Feeling Good ~ Science Says These 5 Things Will Make You Happier

People often think things like money or luxury lead to happiness, but research indicates some healthy life practices may actually be the key. . . . Here are five ways you can boost your happiness on a daily basis.

  1. Practice Gratitude Daily ~ Expressing gratitude has been shown to do more than improve your mood. People who write down a few positive things about their day are healthier, more energetic, less stressed and anxious and get better sleep. The key is to make this a regular habit and do it with intention.
  2. Surround Yourself with Positive People ~ If you’re feeling down, reach out to a friend or colleague who generally has a more positive attitude. Our brains have mirror neurons that will literally mimic what the other person is expressing. So when you need a bit of positive infusion, connect with those who share it.
  3. Do Regular Acts of Kindness ~ Research has shown that spending money on others makes us happier than spending money on ourselves and doing small acts of kindness increases life satisfaction.
  4. Spend More Time with Family & Friends ~ Having friends can save your life. Low social interaction can be as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is twice as bad for your health as obesity. Even if you’re busy, you can find ways to connect with people you care about. Use your lunch break as an opportunity to call a friend or, if possible, take a walk together. If you’re busy during the week, how about inviting your friend to do some errands together on the weekend?
  5. Spend Money on Experiences Instead of Things ~ Research shows people report feeling happier when they spend their money on experiences rather than objects. We remember experiences for a longer period of time and our brains can re-live them, making our positive emotions last longer. So instead of that new pair of jeans consider trying a new yoga class or inviting a friend to the movies with you.


    1. Hi Terveen, The post causing me to reflect and ask why if these five things are inexpensive, always available, why don’t more folks discover them in the pursuit of happiness?. Sounds like a plot line for a story: man/woman searches for happiness in all the wrong places until . . . LOL Here’s hoping you have a great weekend. Ray

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