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Strengthen your body daily

Strengthen your body daily
  • Adopt a healthy diet, in the long term. You must have the right fuel to push your body and increase strength and stamina. 
  • Exercise. Aim for 5 days a week minimum. Push yourself so your heart is racing for at least 10 minutes to get the full cardiovascular benefit.
  • Create a daily ritual to help make you strong. It should leave you feeling happy and ready to take on your day.

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Happiness through progress

The true secret to lasting happiness is progress.

As long as you are moving forward on your path to a higher state of being, you can feel good about yourself and your journey along the way.

Feed  your mind

What you feed your mind is what you become. So give your mind the most nutritious content possible.

Read biographies of great people who have achieved amazing things and endured massive challenges. This will help you put your own life into perspective and gain insight. 

Get a role model

Models give us templates for how to be better people as well as how to feel happy.

If someone is repeatedly successful, it’s not just luck. Watch your role model work, see how they do it and then replicate to achieve the same result. The same rationale can be applied to feeling happy.

Proximity is power

When we stay around people who are comfortable, there’s no impetus to grow. No stretch, no improvement.

If you want to know how to feel happier, spend time with others who share your passions or who can teach you something new.

Give to others

Giving will change your state of mind in positive ways.

No matter how bad things may seem, find someone who’s worse off than you and help them. You can give them food, have a conversation or help them solve a problem. Whether it’s large or small, offer something to others and don’t expect anything in return.

Spend time outdoors

Living near green spaces and regular exposure to fresh air is associated with a better mindset and feeling happy.

Sunlight produces vitamin D, which is important to fight depression, and nature sparks curiosity and wonder.

Get plenty of sleep

Feeling happy is much easier when you’re well-rested and able to face the day with optimism and energy.

Create some healthy habits that help you power down in the evening and prepare your brain and body for sleep. Say no to commitments that keep you from adequate rest.

Listen to upbeat music

Music activates the brain’s reward system. This explains why we start feeling happy as soon as one of our favorite tunes comes on. 

Music can act as medicine, a mood enhancer and a powerful form of self-expression.

Practice self-care

Practicing self-care on a daily basis is the key to how to feel happier because we cannot live a full life unless we treat ourselves well.

Take some time every day to do nice things for yourself. It can be as little as getting an espresso at your favorite café or taking a 30-minute nap before going out to meet friends.

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Endorphins

Endorphins are hormones and neuro-signalling molecules that function as painkillers. They inhibit the transmission of pain signals in the central nervous system by binding to opioid receptors (the body’s natural morphine).

Endorphins & dopamine are often confused because each one is a chemical that makes you happy in the broad sense of the term. However, they are in some ways related because, when endorphins bind to receptors of the central nervous system, dopamine (the pleasure hormone) is released.

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How to know if you're depressed

Depression symptoms can vary, but it always results in living in a negative state. 

Common signs include:
  • Feeling hopeless or a lack of energy and interest in things that used to bring you happiness. 
  • Restlessness or constant negative thought patterns. 
Life is progress, not perfection

It doesn't work like a check-list: You can't check each item off, get to be happy and old for a couple of decades, then you die. Problems don’t go away, they change and evolve. And accepting life's imperfection is hard because it forces us to accept that we have to live with things we don’t like.