You have the power to make yourself happier.
That's what we learned from 13 studies that discovered small changes we can all make to improve our outlook on life.
From writing down the good parts of your day to simply smiling, here are a few proactive steps you can take towards becoming a happier you.
Spend money on other people.
Spending money on other people instead of yourself makes you feel happier, many studies and researchers have concluded that "the happiest people were the biggest givers, no matter what they earned." They always felt better donating to charities and giving to others than splurging on themselves.
Count your blessings.
Literally, it has been proven that people who wrote down three good things that happened to them every night were significantly happier than the control group. They don't even have to be important: Your crush smiling at you or your spouse
remembering to buy your favorite dessert count, too.
Try something new.
People who go on adventures, try new experiences, and switch up their routines are generally happier, research has shown. Trying new things also keeps motor function sharp and stimulates brain waves.
Anticipating happiness actually makes you happy. Studies have shown that it's human nature to forestall an enjoyable event. Looking forward to a nice dinner or eating all of your candy and chocolate is part of the fun.
Expose yourself to more blue.
Research has further shown that exposing yourself to the colour blue sent "self confidence soaring, cut stress, and boosts happiness." The study found that when people saw blue, their brain waves showed increased happiness. Also, our love for blue comes from our ancestors "linking the color of the afternoon and evening sky to the feeling of a day well spent, and the prospect of a good night's sleep."
Set goals for yourself.
The psychologists claim that people who set objectives for themselves — whether it's short-term or long-term — are happier than those who don't. They also found that working towards a goal won't just activate positive feelings, but also suppress negative emotions.
Stop defending your point of view.
Studies and research have observed that maintaining neutrality is the best way to keep yourself happy. "You can save 99 percent of your psychological energy — and feel happier — if you can stop defending your point of view,”
Go to church or mosque
Recent studies also proved that people who attended church or misque regularly responded that they were happier and more satisfied with their lives than people who were not religious. various research have proven that happiness among a group of people for 25 years and found that people who went to pray in mosque or church stayed thin, avoided worrying about their careers, and had emotionally stable partners.
Sleep at least six hours every night.
Six hours and 15 minutes a night of un-interrupted sleep makes for the happiest people.
Slash your commute to 20 minutes.
From the same study that found adults need to sleep at least six hours to be happy, the happiest respondents were also found to commute just 20 minutes to work . The length of your commute even affects your health and fitness.
Make sure you have at least 10 good friends.
Adults who said they had 10 good friends were happier than those who could count five or less close friends, research found and observed that the "more the merrier" really did apply. The more friends one had, the happier he or she seemed. The study concluded that we should nourish our friendships to help enrich our own personal happiness.
Fake it till you make it.
It may seem like a lot of work, but acting happy when you're actually sad really can make you feel better, studies have shown that just the act of smiling can cause people to experience happy feelings.
Find yourself a romantic relationship.
Our relationships with our significant others have a large effect on our happiness. People in relationships were generally found to be happier than other people, and spouses have the highest sense of well-being whether they are happily married or not. The stronger the commitment, the happier the people in the relationship were.