Friday, 17 June 2016

10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier

Happiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it

 I would love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science. Here are ten of the best ones I found.

 1. Exercise more – 7 minutes might be enough

 2. Sleep more – you’ll be less sensitive to negative emotions

 3. Move closer to work – a short commute is worth more than a big house

 4. Spend time with friends and family – don’t regret it on your deathbed

 5. Go outside – happiness is maximized at 13.9°C-This is pretty good news for those of us who are worried about fitting new habits into our already-busy schedules. Twenty minutes is a short enough time to spend outside that you could fit it into your commute or even your lunch break

 6. Help others – 100 hours a year is the magical number

 7. Practice smiling – it can alleviate pain-Smiling itself can make us feel better, but it’s more effective when we back it up with positive thoughts

 8. Plan a trip – but don’t take one-If you can’t take the time for a vacation right now, or even a night out with friends, put something on the calendar—even if it’s a month or a year down the road. Then whenever you need a boost of happiness, remind yourself about it

 9. Meditate – rewire your brain for happiness-Meditation is often touted as an important habit for improving focus, clarity and attention span, as well as helping to keep you calm. It turns out it’s also useful for improving your happiness:

 10. Practice gratitude – increase both happiness and life satisfaction-There are lots of ways to practice gratitude, from keeping a journal of things you’re grateful for, sharing three good things that happen each day with a friend or your partner, and going out of your way to show gratitude when others help you