest way to give yourself a boost is to do something to lift someone else’s spirits. Even the smallest act of retail kindness can reap big rewards. Every time you do something nice for another person, you can inspire the recipient to pay it forward to someone else.

Take Care of Yourself

It’s also important to be kind to yourself. Regular exercise, proper hydration, adequate sleep and a healthy diet give your body what it needs to thrive. Engaging in regular stress relief calms your mind and reduces your cortisol levels. Try adopting a specific self-care ritual that you can commit to doing every week. Put it on your calendar so that you don’t forget it; just the anticipation can brighten your week.

Get To Know Yourself

Happy people are self-aware. A good way to understand yourself is to start a journal. You don’t have to write in it every day, but the more of your thoughts you can get down in writing, the more material you have to reflect on. Knowing yourself well is the first step toward not only figuring out what areas you need to work on but also what you’re doing well. If you have a hard time doing this on your own, it’s okay to enlist the help of a therapist to help you work through some of your trickier issues.

You don’t have to wait until your life looks exactly the way you want it to look to be happy. You can start building the habits that increase your happiness right now.