We all want to feel happy. In fact, in most polls people say that they want happiness more than anything else in the world.
Imagine feeling happy all the time? How would your life be different? What would you need to do to get there?
The answer to how to find happiness was recently revealed to us thanks to a British research project. According to their findings, there are several factors involved in happiness.
Boiled down and based on this research, here are 10 tips for feeling happy:
1. Stop and think how fortunate you are.
Think of five things in your life that you are grateful for right now. Then do this throughout the day and especially at the end of the day before you go to sleep. The feeling of gratitude is directly related to happiness.
2. Keep in touch with loved ones.
Make phone calls that you keep promising yourself you will make. Contact the friend with whom you haven’t spoken for a while or whatever the case may be. We know that maintaining a happy feeling is directly related to maintaining our relationships with the people we love.
3. Have a good laugh at least once a day.
Laughter helps to stimulate our health too. Research shows that laughter is important for people who survive a heart attack. It has been found that people are less likely to have a second attack, need less medication and have lower blood pressure if they allow themselves to see and laugh at humorous situations each day.
4. Plant something and nurture it.
When you water and feed plants they grow. When you water and feed the seeds of your interests, they grow too.
5. Treat yourself.
Give yourself a treat every day and take the time to really enjoy it. Be good to yourself. This simple act breeds self confidence and positivity and happiness!
6. Make time to talk to your partner.
Every week sit down for at least an hour and talk with your partner or someone you love. That’s one hour without answering the phone or texts or watching TV or listening to music. One uninterrupted hour with your loved one boosts happiness.
7. Limit media time.
How long do you spend watching TV? Research show that too much TV actually causes unhappiness. So make an effort to cut your viewing time by half.
8. Do for others.
Every day do something good for someone else.
Make the effort to engage in regular exercise. Guaranteed to reduce stress, make you feel good and boost happiness.
10. Every day smile at and/or say hello to a stranger.
Smiling is not only good for the person receiving it also makes you feel good too.
Implement these 10 ways to be happy into your life for two months and see the difference it makes. It works.