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15 Ways To Boost Your Happiness

  • Track gratitude and achievement with a journal – Each evening list at least 3 things you are grateful for and 3 things you were able to accomplish that day. It’s true that for some days it may be things like I survived this day, while other days there will be such a long list of great things you get writer’s cramp. This one action has been shown to significantly improve your sense of wellbeing, often very quickly.
  • Plan a get away. It could be a short getaway with friends or a trip around the world. The act of planning a vacation and having something to look forward to can boost your overall happiness for up to 8 weeks!
  • Work your strengths. Do something you’re good at to build self-confidence, then tackle a tougher task. You’ve got this!
  • You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Martin Luther King Jr. Taking one step forward toward a goal is so uplifting!
  • Show some love to someone in your life who you hold dear. Little things can mean a lot.
  • Feeling anxious? Channel your inner child and do some coloring for about 20 minutes to help you clear your mind. Pick a design that’s geometric and a little complicated for the best results. This increases your focus and allows you to refresh and recharge more effectively.
  • Dance around while you do your housework. Not only will you get chores done, but dancing reduces levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), and increases endorphins (the body’s “feel-good” chemicals).
  • What appear to be calamities are often the sources of fortune.” – Disraeli
  • Relax in a warm bath once a week. Try adding Epsom salts to soothe aches and pains and help boost magnesium levels, which can be depleted by stress. A few drops of lavender oil mixed into the Epsom salts adds another level of relaxation.
  • Has something been bothering you? Let it all out… on paper. Writing about upsetting experiences can reduce symptoms of depression. For an extra powerful release, burn the paper (safely) when you are done and watch your stress go up in smoke.
  • What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when you bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.” – Henry David Thoreau. You have so much to offer this world.  It’s time to share it.
  • Work some omega-3 fatty acids into your diet–they are linked to decreased rates of depression and schizophrenia among their many benefits. Fish oil supplements work, but eating your omega-3s in foods like wild salmon, flaxseeds or walnuts also helps build healthy gut bacteria.
  • Practice forgiveness, even if it’s just forgiving that person who cut you off during your commute. Holding on to the resentment for what others may have done is like drinking poison and waiting for the offender to die. People who forgive have better mental health and report being more satisfied with their lives.
  • Send a thank you note – not for a material item, but to let someone know why you appreciate them. Written expressions of gratitude are linked to increased happiness.
  • Take 30 minutes to go for a walk in nature – it could be a stroll through a park, or a hike in the woods. Research shows that being in nature can increase energy levels, reduce depression and boost wellbeing.
  • Make sure to enjoy 15 minutes of sunshine. Sunlight synthesizes Vitamin D, which experts believe is a mood elevator.
  • Try something fun outside of your comfort zone to make room for adventure and excitement in your life.

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