10 Simple Things You Can Do To Make You Happier Backed By Science
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10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science
1. Exercise more
7 minutes might be enough.
It can help you to relax, increase your brain power and even improve your body image.
People who exercised felt better about their bodies.
Brain-releasing proteins and endorphins that make us feel happier.
2. Sleep more
You’ll be less sensitive to negative emotions
Sleep helps our bodies to recover from the day and repair themselves
The result is that sleep-deprived people fail to recall pleasant memories, yet recall gloomy memories just fine.
3. Move closer to work
A short commute is worth more than a big house
Having a long commute is something we often fail to realize will affect us so dramatically
4. Spend time with friends and family
Don’t regret it on your deathbed
Staying in touch with friends and family is one of the top five regrets of the dying.
Social time is highly valuable when it comes to improving our happiness, even for introverts.
5. Go outside
Happiness is maximized at 13.9°C
Making time to go outside on a nice day also delivers a huge advantage.
Twenty minutes is a short enough time to spend outside
6. Help others
100 hours a year is the magical number
100 hours per year (or two hours per week) is the optimal time we should dedicate to helping others in order to enrich our lives.
We scientists have found that doing a kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise we have tested.
7. Practice smiling
It can alleviate pain
Of course it’s important to practice “real smiles” where you use your eye sockets.
8. Plan a trip
But don’t take one
As opposed to actually taking a holiday, it seems that planning a vacation or just a break from work can improve our happiness.
The effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for eight weeks.
Rewire your brain for happiness
For improving focus, clarity and attention span, as well as helping to keep you calm.
Regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness.
10. Practice gratitude
Increase both happiness and life satisfaction
Sharing three good things that happen each day with a friend or your partner
Going out of your way to show gratitude when others help you
Writing letters of gratitude increased participants’ happiness and life satisfaction, while decreasing depressive symptoms.