Call A Good Friend
There is nothing better than reaching out to a good friend of yours, especially a long time friend and having a conversation with them out of the blue.
Revisit an old story from the past, plan a future time to meet up for drinks or dinner, ask them how their day is going and see if you can help them in any way.
In fact, it’s scientifically proven that having your best friend around you reduces your stress hormone cortisol and increases your overall self worth. This is based on an actual study conducted in 2011 by Developmental Psychology.
The effects of exercise, even in small doses, has been well documented and studied over the years to have positive effects on your levels of happiness.
In studies it’s been shown to reduce depression and lesson anxiety. If you loose weight, you can also increase your appearance and feel better about yourself and increase your self worth.
All of this leads to greater levels of happiness. According to the Journal of Happiness Studies (Yes that’s a thing, ha!), evidence showed a consistent positive relationship between physical activity and happiness.
Getting Stuff Done
I know I am not unique to this problem, procrastination! I have been known to procrastinate getting certain things done in my life. I put greater priority on some things, whereas I let other things slip to the side.
At the end of the day, when you complete something and move it off your list there is always a breath of fresh air that comes over me. Also, when getting something done, it starts the momentum to then getting something else done.
When I get things done, it has a positive effect on me. This can also reduce your stress levels or your cortisol levels because having something that you are procrastinating on could be hanging over your head and weighing you down.
In fact, according to Dr. Piers Steel, a professor of motivational psychology at the University of Calgary and the author of “The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done.” he states it’s actually a form of self harm!!
Just get it done and mark it off your list!
There is nothing better than getting outside after being stuck indoors for awhile and getting your skin exposed to the sunlight and your lungs full of fresh air.
In a study performed by the International Journal of Environmental Health Research, they found that just by spending 20 minutes outside in a park you can increase your overall life satisfaction by 64%!
That’s amazing! Whether your looking to reduce stress, improve your mood or just continue to feed your overall mental health, being outside should be top of your list.
Think Positively / Smile
There are so many negative people in this world, so needless to say I don’t recommend that you become one of those people. ha!
You can immediately change your mood if you just start the day or whatever you may be doing at the moment with a positive attitude and approach.
Even if your morning was bad, it doesn’t mean that your afternoon also needs to be bad. Oh by the way, in addition of approaching your next steps with a positive attitude, it’s also very important to have a smile on your face as well!
I mean it’s hard to have a negative outlook, when your smiling or laughing.
Meditation might seem weird to you to even consider doing, is it a cult is it a religion or is it for hippies, I don’t know right?
According to Psychology Today, there is many benefits to increase your happiness in life and you could even get smarter from it, if you can believe that!
Another study found that aging people who meditate regularly don’t lose their gray matter as fast as non-meditators. Not only can meditation prevent brain cells from dying, which typically happens as we age, but it can also boost the size of a person’s brain in several crucial regions. That’s “Smart”!
There has been many studies that show that when you smile, magic happens! Not only do you look better smiling, it also has positive health benefits.
According to Psychology Today, Did you know when you smile, dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are released within your body, the feel-good neurotransmitters!
Spend Time With Loved Ones
Humans were meant to spend time with the people they love. Loneliness can have a severe impact on your happiness to the point that it could cause you to die.
According to Psychology Today, researchers have found that loneliness is just as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes A DAY! Lonely people are 50% more likely to die of an early death than those who have healthy social relationships.
Take A Nap / Get Some Sleep
Sleep is one of the most important aspects of staying happy in life. Unfortunately it does take a 3rd of your life if you are doing it right.
Sleep deprivation has been linked to weight gain, risk for stroke, an increased risk of diabetes, depression and increased stress levels. Sleep is so important. It’s a factor in so many aspects of your life.
According to Harvard, after a sleepless night, your body is more irritable, short tempered and vulnerable to stress. Magically once you have a good night sleep, your mood returns to normal.
So this one might be a little bit harder if you have some of the other challenges mentioned in this article, however just waking up each day and telling yourself that you are going to have a positive approach and you are going to start the day with a smile goes a long way in being happy.
Happiness boosts productivity, reduces stress, increases your health and at times with focus can make you much more successful.
Finding Purpose In Life
According to Psychology Today, finding purpose in life is key to achieving happiness. Humans have a natural desire to achieve in life. They want to advance to the next stage and when they find success in their pursuit, they find increases in their level of happiness with their lives.
The greater purpose you feel like you are pursuing with your life, the greater satisfaction or happiness in regards to the purpose you will have.
Getting enough rest and eating healthy are a few of the tenants of happiness. If you are not happy with yourself, your body, you may not be able to be happy in life. If you are overweight, if may be more difficult to control emotions, anxiety and depression compared to if you had a completely fit body.
As the saying goes, you are what you eat. If you are always eating that fast food burger and fries, your body will perform poorly over time. If you feed your body with high value nutrition by eating really healthy foods, you will be rewarded for it.
This goes hand and hand with having purpose in life and its often not for everyone, however it might be for you and if it is, people will appreciate you for it.
There is not much greater good in this life that you can do by offering a helping hand without expecting anything in return. If you can find purpose in that, happiness will most certainly follow.
There are so many organizations through out the world that need your help. Give some of your time today and volunteer for a cause that matters to you, and give your life some increased purpose on this planet.