Count the things you are grateful for
There’s nothing like being a little grateful for upgrading your mood. Studies show that showing gratitude helps you feel happy. Try to write down three things you are grateful for each evening.
Meditation, meditation, meditation
The benefits of meditation are countless; but perhaps the most important of its positive aspects is its effects on mood. According to research, a few minutes of meditation break each day makes us happier.
Listen to music
Admittedly, there is nothing like a solo music session, and science seems to participate. Research shows that trying to improve your mood by listening to music is very effective for a positive mindset.
Even if possible, listen to sad music
Yes really. Listening to sad music helps positive emotions rise to the surface.
Call your mother
Get the phone. According to researches, hearing your mother’s voice helps reduce stress. And of course, less stress means more happiness.
Spend time with your furry friends
Play with your dog or hug your cat. Interacting with pets brings a sense of pleasure by increasing the release of oxytocin – the “warm and soft” hormone – in the brain.
Remind yourself how great you are
Research shows that self-acceptance is critical to a happy life, but unfortunately, it is a habit we rarely practice.
Give it back
We did not come to our place without a little help; So why shouldn’t we show the same generosity? Your well-being will not only affect other people; It will also make you happier.
Call happy people
Joy is indeed contagious. Research shows that the more positive people you surround yourself with, the happier you feel. It’s time to talk to your closest friends.
Cook a good meal
Are you sad? Get your inner chef out and run to the kitchen. You can feel happier by trying a new recipe for dinner.
Get a good workout
Exercise is beneficial not only for your body but also for your brain. When you begin to shed sweat, endorphins are released and you immediately begin to feel happy.
Spend money on experiences
A satisfying life is not in the properties acquired, but in the experiences we live in and the people with whom we share them. If you’re going to spend some money, spend it on a trip, concert, or any other experience you enjoy. Science says that this way you’ll be happier in the long run.
Plan a vacation
Travel anticipation is just as enjoyable as travel itself. Research has shown that preparing for a vacation increases our level of happiness.
Work for that promotion or get ready for that marathon. Challenge and innovation are key elements of happiness. The brain is stimulated by surprises, and successfully dealing with an unexpected situation creates a strong feeling of satiety.
Smile even if it’s fake
When your mood isn’t good, the last thing you want to do is smile; but smiling can turn your hanging face upside down. According to research, pretending to smile helps us improve our moods, even if it’s not sincere.
Take advantage of your backyard or stroll through a park you’ve never been to before; You will thank yourself for that. Walking outdoors, albeit short, increases your mood and reduces your stress level.
Make new friends
According to research, making new friends increases our happiness and well-being. Join a club, talk to your colleagues or start a conversation at the grocery store. You never know what kind of new connections you will make.
For a glass of milk
Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which helps create the happiness hormone serotonin in the brain. In other words, milk is very important not only for the body but also for the brain.
Take a hot shower
Isn’t a hot shower the definition of happiness? Already, researches show that a hot bath also warms us up.
Get enough sleep
Insufficient sleep causes your cognitive processes to slow down and increases the risk of depression. Try going to bed 30 minutes earlier each night or taking a short nap in the middle of the day.
Embrace the aging process
Many people give everything so as not to age; however, research shows that the older we get, the happier we are. Experts say this is the result of thinking more about positive experiences as we get older. Good reason to love birthdays, right?
Cry, let go
It may sound counterintuitive; but there is a possibility that it will work. According to researches, crying provides a positive improvement in mood with the flow of tears.
Keep track of the golden ratio
According to this theory, developed by psychologist Barbara Fredrickson, to be happy, you need to have three positive experiences for every negative experience you have.
Show your gratitude to someone by e-mail
Technology isn’t such a bad thing. Refresh your overflowing inbox with a slightly different type of mail. We fight the negativity so hard that we don’t even think of how powerful a two-minute positive email can be.
Your generosity will cheer up both you and the other person’s day. You can hit two birds in one stone with not too artificial compliments.
Find the perfect temperature
The air outside has a direct effect on how we feel inside. Happiness reaches its maximum at around 13.8⁰C, according to a study.
Keep one-sentence diaries
Sometimes the most mundane moments become the finest sources of happiness. Recording these daily and mundane events makes us even happier; Because looking back at them later helps us understand their value better.
Stop to smell the little flowers
The scent of happiness? As a result of a study on the effects of fragrances on happiness, it was seen that the participants in the flower-scented room chose three times more happiness-related items than the others.
Here’s a good reason to run to bed: Research shows that having sex reduces stress. Of course, how much is up to you.
Try first to be happy
Can you imagine yourself being happy? Some scientists believe this is conceivable. According to two experimental studies, imagining happiness in your hands improves your mood.
Try to lighten your work life
In Denmark, one of the happiest countries in the world, people spend much less time at work than in many places. Only 2% of Danes have long working hours. Still, full-time employees are able to dedicate 66% of their day to themselves.
Pay attention to spirituality
Spirituality and religion are associated with increased happiness. Sometimes it helps to know that you are attached to something bigger than yourself.
Celebrate small wins
Small and simple moments are powerful. To give a correct answer to a question or to catch your favorite song on the radio; enjoy the little “victories” of the day. When we take the time to notice the things that are going well, we win many small rewards during the day, and this affects our mood in a positive way.
Think happy memories
Research shows that nostalgia makes us happier and more optimistic. Maybe it’s time to go through the old annuals …
Skip simple conversations and go deep
Anyone can talk about the weather. Let your connection with the world deepen and start a satisfying conversation with someone; research shows that this increases happiness and peace.
Repeat a positive mantra
You can create your mantra yourself or find one online. Find an expression that makes sense to you. According to research, having a mantra helps us deal with bad feelings.
Spend money on someone else
Investing in others really pays off. According to a 2008 study, spending money on others increases one’s happiness.
Be a better listener
How much attention do you really pay to your conversations? According to researchers, the more we listen, the happier and more meaningful our lives become – especially in our relationships.
Take a selfie
When someone tries to judge you for your selfies, show them this: Taking selfies increases self-confidence and makes you happier, according to a 2016 study.
Talk to someone
Drop that phone right away and start real FaceTime. Humans are social creatures; so it is time to take advantage of these resources. Research shows that even being around people increases our happiness.
Lower your expectations
If you’ve ever had a faint Christmas or Valentine’s Day in your life, raise your hand. We know that when the bar is raised too much, expectations can result in disappointments. We’re not saying you have to drop the bar; but sometimes realistic expectations make you happier in the long run.
Try to be optimistic
There are many advantages to looking at the glass of life from the full side. Whatever the case may be, don’t stop trying to seek a glimmer of hope. Optimistic people are not just more cheerful; they also live longer. So plenty of extra time to be happy …
Finally, take a look at this smiling face