10 Ways to Improve Happiness

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This post is a summary of an article published by Higher Perspective

Making the following 10 activities part of every day will ensure you have a happy day.

1. Exercise More — Seven minutes per day might be enough to make a difference.

2. Sleep More — You will be less sensitive to negative emotions.

3. Move Closer to Work — A short commute is worth more than owning a big house. A commute, or more specifically traffic, has a powerful impact on our happiness because the commute is something that usually occurs two times per day and five days per week.

4. Spend Time with Family and Friends — Don’t wait until it is too late.

5. Spend Time Outside — One study found that spending 20 minutes outside in good weather not only boosted positive mood, but broadened thinking and improved working memory.

6. Help Others — 100 hours per year is the magical number.

7. Practice Smiling — In addition to its other benefits, similing can allieviate pain.

8. Plan a Trip but Don’t Take One — Planning a vacation or just a break from work can improve our happiness. A study published in the journal, Applied Research in Quality of Life showed the highest spike in happiness came during the planning stage of a vacation as employees enjoyed the sense of anticipation.

9. Meditate — Rewire your brain for happiness.

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10. Practice Gratitude — Increase happiness and satisfaction. There are many ways to practice gratitude: keeping a journal of things for which you are grateful, sharing good things from the day with a spouse or friend, and going out of your way to show gratitude when others help you.

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Thanks to Wendy for sharing the article with me; Higher Perspective for committing its resources to writing and posting the article; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the pictures and text I used in this post.

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