Defining happiness is difficult, as happiness is actually a state of mind. What makes you happy may be quite different from what makes your neighbor or your officemate happy. Still, despite being hard to define, there’s something about happiness that has universal appeal. Virtually everyone drives for it, but not everyone will reach it. One recent Harris Poll found that, despite an ostensibly recovering economy, only one in three Americans said they’re very happy, which means, of course, that two out of three are not. Yet, as abstract, and at times as elusive, and happiness may be there are proven ways to make yourself happier and you can do many of the things starting today.
Some ways to stay HAPPY&POSITIVE
1. Exercise more often is one of the best strategies for overcoming depression. Indeed, it can have a dramatic impact on your mental health.
2. Get proper sleep, a lack of sleep makes it more difficult to recall pleasant memories.
3.Nurture your relationships, friends and family means everything in life, and research shows spending social time with your friends and loved ones generally makes people much happier.
4.Smile, putting a fake smile can worsen your mood, but thinking positive thoughts and then smiling as a result can make you happier.
5. Meditate, meditation helps you keep your mind focused, calms your nerves and support inner peace. Research shows it can even lead to physical changes in your brain that make you happier.
6. Help others, volunteering can lower your risk of depression and anxiety, and simplifying boost your psychological well-being.
7. Spend time outdoors, simply going outside to get some fresh air and sunshine boosts mood, broadens thinking and improves working memory.
8. Practice gratitude, people who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their goals.
9. Plan a vacation, it might be the simple act of planning a vacation can make you happier even if you don’t actually go on one.
10. Shorten your commute, if you can move closer to where you work, or work closer to where you live, do it. A long commute is stressful and draining, even if it allows you to buy a bigger house or have a better job.
These are just somethings you can do every day to maintain a happy joy-flow and to help keep a positive mindset.
By Dr. Mercola