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10 Scientific Ways to be Happy

1. Start a Daily Gratitude Practice

Writing down a few things you're grateful for can make a huge difference in mood. Studies confirm the positive effects on counting blessings versus burdens on your mood.

2. Get Outside In the Sun

Vitamin D deficiency is tied to depression so try to get 10-20 minutes of exposure each day.

3. Make Time For Exercise

Exercise releases endorphins, a mood-boosting chemical. Studies show that long-term physical activity is linked to happiness!

5. Get More Sleep

Participants in a study who slept 4 hours a night showed declining levels of optimism and sociability as a function of days of inadequate sleep.

5. Meditate More

Many studies have shown the positive effects of meditation on brain health as well as anxiety and depression reduction. It was also shown to improve sleep quality.

6. Treat Yourself to Flowers

Flowers are shown to have a more positive emotional improvement than the group gifted candles.

7. Smile More Often

Participants who smiled during a stressful activity had lower heart rate after the activity than those who didn’t.

8. Eat More Fruits & Veggies

Diets rich in fruits and veggies are associated with greater happiness and positive well being

9. Spend Quality Time With Positive People

The happiest people spend 25% less time alone, 70%  more time talking, and had 2x as many deep conversations. Happy life is social rather than solitary.

10. Plan A Trip

People tend to be happier in anticipation of an experiential purchase rather than material goods.

Remember, You don't have to be sick to get better !

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