Things Happy People Do

Life is never short of challenges that alter our frame of mind from being happy to sad, angry or cheerless. Ever wondered what happy people do to stay happy? Here are some of their secrets.

According to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Southampton, thinking of happy times can improve our mood and make us happy. It is the feeling of nostalgia that contributes to our sense of optimism, making us feel happier. So if you’re feeling down, just think of the happy times and you’re good to go.

Smiling also greatly helps uplift our mood. In 2003, researchers from Clark University found that smiling triggers happy memories.

Are you a religious person? Or are you in touch with your spirituality? Did you know praying is associated with greater happiness and well-being? It also relieves stress.

If you want instant stress relief, laughing can do the trick. A good chuckle also boosts mood and reduces anxiety and depression symptoms.

Good deeds also contribute to your happiness and well-being. Perform at least a single act of kindness each day and you’re on your way to contentment, researchers from the University of California said. You can volunteer at your community center or help an old lady cross the street; any little thing can go a long way for your well-being.

Do you have a long commute to work? Put on some happy music. A study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology reveals that happy music can result in elevated mood for the listener.

If you’re feeling pressure at work, take a nap or grab a tea or coffee break. These little pleasures can rewire your brain, shifting the polarities from negative to positive.

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