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7 proven ways to make you happier

provenhappiness2Happiness is an elusive feeling for many of us. Some people are even prone to depression, especially perinatal or postnatal depression. The ways to become happy are so subjective to each person – what makes YOU happy? Is that what makes anyone else happy too? Sometimes not. Fortunately, there are some proven ways to boost your mood and make even just that little bit happier. Combine them – and you’ll be happier in no time.

1. Exercise

Even just 10 minutes a day is enough to boost your mood significantly. Exercise is even effective against depression. In a study, it was proven that exercise alone works better as a cure for depression than medication alone, or a combination of the two. The relapse rate of those who only exercised with at least a third of the rate of the other two groups.

Exercise can also help just with relaxing and relieving stress. Just by doing ten or twenty minutes of exercise, you can cause your brain to release endorphins, which make you happier.

2. Sleep more

We know that sleep rejuvenates your mind and body, but it has also been proven that you focus on more positive things when you’ve had enough sleep. You’ll notice and focus on the more negative things in your life if you haven’t had enough sleep.

It’s been proven that the part of the brain that manages positive memories (hippocampus) is affected lack of sleep before the part that manages negative memories (amygdala). This causes you to focus on negative things more when over-tired.

3. Go outside

Whether it’s just on your lunch break, or with the kids, a little time in the sun can make a world of difference to someone who is feeling down. In a study, the participants were found to be much happier outside, in a natural environment, rather than urban, indoors environments.

4. Help others

It sounds odd, but making someone else feel good, or helping them with something, will in turn make you feel happier. So doing something like volunteering for a charity, or simpler like shouting your friend lunch, can make you feel a lot better about yourself, and make you happier.

5. Practise smiling

Even if you don’t feel like smiling, just practising the muscle movements can make you feel better. Remember to use your eyes to smile too, so it isn’t just a fake smile where only your lips move. Bringing up good thoughts that cause you to smile more will help a lot too.

6. Plan a  trip

Regardless of whether you take the trip or not will still make you feel better. Usually it is the anticipation of going away somewhere on holidays that makes you happiest. So plan something for a year’s time, and if it never happens, at least you’ve been made happier by the thought of going.

7. Practise gratitude

Be thankful for all that you have and all that you are. Remind people that are important to you that you are grateful for them being in your life. You could even keep a journal or diary of all the things you are grateful for, and each day, take the time to notice what you are grateful or thankful for that day. These things will be the same most days, but will differ with the different people you see and place you go.

These helpful hints for finding happiness and the image were taken from an article on Business Insider, and we are grateful that we found the article in the first place. There, don’t we feel happier already?

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