5 proven ways to achieve instant happiness throughout your day
When you’re having a bad day, do you automatically wish you’d won the lotto last night or gone on that holiday instead of helping out at work? If so, did it make you feel happier? Probably not. Here are five proven ways to instant happiness.
Wallowing in unhappiness is counterproductive, however most of us have the tendency to do so. Temporary relief can help any situation, whether it’s to uncover solutions, help someone else or get you through a crisis. Research proves that very small, easy behaviours offer profound results, as long as you put them into action.
A quick chat is often all it takes to boost your mood.
1. Make yourself smile
There have been numerous studies on how the physical act of smiling may help lower stress levels. The results stem from your brain associating the physical act with happiness, thereby increasing positive emotions. On top of that, if you can smile in response to a stressful scenario with another person - rather than frown or raise your eyebrows - your body language might just diffuse the situation for you.
There’s a reason why scented candles and diffusers are so popular, and it’s not just because they’re trending. Science proves that scent impacts how you feel, particularly when you have a positive emotional association with a certain fragrance. So, if coconut oil reminds you of the beach, lavender evokes sound sleep or citrus gives you a refreshing boost, make use of your favourite scents for an instant happiness hit.
Seek sunlight to increase serotonin levels.
3. Bask in the sun
Why do so many of us feel down in the dumps when it’s raining? It may be because our plans are delayed, but it’s also likely that we simply miss the warming rays. Decreased sunlight exposure is associated with a drop in serotonin levels, so research suggests you can boost the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter, by popping out and getting some sun.
Oxytocin helps to support serotonin levels and a simple chat with a loved one can help release the ‘love hormone’.
4. Have a chat
Oxytocin helps to support serotonin levels and a simple chat with a loved one can help release the ‘love hormone’. In fact, studies have shown that even sparking conversation with a stranger can make you feel happier, by increasing feelings of belonging to a community and connection.
5. Tickle your funny bone
Everyone knows that exercise releases ‘feel good’ endorphins. While exercising even for a few minutes will lead to a happiness hit, laughing is an even quicker way to get there. Science proves that laughter releases endorphins, to relieve stress and perhaps even physical pain. If there’s no one around to laugh with, break your slump by watching a funny video.
While doing any or all of these behaviours may not solve life’s big problems, it certainly pays to give yourself a quick break from wallowing, as a way forward to happiness.
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