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Ways To Be Happier Instantly

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ways-to-be-happier-instantly_n_58cc0e1fe4b0be71dcf46b1a

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Ways To Be Happier Instantly
Sometimes it can feel hard to keep up a happy state of mind. The emotion, like all the others, isn't always permanent. But there are ways to keep it up or boost it when you need it ― and luckily, they're simpler than you think.

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Spend time with furry friends

Spend time with furry friends

Play fetch with Fido or sneak in a few cuddles with your kitten. 

Interacting with your pets can release oxytocin in the brain ― you know, the “warm and fuzzy” hormone ― resulting in that joyous feeling.

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Count your blessings

There’s nothing like a little thankfulness to boost your mood. Research shows expressing gratitude can make you happier

Try writing down three things you’re thankful for at the end of each night.

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Remind yourself how great you are

 Studies show self-acceptance is crucial to a happier life, but it’s a habit we barely practice.

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Call your mom

Research suggests hearing your mom’s voice can help reduce stress. And less stress means a happier you.

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Meditate

Research shows that allowing yourself a few moments of zen-like escape each day may make you happier.

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Listen to music

Listen to music

Research shows that trying to boost your mood while listening to music actually can help lift you to a more positive state

Studies also suggest listening to sad music can help boost positive feelings. 

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Give back

We didn’t get to where we are without a little help, so why not extend that same generosity to someone else

Not only will your kindness influence others, but studies show it’ll also make you happier, too.

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Spend money on experiences

A fulfilling life doesn’t lie in our possessions, it’s found in the experiences we have and the people we share them with. 

Spend money on a trip, a concert or any other experience that will bring you joy. Science says you’ll be happier in the long run.

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Challenge yourself

Work for that promotion or take on that marathon. 

It’s a lovely treat for your mind, according to Gretchen Rubin “The brain is stimulated by surprise, and successfully dealing with an unexpected situation gives a powerful sense of satisfaction.

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Get enough sleep

Get enough sleep

More sleep = A happier you. 

Too little shuteye slows down our cognitive processes and increases the risk of depression. 

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Embrace the aging process

Most people wish they could avoid aging, but studies show that we’re happier as we get older

Experts theorize this could be because the older we get, the more we reflect on positive experiences. 

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Show your appreciation

Give someone else a compliment. Your generosity will make your day and theirs.

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Keep a one-sentence journal

Research shows recording these everyday events may make us happier later on because we appreciate them a lot more when they’re revisited. 

In other words, if you ate a scrumptious chocolate brownie on Wednesday, write it down.

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Stop to smell the flowers

Stop to smell the flowers

One study on how scent affects joy found that participants who were in a floral-scented room selected three times as many happiness-related terms than negative terms.

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Try to cut back on work

Residents of Denmark, one of the happiest countries in the world, spend less time than most Americans in the office. 

Only 2 percent of Danes work long hours, which is categorized as 50 hours per week. And full-time workers still devote 66 percent of their day to self-care, like eating and sleeping. 

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Celebrate little victories

There’s power in small moments. 

I think when we take time to notice the things that go right — it means we’re getting a lot of little rewards throughout the day,” Susan Weinschenk, author of How to Get People to Do Stuff.

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Spend Time Outdoors

Spending time outside of your apartment can lift your mood. 

If you are unable to get outside, add greenery to your space, for some plant therapy.

Volunteer

People who volunteer are likely to have higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness.

Help someone else out who really needs it.

Eat Healthier

Regularly eating foods that are filled with nutrients can help you feel more positive and energetic. You will feel better mentally too.

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Make Your Bedroom A Haven

Sleep and happiness go hand in hand. Try to make your bedroom conducive to good sleep as much as possible.

Soundproof it and cut light as best as you can; that includes keeping away any gadget that will tempt you to surf the web.

Drink Tea

Theanine, which is present in green and black tea, reduces anxiety and will calm your nerves and make you happy.

So whenever you're feeling stressed because things aren't going your way, grab yourself a nice cup of tea to calm your nerves.

Time for yourself

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Take time to be idle

Being overly busy with long to-do lists has become a way to communicate status. Although being busy is not a real status indicator, the impact is real and it contributes to burnout, anxiety and stress-related diseases.

Doing nothing can be a great productivity tool for recharging.

Casual friendships

Having weak ties (neighbors, your favorite bartender, or fellow members in a spin class) can have a positive impact on our well-being by helping us feel more connected to other social groups.