Sometimes the daily stresses of work and family can leave us exhausted and feeling a little low. So how can you take a minute for yourself and recharge your happiness batteries? While we’re all individuals and happiness is a personal state, there are some universal elements and simple practices that we all can employ that will boost our overall happiness.
Here are some simple life changes that you can use to boost your happiness!
- Drink Water Throughout the Day. Believe it or not, one of the simplest ways to improve your mood is to drink plenty of water. People who drink a glass of water upon waking up, and then every hour throughout the day have been shown to have higher levels of energy and more positive emotions.
- Meditating. Regular meditation practice has been shown through research to increase the daily experiences of positivity. This can increase general life satisfaction and decrease depressive symptoms. Meditation forces you to release negative thoughts and stay centered in the present moment, lowering stress.
- Getting Adequate Sleep. Research has proven that getting a full night of sleep every night improves your overall life satisfaction. In fact, over 90% of people who consider themselves “perfectly happy” average at least 7 hours and 6 minutes of sleep a night.
- Exercising. Exercise doesn’t just improve your physical health, it also improves your mental well-being. Just three 20-minute sessions per week can have a dramatic effect! Whether it’s going for a brisk walk or run, or taking a spin class, adding exercise to your routine will boost your mood!
- Learn Something New. Taking the time to learn new skills can contribute to your overall happiness. Research has shown that making an effort to learn something new boosts happiness and self-esteem in the majority of adults. Take a class, read a book, learn something new and you’ll reap the emotional benefits.
- Teaching. Not only learning boosts your happiness, teaching someone something new has also been shown to boost self-confidence and happiness in 63% of adults. If you’ve ever taught a child or adult a skill then you know the happiness you feel when someone understands a new concept thanks to your efforts.
While there’s no magic bullet for happiness, simple, mindful daily practices like these can have you well on your way to a happier life in no time!