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Ways To Be Happy ..
by: .. Charmaine Yabsley .. Body -n- Soul ..
Being happy needn’t cost the earth .. Here are some sure-fire ways to cheer yourself up ..
1 .. Smile, smile, smile ..
Even if you don’t feel like smiling, do it anyway. “Your facial muscles send messages to your brain telling you to experience that positive emotion,” counsellor Luke Sheedy says.
2 .. Dress up ..
A UK survey of 100 women found that wearing clothes that flatter the figure helps to set a positive vibe for the day.
3 .. Take up yoga ..
“Yoga will give you more energy and focus,” instructor Charlotte Dodson says.
4 .. Say “Ohm” ..
Meditation improves brain and immune function, a US study shows. Just 30 minutes a day can make a difference.
5 .. Stop and smell the flowers ..
Students exposed to a floral scent used three times as many happiness-related words in an essay.
6 .. Use fruity scents ..
Citrus scents have been proven to banish negative moods. Add some to your bath, oil burner or even grate some peel into a salad.
7 .. Watch a tearjerker ..
Forget comedies. Apparently sad movies cheer us up more.
8 .. Be social ..
“Catch up with friends: it’s good for your health and happiness,” Sheedy says.
9 .. Kiss ..
A US study reveals kissing is a key indicator of long-term relationship satisfaction.
10 .. Strike a pose ..
Lie with your legs up the wall, advises Dodson. “It will soothe your nervous and hormonal systems.”
11 .. Let love in ..
“Happiness is love” – that was the finding of George Vaillant’s Grant Study, after following 268 Harvard men for 75 years.
12 .. Get lippy ..
Many women swear lipstick lifts their spirits. It even has a name: the Lipstick Effect.
13 .. Eat chocolate ..
Swinburne University of Technology research found that dark chocolate increases calmness and contentedness.
14 .. Have a coffee ..
Caffeine increases your dopamine transmission.
15 .. Live near friends ..
Living near a cheerful friend raises your likeliness of happiness by 25 per cent, according to a Harvard study.
16 .. Paint rooms blue ..
You may feel blue, but colour experts say that painting your walls the hue of the sky can bring a sense of calm.
17 .. Enjoy a new experience ..
We’re not only happier when we have new adventures, but our moods are lifted the moment we book or buy them.
18 .. Take a walk ..
Exercise releases endorphins, which translates into happy feelings. Aim to walk 10,000 steps a day.
19 .. Get Naked ..
Older married individuals with a satisfying sex life are happier, according to a study presented at the Gerontological Society of America. Our cheerfulness also increases if we believe that we’re getting more action than our neighbours.
20 .. Pick up a book ..
Those who read are happier, a University of Maryland study has found.
21 .. Play a game ..
A study found 91 per cent of families report that playing games together improves their mood.
22 .. Jump in the pool ..
Swimming laps helps the brain replace cells that have been lost through stress.
23 .. Go fish ..
Populations eating most fish have the least depression. One study found fish oil boosts the effectiveness of Prozac.
24 .. Go with the flow ..
Early research suggests tai chi may help to improve mood as well as mobility.
25 .. Write it down ..
List three good things that happen to you each week to feel happier, psychologist Aleks George says.
26 .. Crank the sounds ..
Research from the University of Missouri found that listening to upbeat music can improve your mood.
27 .. Grow a plant ..
A US survey of 298 people found most gardeners were happier than those who didn’t get their hands dirty.
28 .. Limit treats ..
Over-indulging in fatty, sugary foods often leaves us feeling worse than ever.
29 .. Get outside ..
Being at one with nature for 20 minutes a day significantly boosts your vitality levels.
30 .. Get a pet ..
A survey found those with a pet had higher self-esteem and a sense of belonging.
31 .. Think like Popeye ..
Iron is required to help our bodies make energy. The result? A happier, clearer mind. If you’re taking an iron supplement, down it with orange juice to help absorption.
32 .. Follow a formula ..
Live in the moment, think of others, take care of your body, do what you love – that’s the key of psychologist Todd Kashdan.
33 .. Be altruistic ..
Buying gifts for others or for charity boosts your happiness levels, and more so than if you treated yourself.
34 .. Be grateful ..
“It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful,” Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast said.
35 .. Don’t look back in anger ..
Viewing bad memories in a more optimistic light can help make life happier.
36 .. Open your heart ..
“Keep your heart open and form real connections with others,” doctor of Chinese medicine Shura Ford says.
37 .. Log off ..
Spending time away from social media can boost your overall wellbeing.
38 .. Eat quinoa ..
A serving a day of quinoa will boost your mood.
39 .. Go nuts ..
Walnuts contain high amounts of serotonin, which your brain needs to feel calm and happy.
40 .. Munch on a crunch ..
Crunchy foods trigger the release of joyful dopamine and norepinephrine.
41 .. Stop bitching ..
Sniping about others may feel good now, but forgiveness has greater long-term benefits.
42 .. Go green ..
A US study found green tea can boost dopamine, which is linked to good moods.
43 .. Seek it ..
“Living with deliberate curiosity will bring you more happiness than accidental certainty,” psychologist Lindsay Spencer-Matthews says.
44 .. Believe ..
Having spiritual beliefs has been linked to levels of increased happiness.
45 .. Fail ..
Failing at something leads to a greater sense of achievement when you finally reach your goal.
46 .. Do nothing ..
“Being still and simply observing your thoughts is one of the best ways to listen to your body and intuition,” Dodson says. “Stillness teaches you to enjoy what’s going on right now.”