45 Ways To Be Happier Instantly
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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.
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.”
Give someone else a compliment. Your generosity will make your day and theirs.
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.
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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