When it comes to being happy, it’s important to focus on the physical, mental and social aspects of life. Read on to discover nine simple steps you can take to help boost your mood.
- Talk about something worthwhile. According to a recent study, engaging in small talk was connected with unhappiness, while deep, meaningful discussions were linked to happiness. So be yourself, be real and you just might be surprised with the kind of conversations you have.
- Have true friends to discuss real life issues with. When a person has multiple people with whom they can relate and be themselves around, they are 60 percent more likely to experience happiness, says another study. Having a friend you can call up when times are tough is often more important than one who only wants to stick around for the good times.
- Do something you love every day. Spending time doing the things you enjoy the most is good for you! Just 15 to 20 minutes of “me time” each day can help to make life a happier experience.
- Keep a journal. Write down your dreams and aspirations, visualize them coming true. Think about how you would accomplish your goals and make an action plan. Writing can be very therapeutic and can help to organize your thought processes.
- Spread your social butterfly wings and soar. Time and again, studies have shown those who join groups feel happier, more connected, less lonely and maintain stable relationships. So whether you join a walking club or a local soccer team — group participation may improve your mood.
- Hold yourself accountable. If you have goals, figure out how you’re going to make them happen and go after them! Studies have shown that people who set both short-term and long-term goals are happier than those who don’t.
- Choose positivity. Happiness is a choice. There are always at least two ways to view any situation, and if positivity is your frame of mind, life will be much more enjoyable.
- Anticipate happiness. Having occasions to look forward to, such as a fun concert, a night out with a friend or a weekend getaway, is key to maintaining a happy life.
- Be happy not being happy. It’s OK to not be happy 100 percent of the time. Being constantly happy is not natural – life ebbs and flows. Try to be more at peace with the tough moments in life, and realize they pass. Experiencing darkness helps us appreciate the light.
“Five Science-Backed Strategies for More Happiness,” Kira M. Newman, greatergood.berkley.edu, March 16, 2016.
“The Secrets to a Happy Life, From a Harvard Study,” Anahad O’Connor, well.blogs.nytimes.com, March 23, 2016.