Live for the moment and not the Facebook update. Always say please and thank you to anyone doing anything for you. Sometimes you can either choose to be happy or choose to be right. Always choose to be happy. Accept that things are exactly the way they are supposed to be at this exact moment. Acceptance is always the answer. Get rid of most of your stuff.
Our possessions weigh us down. Create something new every day. Get used to creating. Recognize that the things you think are bad or terrible often turn out to be great in the long run. Think back in your life and see how this is true. Be okay with feeling good about yourself and being happy. Know that you are worthy of happiness. Forgive people. Read at least one book per month.
Connect with two new people each week.
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Reconnect with one old friend each month. Breathe deeply and pay attention to your breathing at least once per day.
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Patience is a virtue. Drink water. Lots of it. Get a mentor. Listen to them. Your first thought is usually wrong. Develop spiritual life based on something. Talk to someone under the age of 7 regularly. Learn from their outlook and zest for life. Same as above with someone over Get a good nights sleep every night. Do something nice for at least one person each day. Do it anonymously.
Do your own research. Learn a new word each day. Bad things do happen in life. Spend time at the park. Say I love you to at least one person each day. Smile more. Be okay with the fact that not everyone is going to like everything you do. Remember that what other people think of you is None of your business.
Try not to multitask.
Just be. Want to get more stuff like this? Get Free Email updates! Pin Use them as resistance during a set of lunges or squats, or you can lift your hamper above your head a few times to strengthen your arms and shoulders. Giving yourself something to look forward to has the potential to lift your mood. In the Journal Of Experimental Psychology , researchers tested how people respond to future events versus reflecting back on them after they happen.
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Turns out, study participants' emotional reactions heightened when they thought about the occasion before it actually occurred. For example, the subjects got more excited about a ski trip in the future than they did about a getaway in the past.
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While adopting an attitude of gratitude won't necessarily change your circumstances, it can shift your energy and alter your perspective. Instead analyze how grateful you are," recommends Dr. Caroline Leaf , neuroscientist and author of Think, Learn, Succeed , who has also served as an advisor on a mental health initiative committee for the White House. Also, try setting a daily phone alert to remind you to take a second to appreciate your life.
Besides the fun you'll have dancing to upbeat tunes, there's actually science to back up the notion that uplifting songs can positively impact your brain. Being kind to others and giving back ignites the pleasure centers in the brain that are responsible for releasing endorphins.
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Shane suggests using something you're good at to help. If you love to bake, bring cookies to to a local hospital's staff. Or, if you adore shopping , find a charity that accepts toys, winter coats, or other items for people in your community who can't afford them. Perhaps you're great at giving advice. Contact your local high school and offer to mentor an academic or sports team. Disconnecting from technology, social media, and work frees up time to engage in other hobbies and activities that bring you joy.
But let's face it: If you have a job that requires you to check your email frequently, or you can't resist posting that adorable photo on Instagram, perhaps you can start with the small goal of not checking your phone 20 minutes before bed. Researcher YoungAh Park, PhD of Kansas State University reports that people who unplug after work hours solve problems in a more proactive manner and are more engaged at work.
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We need time to replenish and recharge our batteries. Flipd , the free Android and iOS app , allows you to lock time-consuming apps and games for a set of period of time, helping you to create a distraction-free zone without thinking about it. If you have an iPhone, take advantage of the settings available with the new Think of the "Downtime" function as giving your screen a nap.
When you select this, only the apps and phone calls you select will get through so you won't miss a call from the babysitter, but you can ignore, well, everyone else. Or, try "App Limits," which lets you schedule daily times to use certain apps. For example, if you're at work, you can obstruct Facebook, or when you're at home, you can block the workplace chat app, Slack. There's a reason why Dick Van Dyke encouraged fans to " put on a happy face " in the musical film, Bye Bye Birdie. It actually works.
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Smiling, particularly when you don't feel like it, can impact how you feel and reduce stress. However, in spite of the benefits, you shouldn't feel pressured to do so. There's nothing more annoying and, frankly, sexist than walking down the street and having a stranger tell you to smile. An amusing study by the University of Cardiff in Wales found that people who could not frown due to botox injections were happier on average than those who could frown.
As if you needed another excuse to bury your nose in a good book. In a study by Mindlab International at the University of Sussex , researchers concluded that reading for six minutes a day can reduce stress levels by 68 percent. A study found that those who read for 30 minutes a week are 20 percent more likely to be satisfied in their life than non-readers, and 21 percent less likely to experience feelings of depression.
Sometimes good enough is good enough. Exercise to boost energy. Exercise is one of the most dependable mood-boosters. Even a minute walk can brighten my outlook. Stop nagging. If anything, more work got done. Plus, I got a surprisingly big happiness boost from quitting nagging. Why did I get to set the assignments? Take action. Taking time to reflect, and making conscious steps to make your life happier, really does work.
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