Keep Yourself Busy: Staying busy can be stressful, but not when you fill your calendar with things you love doing. According to a study published in the journal Social Indicators Research, spending less time in front of the TV and more time doing things you love will make you much happier overall.
In fact, unhappy people were 51 percent more likely to feel like they have too much extra time on their hands. So get out there and do something fun.
Get Yourself Some Flowers
Not only will a fresh bouquet of flowers brighten up your home, but they’ll also give you an instant boost of happiness. A study published in Evolutionary Psychology found the effect of flowers can actually last for days, making you feel happy far beyond the moment you bring them into your space.
Walk Taller Literally
Becoming happier just by changing the way you walk might sound crazy, but stay with us: A study published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry found standing up tall instead walking with your head down can instantly make you feel a little happier. The shift in posture will also make you feel more confident also a plus.
Indulge in Your Favorite Treat
No one’s going to argue with an excuse to eat chocolate. According to the Cleveland Clinic, having one to two ounces of dark chocolate a day that’s 70 percent cocoa or higher can majorly boost your mood, making you happy. Think of it as medicine, but for your brain.
Spend Money on Others
Maybe you feel like donating to a great cause, or maybe you want to buy a family member or friend something they’ve been wanting. Either way, a study published in the journal Science found spending money on other people can make you much happier than spending money on yourself. So do as Oprah does just don’t hide everything under everyone’s chairs.
Eat More Omega-3s
Omega-3s—AKA healthy fats like avocados, salmon, and nuts—don’t just help your brain function normally. According to the Cleveland Clinic, they also boost your mood, making you feel happier. So eat up!
Paint a Wall in Your House Green
Sure, it might not be a typical color you’d paint—but even creating a green accent wall in your home can have some mood-boosting benefits. A 2001 study published in the Journal of General Psychology found the color made adults super happy, so looking at it every day can increase those positive vibes.
Use Blue Light Therapy
If you can’t get enough sunshine, there’s another option available especially in the winter: blue lights. A study published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry found depressed adults who used an hour of pale blue light every day were much happier than those who didn’t. Another bonus?
The light also helped reduce some stress. You can even grab one for yourself on Amazon. 🙂 🙂