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45 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

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...

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Count your blessings

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

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Remind yourself how great you are

 Studies show

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Call your mom

Research suggests hearing your

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Meditate

Research shows that allowing yourself a few moments of zen-like escape each day

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Listen to music

Research shows that trying to boost your mood while listening to music actually can help

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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 i...

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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 expe...

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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 deal...

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Get enough sleep

More sleep = A happier you. 

Too little shuteye

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Embrace the aging process

Most people wish they could avoid aging, but studies show that we’re

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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

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Stop to smell the flowers

One study on how scent affects joy found that participants who were in a floral-scented room select...

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Try to cut back on work

Residents of Denmark, one of the

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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 Wei...

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Time for yourself

According to experts, choosing to spend time by yourself can help your social relationships. Solitude can also help you regulate your emotions. It can have a calming effect that prepares you to bet...

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.

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What creates happiness in the brain

  • Dopamine: The happy chemical that our brain releases when we see reward or pleasure in sight.
  • Oxytocin: A hormone and a neurotransmitter, it gets released when we...
  • Happiness as a choice

    Once you realize that happiness is predominantly an internal process, you will gradually understand that happiness is also a choice, and you will be able to transcend the limits of what it is that makes you happy.

    Learn something new

    ... even if it's stressful. Mastering a new skill means more stress now but more happiness later.

    The key is to choose the right new skill to master, a challenge to undertake, or ...

    Friends near you

    Geographically close friends (and neighbors) have the greatest effect on happiness.

    Individual happiness cascades through groups of people, like contagion. So make friends with people who live near you.

    Embrace opposing feelings

    Happiness can come from noticing and embracing a wide spectrum of emotions--both good and bad. 

    So don't ignore negative feelings. Embrace them--and then actively work toward overcoming whatever issues you face.

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