9 Things That Makes a Highly Sensitive Person Happy

This month is Happiness Happens month. And that’s worth smiling about. Happiness is a wonderful theme to focus on. So that’s what we’re going to do on Happy Sensitive Kids throughout August. Happiness. What does it mean? When are you happy? What makes a highly sensitive person (HSP) happy in the workplace? Where you can find happiness resources? All of this this month on the blog.

9 Things That Makes a Highly Sensitive Person Happy

The Power of Happiness

Happiness is contagious. Happiness is unlimited. Sharing your happiness with your friends and family brings joy to them. When your kids are happy, you tend to revel in their happiness.

Happiness is a powerful tool.

Especially for HSPs who tend to be emotional sponges. If people around a HSP are happy, that positive feeling is more easily soaked up by a HSP. And that goes for your highly sensitive children – if you are radiating happiness, your HSCs soak that up from you. Try it – it really is so!

Make sure there’s enough of your happiness to be soaked up by others around you!

What Makes Highly Sensitive People Happy?

This list applies to children and adults alike:

Happy People

HSPs pick up negative moods easily and reflect them back so being surrounded with happy people has an incredibly positive effect on a HSP.

Banish the doom seekers from your daily life, those that permanently see the glass as half empty. They truly do impact how you feel when you are in their company.

Time Out

HSPs need bucket time after busy periods, after a working day, or at the end of a school day.

HSPs are easily overwhelmed as a result of their sensitive nervous systems, which work overtime to process stimuli around them. The busier it is the quicker their system is overwhelmed. Down time is a chance to empty out full buckets and recharge.

A Quiet Space

Having a space to retreat to when things get too much helps a HSC enormously.

It could be a bedroom, a reading nook, a play tent, a bench in the garden, a walk in nature. Anywhere quiet where a HSP can be alone.


Sleep is important for everyone, but for a HSP a good night’s sleep is essential. It’s the difference between a good and a bad day.

Many parents of HSCs learn the hard way. During the summer holiday for example they relax routines and HSCs go to bed many hours later than normal. The results of this the next day are often not positive……..


HSPs are deep thinkers and need meaning in their lives. There needs to be an overriding sense of purpose.

The importance of this is ingrained in all aspects of life, ranging from relationships to the workplace.

A question highly sensitives (adults and children alike) regularly challenges themselves with is: what am I on this planet to do?


Being in natural environments make HSPs happy. Highly sensitives have a natural affinity with nature and it deeply affects their moods.

Regular trips out in the woods, at the beach, in the mountains or in the countryside have positive effects on a highy sensitive’s wellbeing. Nature is a great bucket emptier.

Art and Music

Highly sensitives are deeply moved by artwork and music. The right piece of art or music will move a HSP to tears. It stirs deep emotions and can be soul lifting.


Most HSPs are incredibly creative. Creating poetry, prose, paintings and drawings, sculptures, models, journalling etc is an outlet for the deep emotions pulsating through many a HSP or HSC.

Creativity is a way of releasing and processing emotions.

Understanding and Acceptance

Highly sensitives respond to situations differently. Their needs are different to other peoples. And that means they need acceptance and understanding from loved ones around them.

Retreating from family life for half an hour to empty a bucket is not a personal snub.

Teasing because tears flow more easily cuts deep.

Saying no to social gatherings is nothing personal; time alone to recharge is as essential to a HSP as sleep and food.

Acceptance and understanding may well be the most important key of them all to a HSP’s happiness.

We are who we are. And we need to be loved and accepted for who we are.



About Amanda van Mulligen

Mother, writer, author, blogger. Born British, Living Dutch. I have three Dutch sons and a Dutch husband and I blog about Turning Dutch and raising highly sensitive children.
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