50 Easy Ways To Become a Happier Person

Do you want to be happy? Of course you do, who doesn’t?!  Here are 50 easy ways to achieve a better,...

Do you want to be happy? Of course you do, who doesn’t?!  Here are 50 easy ways to achieve a better, happier life! 

This one is before #1 so I put this item in special category. To be happy you must follow this #0 Method!

#0 Make enough money to meet your basic needs. Studies have shown that anything beyond that amount will not necessarily make you happier.
 
1. Smile, smile, smile

Even if you don’t feel like smiling, do it anyway. “Your facial muscles send messages to your brain telling you to experience that positive emotion,” counselor AH Biswas says.

2. Enjoy the sunshine

About one-third of Australians lack vitamin D, which can cause depression. During summer, get a few minutes of sun in the morning or late afternoon. In winter, you need 20 minutes.

3. Dress up

A UK survey of 100 women found that wearing clothes that flatter the figure helps to set a positive vibe for the day.

4. Take up yoga

“Yoga will give you more energy and focus,” instructor Charlotte Dodson says.

5. Say “Ohm”

Meditation improves brain and immune function, a US study shows. Just 30 minutes a day can make a difference.

 

6. Stop and smell the flowers

Students exposed to a floral scent used three times as many happiness-related words in an essay.

7. Use fruity scents

Citrus scents have been proven to banish negative moods. Add some to your bath, oil burner or even grate some peel into a salad.

8. Travel when you can.
Travel can open your eyes to the world and offer a fresh new perspective.

9. Take a dance class

Swedish researchers found that dancing boosts mental health and mood.

10. Watch a tearjerker

Forget comedies. Apparently sad movies cheer us up more.

11. Be social

“Catch up with friends: it’s good for your health and happiness,” Sheedy says.

12. Have a hug

“Touch can increase the happiness chemicals oxytocin and serotonin,” author Gretchen Rubin says.

13. Grow older

Stanford University found ageing leads to more emotional stability and compassion.

14. Kiss

A US study reveals kissing is a key indicator of long-term relationship satisfaction.

15. Strike a pose

Lie with your legs up the wall, advises Dodson. “It will soothe your nervous and hormonal systems.”

16. Let love in

“Happiness is love” – that was the finding of George Vaillant’s Grant Study, after following 268 Harvard men for 75 years.

17. Get lippy

Many women swear lipstick lifts their spirits. It even has a name: the Lipstick Effect.

18. Eat chocolate

Swinburne University of Technology research found that dark chocolate increases calmness and contentedness.

19. Have a coffee

Caffeine increases your dopamine transmission.

20. Live near friends

Living near a cheerful friend raises your likeliness of happiness by 25 per cent, according to a Harvard study.

21. Paint rooms blue

You may feel blue, but colour experts say that painting your walls the hue of the sky can bring a sense of calm.

22. Enjoy a new experience

We’re not only happier when we have new adventures, but our moods are lifted the moment we book or buy them.

23. Take a walk

Exercise releases endorphins, which translates into happy feelings. Aim to walk 10,000 steps a day.

24. Get Naked

Older married individuals with a satisfying sex life are happier, according to a study presented at the Gerontological Society of America. Our cheerfulness also increases if we believe that we’re getting more action than our neighbours.

25. Run a bath

A warm bath helps boost your mood, Dr Anthony Grant and Alison Leigh say in their book Eight Steps To Happiness.

26. Pick up a book

Those who read are happier, a University of Maryland study has found.

27. Play a game

A study found 91 per cent of families report that playing games together improves their mood.

28. Jump in the pool

Swimming laps helps the brain replace cells that have been lost through stress.

29. Go fish

Populations eating most fish have the least depression. One study found fish oil boosts the effectiveness of Prozac.

30. Go with the flow

Early research suggests tai chi may help to improve mood as well as mobility.

31. Write it down

List three good things that happen to you each week to feel happier, psychologist Aleks George says.

32. Crank the sounds

Research from the University of Missouri found that listening to upbeat music can improve your mood.

33.Grow a plant

A US survey of 298 people found most gardeners were happier than those who didn’t get their hands dirty.

34. Borrow books

Regularly visiting a library can equal the happiness you’d feel after a $2600 pay rise.

35. Procreate

Studies found parents were happiest around the birth of their children.

36. Limit treats

Over-indulging in fatty, sugary foods often leaves us feeling worse than ever.

37. Hit the surf

Research shows positivity and tranquillity increase after just 30 minutes in the ocean.

38. Get outside

Being at one with nature for 20 minutes a day significantly boosts your vitality levels.

39. Walk tall

Your posture can affect your mood, so pull those shoulders back and strut your stuff.

40. Exercise

“Moving more could be the first step to a happier life,” Dr Tim Sharp of The Happiness Institute says.

41. Get a pet

A survey found those with a pet had higher self-esteem and a sense of belonging.

42. Think like Popeye

Iron is required to help our bodies make energy. The result? A happier, clearer mind. If you’re taking an iron supplement, down it with orange juice to help absorption.

43. Eat fruit & veg

A UK study found that more than a third of people with good mental wellbeing ate five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

44. Ditch the car

Walking or cycling to work can boost your mood and help you feel focused.

45. Exercise with friends

“When we have other people to share the experience with us, it makes the journey more enjoyable,” Sharp says.

46. Go skiing

South Korean research found skiers were happier after just one day on the slopes.

47. Do good

Donating your time to others will leave you happier and less prone to illness.

48. Follow a formula

Live in the moment, think of others, take care of your body, do what you love – that’s the key of psychologist Todd Kashdan.

49. Go to bed

A US study shows an extra hour of sleep each night makes us happier than earning $70,000 more a year.

50. Mow the lawn

Cutting the grass releases a chemical that can make us feel happy and relaxed, University of Queensland neuro­scientists say.


Now Sing in the shower. It doesn’t matter what you sing, just make sure you belt it as loud as possible. Stay Happy!

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