Everyone wants to be happy in life. While individuals may define success or measure happiness differently, there are some basic qualities of a happy life that seem to be universal.
Studies have shown that no matter where you begin in life, how you consciously live through your adult years will determine your overall lifelong happiness more than your financial situation, or even your happiness at an earlier age.
Fake It Until You Make It
You smile when you’re happy and frown when you’re sad, but forcing yourself to slap a grin on your face. When you’re feeling down can actually boost your mood. A study published in the Journal of Pain found expressing emotion can make you feel that emotion. Even if you’re faking it at first.
Become an Optimist
Becoming an optimist is easier said than done. But there are some major benefits to living that glass-half-full life, one being that. You’re much happier, says a study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. No matter what’s going on in your life, looking on the bright side will help improve your mood.
Spend Time at a Park
Being out in nature is a huge mood-booster even if you just lay out a blanket and read at the park. A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found the more green space you’re around, the happier you feel. (And yes, your backyard totally counts.)
Don’t Work So Much
Once you get home at night, don’t you even dare think about firing up your laptop to do more work. Research from the Better Life Index has shown. Those who live in Denmark are some of the happiest people in the world, and guess what? Only 2 percent of employees work long hours. So get rid of your work-all-day mindset and take a breather to relax. Spend time with the people you love once you’re done for the day.
Talk to Your Family Especially Your Mom
It’s hard to find time to call home, but it’s crucial for your happiness: A study from the Stanford University School of Medicine found talking to the family especially your mom! is basically like getting one of her hugs. You know, the ones that made you feel better instantly as a kid. Evidently, nothing can’t beat the power of a mother’s voice.
Buy Experiences, Not Things
While it might be tempting to spend your hard-earned money on the latest tech gadgets or new clothes, a study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology found material objects don’t bring as much happiness as a life experience, like a trip to a place you’ve always wanted to visit.
Get Some Sunshine
While being trapped in a gloomy, dark room can make you feel down. Getting outside into the sun can perk you right back up again. A study published in the journal Dermato Endocrinology found increasing levels of vitamin D helped improve the participants’ moods.
Take a Selfie
Just ignore anyone who gives you a weird look when you’re doing it. A study published in the journal Psychology of Well-Being found those who snap photos of themselves on the regular were actually happier. Overall particularly because they’re more confident and comfortable in their own skin.
Learning how to live better and feel more positive about the world around you can help you live a happy and meaningful life 🙂 🙂