Scientifically proven ways to get happy now
Feeling blue? Take a look at these quick fixes for an instant mood boost.
For many of us, the idea of being happy is a complex one and sadly there is no magical formula to help you become ‘happy’. With this being said, there are things we can do to give our moods a lift.
Maybe you’re going through a rough patch, you’re stressed at work, or maybe you’re just having a ‘blah’ day – either way, there are a few tried and tested methods to pick you up, even if it is only temporarily.
Do something kind for someone else
Sometimes the best way to get out of our own heads and gain a little perspective is by thinking about someone else’s needs. Do some volunteer work, visit an elderly relative or offer some tea and sympathy to a friend going through something difficult. Not only will you help the other person feel better, you’ll feel happier as a result.
Exercising is a well-established mood booster. Energy breeds energy too, so not only will you feel happier, you will feel more energetic and full of life. Still not convinced? Studies show that exercising can improve the mood in those with clinical depression, so while it may be the last thing you feel like doing – it’s got to be worth a try.
Find your flow
Flow is a term used to describe the feeling we get when we are totally immersed in a task – time seems to stop and the outside world (along with it’s stresses and strains) seems to melt away. Find an activity where you find your flow and do it for an instant stress reliever.
Have a hug
In Western culture we tend to shy away from physical contact, but it is actually hugely important for your health and happiness. Releasing the hormone oxytocin, hugging makes us feel more connected. So next time you’re feeling down, don’t be afraid to ask for a cuddle.
Dance it out
Whether you’re in a bar with your best friends, or you’re home alone doing the washing up – sometimes a dance is all you need to put you in a perkier frame of mind. Find yourself a couple of dance party tracks and have them on hand when that bad mood strikes.
If you feel you could benefit from a little guidance when it comes to feeling more satisfied with life, you may want to consult a life coach. Find a coach in your area using our advanced search.
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