21 Mar Making happiness easy – with 20 simple tips
Happiness is hard some times.
But that doesn’t mean it’s complicated.
Sometimes, the best way to enjoy more happiness, is to make things simple.
And these 20 happiness tips are super easy…
via MNN.com by Mary Jo Dilonardo
It’s not easy to be happy all the time. Sometimes life gets in the way.
The good news is there are plenty of things you can do to boost your mood and put a smile on your face. In honor of International Day of Happiness — or any day when you just need a boost — try one of these ways to put your mind in a more pleasant place. They’ll help you out when you’re feeling less than chipper.
1. Go outside. Take a stroll around your neighborhood or, better yet, go walk in the woods. Studies have shown that walking among trees makes us relaxed, nicer people. Even just smelling the trees eases anxiety. The more green space in a neighborhood, the happier people say they are.
2. Exercise. Most of us spend way too much time sitting around. That’s bad for our bodies, but also not so great for our mental health. Exercise modulates brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters. That includes dopamine, which regulates feelings of pleasure, as well as norepinephrine, which can help deal with stress. So find something you like to do and get moving.
3. Sleep more. When’s the last time you had a refreshing night of sleep? It’s common sense, but people who sleep well feel better. And when you feel good, you’re happier. A poll of more than 7,000 American adults found that those who reported getting more sleep had an overall better feeling of well-being than those who got less shut-eye. The National Sleep Foundation recommends getting a minimum of seven hours of sleep each night.
4. Smile. It might seem hard to fake a smile when you don’t mean it, but give it a try. Several studies have found that when people are in stressful situations or feel unhappy, if they force a smile, some of that tension melts away. Even a fake smile can make you feel a little happier, science says.
5. Help people. Generous people typically lead happier lives than people who do things that only benefit themselves. A 2017 study found that generosity makes people happier, even if they’re only a little bit generous. So go volunteer, donate or think about someone other than yourself. Everybody wins…
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