While happiness might mean something completely different to each person, everybody wants at least to not feel bad, everyone wants to feel joy at some points in their lives. Everyone wants to feel more positive emotions than negative ones. But, as we all know, life can get stressful and depressing more often than not. With this happiness hacks, you will find small and helpful ways to boost your mood, enhance your overall well being and welcome joy and positive feelings. Even some small change in attitude can go a long way in improving your quality of life, and you can start implementing them as soon as…today. Here are 50 amazing happiness hacks!
Spend money on others
According to a 2011 study published in the Journal of Happiness studies the real and lasting happiness come from spending money on others instead of on yourself. So, start buying gifts for your friends and family.
Probably no one is going to be shocked about this, but a University of Warwick study found that sleeping well is key to improve your quality of life and improves your physical and mental health.
Stop Trying to Be Happy
Like with everything, if you try too much to be happy, you might end up not being happy at all. A study published in 2018 in “Psychonomic Bulletin & Review”, found that trying too hard might end up in you feeling miserable.
Step away from the TV
Too much TV time might be detrimental to your happiness, according to a 2018 study published in Emotion magazine, that found that people that spend too much time in front of the screen were less happy than those who had face to face interactions.
Spend time outdoors
Even a brief hike outdoors can totally improve your happiness, according to a study published in “Landscape and Urban Planning” in 2015. The study also found that spending time outdoors can also improve your memory and decrease anxiety.
Interact with other people
The “Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin” published a study that found people are happier and their mental health is completely improved when spending quality time with loved ones.
Enjoy the Little Things in Life
Contrary to what many people might think, a 2016 study published in “Journal of the Association for Consumer Research” found that actually, the simple things in life (and not the big ones) are those who give people more lasting happiness.
Be nice to others
Being kind can make you happy, according to a 2016 study published in “Open science framework”, and even what would seem like a small kindness act like compliment someone can really improve your day (and theirs!).
Eat More Fruit And Vegetables
Eating healthy, like upping your fruit and vegetable consumption, can improve your quality of life and overall happiness, according to a research from the University of Warwick, Australia.
Practicing self-acceptance, also known as the rebellious act of loving yourself, can totally improve your happiness according to the University of Hertfordshire, England. So start today!
Get some exercise
Exercise is not only good for your body, but also for your mental health, according to a study published in the “Journal of Happiness studies”, so the sooner you start working out, the sooner you’ll feel better physically and mentally.
Practice Vuja De
While Deja Vu is a feeling of familiarity, of something that already happened to you before, the opposite, Vuja De, can be beneficial, because you can see familiar people and situations through new, refreshing, eyes.
Enjoy Life Unexpected Turns
Start thinking about your own failures or problems as plot twists that are inevitable, and that make your life more interesting. Don’t dwell on them, they happen to you because you are alive.
According to a study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), meditate can increase happiness and decrease anxiety and stress. You just have to sit, focus on your breath, and forget about the world that surrounds you.
Spend Money On Experiences Instead Of Material Things
Instead of accumulating stuff, accumulate experiences, like traveling to new places. A study from San Francisco State University found that true happiness comes from meaningful experiences that make lasting memories.
Wear bright clothes
Something so apparently meaningless like the clothes you use can actually influence the way you feel. According to a study from the University of Hertfordshire, what we wear has an effect on our moods, and wearing bright clothes might improve it.
Practicing gratitude can actually reduce your risk of depression and anxiety, according to a research of the University of California that showed that gratitude can facilitate happiness.
See the glass half full
A study in “Personality and Individual differences” found that seeing a glass half full might make your life easier, and even if you can see the downsides and regrets of a situation, moving past them will make you feel better in the long run.
Go to a music concert
Even if concerts can be sometimes expensive and you might not be in the mood to go to an overcrowded place, a study published in “Psychology of Music” found that dancing and attending concerts are associated with overall happiness.
Get Involved In Causes You Care About
Getting involved in a cause you care about can enhance your happiness, according to a study published in the “International Journal of Happiness and Development”. So get involved, be an activist! Improve someone else’s life (and yours).
Even small acts of generosity can change your overall mood, according to a study published in “Nature Communications”. So cut out on the selfishness and start performing small acts of generosity daily.
Stop Postponing Happiness
A negative thought many people get caught in is “I’ll be happy in summer, I’ll be happy when I graduate, I’ll be happy when I marry, etc”. This way of wishing your life away and waiting needs to be eradicated if you want to feel happy ever.
Celebrate Stuff That Didn’t Happen
Celebrate the bad things that never happened to you, like that time you didn’t have an accident, or that your parents are still alive, etcetera. It can be refreshing, it can make you grateful, and celebrating is always fun!
