10. Walk with pep: Scientists say even if you’re not feeling happy, walking tall with swinging arms helps you feel more positive.
9. Smile: When you smile like you mean it by lifting the corners of your mouth. you can change your brain’s chemistry and feel happier.
8. Volunteer: Find ways to get involved in your community or help out a friend in need can help yourself, too, because helping other people can improve your mental health and well-being.
7. Make new friends: Studies show the more connected you are, the happier you are. So make sure you maintain old friendships, but also be open to new relationships, whether it’s someone you meet at the office, gym, or church.
6. Exercise: It can take as little as 5 minutes for exercise to put you in a better mood. Moving your body also has good long-term effects because regular exercise helps keep depression at bay and prevents Alzheimer’s and other diseases.
5. Music: Music can have a powerful effect on your emotions, so listen to your favorite music mix and get into the groove.
4. Sleep: You’re more likely to be happy when you get enough sleep. Most adults need 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night to stay in a good mood.
3. Forgive: Are you holding a grudge? Let it go. Forgiveness frees you from negative thoughts and makes more room in your life for inner peace, which in turn brings you happiness.
2. Pray: Meditating for an hour a week brings joy, peace, and contentment. It’ll also create new pathways in your brain to make it easier for you to feel joy. Prayer is a powerful form of medidation!
1. Be thankful: Count your blessings by writing down everything that’s good in your life, and be grateful for them.