3 Easy Activities That Will Help Make You Feel HappierMay 11, 2021
Regardless of what we want to achieve in life, all the roads we take are often reflections of our pursuit to happiness. At the core of every little thing we do is the desire for this one thing. But more than what we’re already doing, what else can we do to help ourselves become happier? How can we influence ourselves to smile, laugh, and love more? In today’s list, we highlight three activities to turn “happy” into a deliberate part of our everyday life.
1. Give gratitude journaling a try.
There’s no better way to increase positivity – and happiness – than writing down what you’re grateful for. This exercise is observed when keeping a gratitude journal where you take the time each day to pause and reflect on the many things that you’re thankful for. Whether it’s a larger than life thing worthy of a celebration or small, meaningful ones that make you smile, studies have shown that keeping a gratitude journal can help you sleep better, lower your stress, and improve your interpersonal relationships. It also decreased materialism and gave generosity a boost – all of which are some of the things that make us fell fulfilled and happy as humans!
2. Go see your friends.
We get it. As adults, we’re all so busy that sometimes, simply replying to a message from a friend takes hours, if not days! But maybe it’s time to rethink the amount of time we spend with them. In a recent study using records gained from an app called Mappiness, it was found that there was an 8% increase in happiness when people are with their friends, a significantly higher result compared to when with their parents or their children. So go see your friends, relive the old times, make new memories, and become happier!
3. Pet therapy, anyone?
Playing with a pet, and having a close bond with one, can make us feel calmer and more relaxed. In fact, according to studies, having a pet around releases endorphins and oxytocin, “feel good” hormones that allow us to feel bliss. There’s also the added fact that as your mood goes up, so does your cortisol, which is the hormone responsible for stress. So all in all, spending time with your dog, cat, bird, or any other animal friend can give your happiness a boost.
There are countless other ways to change our mindset when it comes to happiness by engaging in activities that help with it. These are just three of them. Based on your own experience, what activities have increased your positive feelings and made you happier? Whatever they are, we hope they continue to make you laugh, smile and live life the happiest you can be!
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