Easy Ways to Find Daily Happiness
Some days being happy seems like it’s the last thing you could possibly do. Some days, it’s not as tough. That’s life.
On those days when you aren’t able to tap into that happiness, unfortunately, it also seems as if you’re unable to get anything done. Turns out you’re not alone — happiness is directly correlated to productivity.
In short, the happier you are, the more productive you are. A number of studies have been done to prove this, so don’t just take our word for it.
And we all would love to be more productive, right? It turns out that improving your productivity and your happiness may not be as hard as you may think it is.
There are some tried and true ways to increase your happiness and the good news is that they don’t take much effort on your part.
What are they? Let’s get into it.
Easy Ways to Find Daily Happiness
1. Get enough sleep
Let’s start with the basics. There is no denying the importance of sleep to your all-around health.
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “Sleep helps your brain work properly. While you’re sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day.” They also share that “Sleep deficiency alters activity in some parts of the brain. If you are sleep deficient, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change. Sleep deficiency has also been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior.”
The less sleep you get, the worse your level of happiness is going to be. The mood you wake up with can set the tone for your day, and if that initial thought is one of you not getting enough sleep, you may be setting yourself up for a day of disaster.
Work on setting up a regular sleep schedule so that your body gets used to when it should slow down and prepare for sleep, and also so that it knows the optimal time to wake up.
You’ll notice a big difference in your happiness when you start incorporating enough sleep in your life.
2. Exercise more
You may think “ugh” when you first read “exercise more.” However, you’ll be happy to hear that you don’t need to start an intense workout regimen to get the positive effects of exercise.
In fact, according to a New York Times article, even just 10 minutes of exercise a day only once or twice a week can improve your mood. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that “every one of the observational studies showed a beneficial relationship between being physically active and being happy.”
So why does exercise make us happy?
When you exercise, endorphins are released. The purpose of endorphins is to fight stress, so the fact that exercise opens the doors for this chemical to get into your brain means that you’ll be feeling much happier post-workout.
3. Get out in nature
With modern-day life, we are spending a great amount of time in front of screens. Between smartphones and computers, we are not seeing much interaction with the outdoors. And that is doing a number on our mental health.
By spending just 20 minutes outside a day, you’ll improve your mood. And this opens the doors to plenty of other benefits. We can all manage to find 20 minutes in our day to step outside away from screens and breathe in some fresh air, right?
Your happiness will thank you.
We aren’t going to lie — this one does take some practice. The good news is that you don’t have to try to become a meditation guru. By practicing meditation for just 10 minutes a day, you will see a great improvement in your mood.
A study done with a software corporation’s employees showed that “this meditation practice produced increases over time in daily experiences of positive emotions, which, in turn, produced increases in a wide range of personal resources.”
And the longer you practice meditation, the greater the benefits you’ll see. According to a Forbes article, “in just a two-minute span of time done for 21 days in a row, we can actually rewire your brain, allowing your brain to actually work more optimistically and more successfully.”
5. Connect with people
Happiness from friends and family is backed by science. According to one study, “When an individual becomes happy, a friend living within a mile experiences a 25% increased chance of becoming happy.”
And that happiness is paid forward. “But the real surprise came with indirect relationships. Again, while an individual becoming happy increases his friend’s chances, a friend of that friend experiences a nearly 10% chance of increased happiness, and a friend of that friend has a 5.6% increased chance — a three-degree cascade.”
So, by spending time with friends and family, you are not only increasing your happiness, you are also giving them more opportunities to be happy, and their friends more happy as well. What a deal!
As you can see, increasing happiness is not going to take a major effort on your part at all. By putting in just a bit of work on a daily basis, you’ll find your mood improving and likely the moods around you as well.
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