🌼10 of the Best Ways to Become Happier Now(CLASSIC)
Happiness creates success
10 of the best ways to become happier now
Happiness is a state where you are happy about life and can’t help but smile and feel good inside. It’s joy and contentment with things. People who are happy are successful.
Happiness is a state of mind. For example, when you are in a happy mood; you feel lucky, and you experience fortune.
Happiness creates success. Success doesn’t create happiness.
How does one become happier? Here are 10 of the best tips, according to research.
1. Be open to new experiences
When you are open to new experiences, you boost your happiness. Trying new things can be fun and exciting. You try a new food or pursue new adventures that you haven’t done before like skydiving.
Research shows being open to new experiences can get the creative juices flowing that sparks new ideas. Openness is about showing receptivity to a new perspective. It is one of the personality traits that impacts behaviour.
Being open inspires a more positive attitude toward the future. It’s hard to learn when you operate status quo and with the same ideas. When you push yourself and make yourself comfortable being uncomfortable, you grow.
2. Show gratitude
Expressing gratitude and being grateful can bring you happiness. Research shows giving thanks can make you happier. You can be thankful for your health, family, friends, food to eat, and a home to live in.
To show gratitude, make a list of things that make you happy. For example, at the end of every day, American talk show host Oprah Winfrey writes five things that she is grateful for. You could write simple or big things — whatever comes to your mind.
3. Do something challenging
Research shows that mastering a skill makes us happy in the long-term. When you do something challenging, your mind stays active and helps you activate your feel-good endorphins in your brain. To challenge yourself, learn a new language or try yoga.
Your happiness increases the most when you learn a skill you really want to learn rather than what others think you should learn. Challenge yourself and find real improvement. Overcome a fear, write for 30 or 60 days straight, or purge your closet.
4. Stop procrastinating
When you get things done, you’re accomplished. You feel happier. Don’t put off things until tomorrow.
“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” — Benjamin Franklin, a United States founding father
Research shows that procrastinating doesn’t make you happy. When you procrastinate, you waste previous time. All you need to do is finish the task.
An average person only lives 692,040 hours in a lifetime. You can’t get time back if you waste it. It’s important to remind yourself that you should log off social media and do whatever you have been putting off.
5. Connect with someone
Connecting with others is an integral part of your happiness. It provides fulfillment in life. It doesn’t matter how you connect — FaceTime, Zoom, phone, Facebook, email — the act of connecting with others will help you become happier.
Research shows if you want to be happier, focus on connecting with others. Satisfying relationships help you with your health and increase your changes of a longer life. If you have a strong network of relationships, you’ll be happier.
6. Express physical affection
Yes, hugs really do make you happy. Researchers at Penn State examined the impact of hugs. A group of students had to give or get five hugs a day. That group became much happier than the group that didn’t give or get more hugs.
Research shows that physical affection — a simple touch — increases your happiness. Expressing physical affection is important. If you want to know how happy a couple is, pay attention to how much they hug each other.
7. Be kinder
Research shows giving to others makes you happy, and people felt happier when researchers asked them to remember a time when they bought a present for someone else. Researchers say there’s a positive feedback loop between kindness and happiness, so they compliment each other.
There’s a powerful relationship between how happy you are and how much you give to others. Acts of kindness make the recipient happy and also make the giver happier. It’s a win-win situation.
8. Spend money
Spending money makes people happier than making money, according to researchers. In this study, they found that the ability to spend more money increased a person’s happiness more than their ability to earn money. Another study says adults are happier after spending money on a time-saving purchase such as a maid service or a lawn care service than on a material purchase like a new purse or wallet.
Having a lot of money won’t increase your happiness, but using your money wisely can, says experts. For example, money helps protect you and your family against stressful and negative experiences from simple things like a lack of food and shelter. Just like giving away your kindness helps you and others, the same goes with spending money.
9. Exercise more
Research shows exercise makes people happier than money. An Oxford and Yale study found regular exercise boosts your mental health more than a nice salary. There are five key benefits of exercise on your health and mind.
Physical activity improves your memory and thinking. You’ll feel a sense of achievement, reduces your anxiety, heightens your mood, and increases your energy with a vigorous workout.
Yet, over 80% of adults don’t meet government guidelines for exercising 30 minutes a day. Exercise helps you relieve your stress and lift your spirit. To be happier, make physical activity an integral part of your lifestyle.
10. Be more curious
According to author Todd Kashdan, who wrote the book Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life, says curiosity creates an openness to unfamiliar experiences. This lays the groundwork for greater opportunities to experience discovery and joy. When you are curious, you recreate the joy you had as children.
Curiosity is one of the most overlooked ways to cultivate your happiness. To boost your curiosity, play 20 questions, read a new book, and watch a National Geographic documentary on Disney+. Don’t stop learning because it’s an innate gift that brings us happiness.
Bringing it all together
Happiness is a state of mind. It’s fleeting because it changes by the hour. It’s important to find proven ways that increase your happiness. Some of these tips we discussed above may come naturally to you, while others may take more work. If you want to be successful, be happy first.
CONTRIBUTED BY Matthew Royse
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