Been feeling down in the dumps lately? Sometimes when we’re unhappy, we get overwhelmed by the thought of everything we need to do in order to actually turn our lives around. At times like these, there is a better approach a simpler one, an easier one.
Sometimes before you can make big changes to your life, you need to make small, simple changes that help lift up your spirits and refresh your perspective. Here are simple things you can do to be happier today!
Too much complaining can probably make you feel a little down in the dumps but don’t avoid it altogether. A study published in the Journal of Social Psychology found those who expressed their complaints to someone who could fix them made them feel relieved and also much happier after getting the weight off their shoulders.
Hug Someone You Care About
Whether it’s your doorman or best friend, getting a hug can make you feel instantly happy. Multiple studies have shown physical touch releases oxytocin in the body, which can improve your mood. So find someone to wrap their arms around you even if you have to put up one of those “Free Hugs!” signs to do it and you’ll be feeling better in no time.
Draw a Soothing Bath
One of the best ways to beat stress is to get cozy in a warm bath and it boosts your happiness levels too. A study from researchers at the University of Nottingham found even though it’s a simple pleasure, it’s one thing you can do to positively impact your well-being.
Listen to Music You Love
Load up your go-to playlist and press play: Music is super powerful when it comes to your emotions, and a study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found those who boosted their mood via their favorite songs made them feel happier, and that was only for 12 minutes. Just imagine what double that can do for your well-being.
Go to the Nearest Animal Shelter
Don’t have a dog at home you can play with? Visit the nearest animal shelter. By getting some time with your new furry friends (and doing some volunteering in the process), you’ll be feeling on top of the world by the time you leave. And if you’re serious about a shelter dog, don’t miss our in-depth guide to adoption.
Spend Some Time in the Kitchen
Whenever you want to feel happier, head to the kitchen. A study from the Journal of Positive Psychology found those who did everyday things like cooking and baking when they were stressed ended up feeling more joyful overall. Plus, eating decadent brownies or your favorite meal probably helps a little too…
Take a Trip Down Memory Lane
According to a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, a little nostalgia can make you feel joyful because of how comforting it is. Whether it’s thinking back to a pleasant childhood memory of listening to a song you loved in high school, you’ll get an instant jolt of happiness.
Go Get a Massage
There’s nothing wrong with spoiling yourself occasionally especially if it can better your mental health in the process. By getting a massage, you’ll get into deep relaxation-mode and come out feeling refreshed, happy, and totally zoned out.
Always remember that you decide the meaning, purpose, and value of your own life, and no one else’s meaning or happiness can ever replace your own. So be true to yourself. You’re worth it 🙂 🙂