Learn Something New
Learning new things and specializing in topics that interest you can totally improve your happiness, according to a study published in the “Arts and Health” journal. It can also boost your self-confidence.
Even singing in the shower can improve your overall mental health and help you deal with depression, according to a study published in 2017 in the journal “Medical Humanities”.
Gardening can totally improve your day, according to an article published in the “Journal of Physiological Anthropology”, that found that spending time surrounded by greens and plants can be great for decreasing stress and anxiety.
Doing creative tasks like painting, coloring, crafts, pottery, etc, can totally boost your mood and make you feel happy, according to a research published in the “Journal of Positive Psychology”.
A study published in 2017 in the journal “Frontiers in Psychology” found that the ancient practice of Yoga carries many benefits and it only takes two minutes of practicing it to improve your mood.
Take short naps
While taking longer naps isn’t necessarily beneficial, naps under 30 minutes have proven to be great for mental health, energy, and mood, according to a 2017 study from the University of Hertfordshire, England.
Be Aware Of The 90/10 Principle
This principle states that, while 10% of your well being depends on what happens to you, 90% of it depends on how you actually react to it. So try to stay resilient: nothing bad lasts forever.
Call your mom
A study published in the journal “Proceedings of the Royal Society B” found that calling your mother regularly gives you an instant boost of mood and a lasting feeling of well-being.
Fake It Till You Make It
A study in “Psychological Science” found that faking happiness, even if you have to make an effort to smile, can actually decrease your stress levels and give you actual joy. So, you know, start faking it.
Take A Bubble Bath
A study of the University of Nottingham, England, found that relaxing with a bubble bath can turn a regular day into a happy one, and even make you feel lasting happiness if you do it regularly.
Avocados contain 20 essential nutrients that will totally boost your health and improve your mood, with its potassium, vitamins E and B and folate combination. It will also leave you full so you’ll avoid overeating.
Any day can get better when you add a little reading to it. Just read your favorite novel or a book about a topic of your liking. It will actually make you feel that the time spent doing it was worthwhile.
Meet new people
Instead of focusing on building online relationships, you should be trying to meet new friends face to face, according to a 2013 study published in the “PLoS One” journal. Making a lasting friendship can have a great impact on your well-being.
Find your life purpose
Like that’s easy! According to the Mayo Clinic, that’s one of the main ways in where people achieve happiness. If you figure out what you love doing, everything else will fall into place eventually.
Trekking through nature can lower anxiety and depression, boost your immune system and give you a lasting feeling of well being, according to a study published in the journal “Ecopsychology”.
While it was thought that coffee wasn’t good for you, a decade-long study published in “Archives of Internal Medicine” found that drinking coffee can lower the risk of depression and improve overall happiness.
Chocolate can be a total happiness booster, according to a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. To remain healthy, try to eat one that’s at least 70% cocoa.
Plan a vacation
Even planning a vacation will give you pleasure, according to a 2010 study. Anticipating the fun you are gonna have while on the trip can be as pleasing as the trip itself, said the study.
Step Away From Social Media
One real friend will bring you more happiness than 500 facebook ones. If you try to cut your social media consumption in half, you will soon notice how your mood starts improving, according to a study published in “Computers in Human Behavior”.
Quit your job
Leaving your job might not be for everyone, but according to a study published in the “Work, Employment and Society” journal, becoming your own boss means you will be happier than working for someone else.
Watch Old Homemade Movies
Getting together with family and watching homemade old videos while feeling nostalgic can totally boost your happiness levels, according to a 2013 study published in the “Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin”.
Get Vanilla Scented Candles
The journal “Chemical Senses” published a study that found that vanilla scent is the one that makes you feel more relaxed and optimistic. So, next time you are shopping for scents, make sure they are all vanilla!
Cook Your Favorite Food
Cooking alongside your family or friends can totally boost your mood, according to a study published in the “Journal of Positive Psychology”. Cooking will make you less stressed and happier, and enjoying it with the ones you love is even better!
If You Live In A Big City…Go To The Park
If you aren’t lucky enough to live next to the mountains, even grabbing a book and a blanket and going to the local park will instantly boost your mood, according to the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Other medicinal foods that can make you feel great are mushrooms, that are rich in antioxidants (that lowers anxiety) and great sources of Vitamin D (that improves your mood).
Listen to music
Listening to music triggers the nucleus accumbens, the part of your brain that releases dopamine (a feel-good chemical), and it also lowers anxiety and helps relaxing. So bring on the headphones and rock on!
The practice of mindfulness can be extremely rewarding because it is about stopping and looking around you, being aware, slowing now and noticing the beauty in the ordinary, finding joy in the little things in life.