Scientific research has shown that if you undertake these small daily tasks you will be that much closer to being the happiest that you’ll ever be. These 10 tasks seem simple enough, so stop moping and get the hell on with it.
1. Spending money on other people
A study published in the Psychological Bulletin stated that “the happiest people were the biggest givers, no matter what thye earned”.
2. Documenting three highs of your day
Professor Martin Seligman from the Univeristy of Pensylvania has proven that those who write down three good things that happened in their day were happier. They don’t have to be monumental highs of your day, but if you had your favourite chocolate, it counts as good thing. Unless you’re diabetic.
3. Be adventurous
People who have new and exciting experiences in their lives are happier, according to research. Going against your daily routine can have positive outcomes. Apart from being happier your motor function will improve. Which makes you more likely to survive a zombie apocalypse, anyway.
Delaying gratification – waiting for something awesome that is predestined to happen, like that scheduled massage – has an enduring effect on your ability to feel happy.
5. The colour blue
Univeristy of Sussex researchers published results showing that when people are exposed to the colour blue their level of stress is reduced, their self confidence increases and their level of happiness is increased too. So much for “feeling blue”.
6. Setting goals
Psychologist Jonathan Freedman is of the opinion that those people who set goals for themselves are happier than those who do not. While Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin stated that positive feelings are activated when people work towards a goal.
7. Sleep, sleep, sleep
Ensure you have a well rested night – six hours and 15 minutes worth of sleep, to be exact. And those hours should not be interrupted. A study by Yeo Valley asked adults from the ages of 18-65 to rate their level of happiness out of five. The study showed that those who slept the required six hours and 15 minutes were happier.
8. Cut travel time
Yeo Valley also found while conducting the study that the happiest respondents were those who took 20 minutes or less to travel to work daily.
9. A romantic relationship
A study from Cornell Univeristy showed that people in a romantic relationship were happier than those who did not have a significant other. The happier the person in a relationship the higher the level of commitment between the two indiviuals.
10. Act happy
If you are not at your happiest level yet, smile your way through the sad times. This can make you “feel better”. Studies show that simply smiling can improve your mood and make you happier.
[Source: Business Insider]
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