Scientists define happiness as the predominance of positive emotions over negative ones. And despite the fact that you can’t influence some conditions, there are ways to boost your mood. Especially since happy people live longer and fuller lives, they are physically healthier and even smell better, according to scientists.
1. Spend more time outdoors
Walking around will give you back the energy you lost sitting up at the computer or phone at home. Contemplating wildlife (trees, bushes, and other grasses) will improve your morale (not to mention the vitamin D you get from the sun). But don’t feel bad if everything you see daily is made of concrete.
Scientists believe that even pictures of wildlife stimulate the parts of the brain responsible for happiness, contentment, and emotional stability.
2. Start sport exercising
Daily physical activity, even if it’s 15 minutes in the morning, when you’re waving your hands smartly in front of the window, is good for both physical and emotional well-being. When you exercise, your body produces endorphins at full throttle.
So your gym membership will pay off in the long run, not only physically, but also psychologically. That is, of course, if you use it.
3. Get more sleep
Good sleep makes you happier, while chronic sleep deprivation leads to depression, overeating, and even lowered IQ. However, you’ll hardly notice it, because you’ll be sluggishly chewing your eighth stale dumpling.
4. Get a hobby
Let’s face it, hanging out on social networks and YouTube can’t be considered a full-fledged hobby. But extreme driving lessons, Argentine tango or playing the ukulele are. A challenge to oneself leads to a feeling of happiness, as does gaining new knowledge and making new acquaintances. This is where we would advise against betting on the ukulele. Even though Marilyn Monroe played the instrument in “Only Girls in Jazz,” the second time might not be so lucky.
5. Write down your negative emotions
Make a diary, a notebook or a file with the extension *doc on your computer to trust him your complaints about the neighbor or boss and moaning about the icy cold of eternity (but in any case do not publish in social networks). According to psychologists, by giving an outlet to negative emotions, you reduce their impact on yourself.
6. Indulge your weaknesses
Sometimes it’s worth letting yourself relax, because too much self-control may make you better, but it won’t make you happier. Besides, laziness can be effective. We have already talked in detail about why it is useful in our blog.
7. Eat Right
Eating right and saturating your body with all the substances and micronutrients it needs will improve your mental state and physical fitness. For this purpose, eat fruits and vegetables. In addition, calcium and iron make you happy.
8. Less self-criticism
Sometimes your worst enemy can be yourself. Who knows all your mistakes, blunders and awkward situations better than you? So instead of finishing what you started with murderous self-criticism, in a moment of weakness it’s better to focus on what’s good in you.
9. Set goals for yourself
And accomplish them. The feeling of satisfaction that you have achieved a result gives your mood a boost. And even if the goal is long-term and difficult, the very movement toward it boosts your mood. What’s more, even setting goals makes you happier.
10. Share your problem with your friends and loved ones
No one likes complaining, especially if you have to listen to it. But, nevertheless, complaining and expressing your concerns, you look for ways to solve the problem, which increases your mood. The main thing is not to get carried away with it and not to tell everyone about your problems.