Not every life change has to be a major shift in how you conduct your personal business. They are a number of easy to implement changes that can transform your life in small but meaningful ways. Here are five simple steps that you can take today in order to achieve long-lasting lifestyle changes all designed to make you happier now:

Early to Rise
Lifestyle experts have proven time and time again that people who wake up early tend to be more productive and happier individuals. Although it can be difficult to establish this habit, the mere act of rising just 30 minutes earlier each day can help you to feel more in control and less stressed as you start each day.

Help Others
An altruistic heart is a happy heart. Volunteering your time to causes dear to you has a profound effect on happiness and overall sense of contentedness with life. Even if you do not have the time to commit to a volunteer activity on a large scale, the simple act of practicing random acts of kindness can go a long way to giving you peace throughout the day.

De-Clutter
Keeping an organized home, workplace, and vehicle can work wonders in reducing stress and anxiety. Disorganization can lead to a vicious cycle of even more clutter. Making an effort to stay on top of the clutter will lead to more productive days and more restful nights.

Get Moving!
Even if it is just for 15 minutes each day, incorporating exercise into your daily routine is an easy and effective way to trigger the release of those much-needed happy endorphins into your life. Regular exercise also keeps anxiety at bay and improves energy levels, inspiring you to be even more productive.

Practice Gratitude
This last tip can be tough, especially when going through rough patches life. However, the simple act of counting your blessings can boost a mind and spirit unlike any other activity. Living life with a grateful heart and taking the time to be conscious of the beauty of your surroundings will naturally lead to a happier soul. And, lastly never forget to pack your smile with you on whatever adventure the road of life may take you.