Life is so busy, hectic and filled with challenges. There are also myriad opportunities for personal enrichment, satisfaction, friendship, love, finding purpose and doing good for others. Still, while the desire for and pursuit of happiness can sometimes seem elusive or fleeting, there are effective ways to increase your happiness
Go on a Hike
Putting on your hiking boots and taking a stroll out in nature does a lot for your happiness levels. A study published in the journal Ecopsychology found those who took walks outside were significantly less depressed. And even better, that time spent outdoors also helped them handle any stress that popped up in their lives.
Bust Out Your Dancing Skills
It’s time to get your groove on whether you’re a great dancer or only prefer moving your booty in the privacy of your own home. A study published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found dancing often even just once a week! can significantly improve your mood, and the results last for months.
Burn a Vanilla Candle
Sure, clementines smell great but a vanilla bean scent is also a great way to make you instantly happy. A study in the journal Chemical Senses found it made participants super happy and also nice and relaxed AKA an unbeatable combo.
Loving yourself isn’t always easy, but once you realize just how great you are, you’ll feel much happier. A study from the University of Hertfordshire found although people practice it the least, self-acceptance whether that’s just being as kind to yourself as you are to others or spending some time alone to really get to know and accept yourself is a proven way to boost happiness levels. Obviously, it’s not as easy as playing with your dog, but it’s so important.
Take Yourself Out to Lunch
Instead of eating at your desk again, take the time to treat yourself to lunch at a nearby restaurant. Getting away from the office, getting a little sunshine, and eating some good food will instantly boost your mood and make you feel happier for the rest of the day. (Plus, everyone can use a little time away from their boss.)
Make an Effort to Meet New People
Meeting people isn’t always easy especially as an adult. But according to a study published in PLOS One, going out on a limb and making some new friends in person rather than online will make you much happier.
Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Sleep
A lack of sleep can lead to depression, says the National Sleep Foundation, but getting the recommended amount each night which is 7 to 9 hours can do the opposite. When you wake up after getting some serious shut-eye, you’ll feel refreshed, energized, and incredibly happy.
Keep a Gratitude Journal
Whether you want to write down parts of your day you really enjoyed or jot down a list of things you’re thankful for each night, a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found people are much happier when they focus on the positives in their lives. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy, either even mentioning you loved going on a walk with your dog counts.
If you really want to be happier, don’t let yourself get away with being unhappy 🙂 🙂