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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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.

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. 

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

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. 

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.

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

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

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. 

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.

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.

Get enough sleep

More sleep = A happier you. 

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

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

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.

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.

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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Happiness is a result of Habits
  1. Happiness looks different for everyone. For you, maybe it’s being at peace with who you are. Or having a secure network of friends who accept you unconditionally. Or the freedom to pursue your deepest dreams.
  2. Regardless of your version of true happiness, living a happier, more satisfied life is within reach.
  3. A few tweaks to your regular habits can help you get there.
  4. Habits matter. Make positive habits part of your routine to instil happiness daily.
Among the factors contributing to this were 
  • poor work-life balance
  • workers feeling underappreciated in their positions 
  • and 
  • people feeling obligated to respond to colleagues at all times, due to communication apps.

You control your happiness the same way you control your health, and If you can set goals for your health, you can do it for happiness.

Pursuing intrinsic goals, like learning a new language or taking care of your body, provides a sense of purpose and a feeling of control over your life, making you happier because you want to become better.

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