According to some scientific researches, every one of us is born with an innate level of happiness and joy, which means that some people are born happier than other people. Every one of us has a ‘happiest set point’ and moves away from it slightly.
However, there are scientifically proven ways which will help you be happier.
Here are the 12 things you should start doing in order to be happier:
1. Be present.
Living in your past or your future will make you unhappy. However, living in the present moment is going to make you happier.
2. Love yourself.
When you don’t have good thoughts about yourself and your action, you will commit a disservice. So, you have to learn how to love yourself for who you are and accept everything related to you. Accept your place in this life and try your best in order to become an even better person.
3. Don’t worry about other people’s opinions.
You will be taken out of your present moment every time you start worrying about other people’s opinions. Moreover, worrying about what others think of you is fruitless. That is why you have to do what you love, regardless of how other people see such actions.
4. Foster forgiveness.
Nursing grievances and also holding a grudge may have negative effects on both your physical and mental health. However, you can curtail those feelings by fostering forgiveness. It may decrease the power of bad events in order to create resentment or bitterness and even make you happier.
5. Be more thankful.
When you are not practicing gratitude actively, you will not have the ability to experience happiness. However, by engaging in regular gratefulness practice, you are going to improve the quality of your sleep, and you will feel much happier. Practicing gratitude may boost your happiness. You have to remember how lucky you are and also reflect on the positives of life.
6. Get enough sleep.
It is more than obvious that sleep plays a huge role in your happiness. The lack of sleep is going to affect the hippocampus which plays a role in processing neutral or positive memories too. This, in fact, means that when you are sleep deprived, you will not have the ability to recall pleasant memories.
7. Spend some time outside.
You should spend more time outside, and it will make you feel much better. Spending time in some places that you love or enjoying nature may also help you become more relaxed and present. Although you are busy, you have to incorporate the outdoors into your daily routine.
8. Experience more.
Experiences have a powerful effect on your happiness than material possessions have. The good news is that you will not have to go on expensive vacations, but you can push yourself to try something new and make memories with the people you love.
9. Practice meditation regularly.
Meditation is going to enable you to tune into your consciousness which is not always possible when you are in a mindless state. At the time of meditation, you have the ability to think more rationally, logically, and from a lot of different perspectives.
Meditation is also going to help you cool down and then communicate better in relationships. If the communication in your relationships is improved, you are going to be happier. So, practice meditation every day.
10. Embrace adversity.
With embracing adversity, you will be able to deal more effectively with future and present stressors, also increase your resilience, shape or reinforce your identity and make you more positive and optimistic about the future. It will also boost your happiness.
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