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.