10 scientifically proven ways to be happier
Time.com reprinted an article from Inc.com with 10 scientifically proven ways to make yourself happier. I can’t reprint it all but I will give you some of the highlights. You should click the link to read it all.
Quick summary of the ideas, but click the link to read why it works.
- Exercise – even seven minutes a day can make you happier.
- Sleep more — Without sleep you are more sensitive to negative emotions and you actually remember negative things more clearly than positive things.
- Spend time with friends and family.
- Go outside. Even 20 minutes outdoors can greatly impact your mood.
- Help others – The article says 100 hours per year is the sweet spot for feeling better.
- Smiling – but not fake smiles, real smiles.
- Plan a trip even if you can’t take one. Just the act of planning or thinking about a trip can make you happier.
- Meditate – It clears your mind and calms you down.
- Shorten your commute. — Enough said Atlanta! No surprise there!
- Practice gratitude – I love this idea of keeping a gratitude journal or telling a friend or spouse three things you are grateful for each day.
I definitely feel happier when I fit in exercise and just even sit outside. I think I don’t get enough time doing fun with friends or family. (Obviously we have no family out here.) I need to work on meditating (see my later post on finding your happy place) and being thankful. I have no scientific evidence of this but I think humming and poppy music can make you happier too!
What things make you happy? Do you do any of these items? What did you think of the evidence of why they work?