Ten Steps To Make You Feeling Happy
Are you happy? Do you want to be happy is so, why not do something NOW. Follow the happy people.
Did you know even politicians are taking an interest – David Cameron recently put forward the proposal of creating a national happiness index to measure how happy we british are.
And even science is getting in on the act. There are scientists investigating happiness and asking such questions as:
- Are there happiness genes?
- Are there neural correlates of happiness?
- What even is happiness?
Happiness has a huge impact on our health, from your arteries to your heart, from the glow in your skin to the pep in your step. There is a case how by simply laughing can cure cancer, posted by the cancer center.
Happy feelings influence your brain and body chemistry in ways that make you better able to cope with pain and stress and to fend off illness. The effects of happiness on your health can be even bigger than the effects of quitting smoking. If you’re happy, you’ll likely to live longer and definitely live better!
And being happy isn’t just luck. You can make yourself happier. Here are ten ways to get started:
1. Meditation eases stress, improves sleep, strengthens immunity, and measurably increases happiness.
2. Hang out with happy friends. Your chances of happiness increase by 15% if someone in your immediate social circle is happy.
3. Take a break. Don’t worry if you’re among the 80% who say their jobs don’t thrill them. Even a few minutes of doing something you love reading, knitting, watching or sunset can reduce anxiety and improve your mood.
4. Talk nicely to yourself. Is your inner voice quick to snap out things like, “How could you forget that, you idiot?” Trade put-downs for encouraging words; they set you up for success.
5. Connect. Talk — really talk — to people you care about; you’ll both benefit by connecting. Get physical, too; hugs stimulate oxytocin, the “cuddle hormone,” spreading a feel-good boost.
6. Keep a gratitude journal. Simply writing down what you’re thankful for makes you healthier and more optimistic.
7. Don’t sit around. Physical activity is a significant happiness booster. Get moving for 30 minutes a day – brisk walking, jogging or yoga. Find some kind of exercise you like – and do it!
8. Listen to music. Whether you love rock or the Beastie Boys, music that makes you feel good increases your heart and breathing rates and makes your brain release dopamine, a lovely feel-good neurotransmitter. Did you know music or strocking your cat (pets) can lower your blood pressure!
9. Help others in need. Volunteer at a charity shop, hospital, or shelter. Giving back adds more meaning which is essential to happiness in your life.
10. Go outside. Spending time with Mother Nature makes you feel alert, enthusiastic, energetic, and, simply happy.
Tip: PUT A BIG SMILE ON YOUR FACE