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45 Ways To Be Happier Instantly

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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45 Ways To Be Happier Instantly

45 Ways To Be Happier Instantly

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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 in that joyous feeling.

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.

Call your mom

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

Meditate

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

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 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.

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.

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.

Get enough sleep

More sleep = A happier you. 

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

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. 

Show your appreciation

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

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.

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.

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. 

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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Happy people are responsible
  • They don't hold on to grudges. Forgiving and forgetting is absolutely necessary.
  • They don't make excuses. They use failure as an opportunity to change for the better.
Happy people are well rounded people
  • They savor the moment. They "stop to smell the roses".
  • They're busy, but not rushed. A healthy work-life balance is key.
  •  They don't sweat the small stuff. They focus only of what is important and within their control.
Happy people invest in their relationships
  • They spend money on others. One reason is that it creates social connections.
  • They celebrate other people's success through "active and constructive" responding.
  • They treat everyone with respect and kindness. Kindness, like happiness, is contagious.
  • They're proactive about relationships. They work on maintaining their relationships.
  • They express gratitude. It improves mood and energy and decreases anxiety.
  • They engage in deep, meaningful conversations.

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