Time spent in nature recharges and invigorates us. It reminds us to dream bigger. Live louder. The more time we spend in forests and on mountain peaks, the happier we become. Not only does Mother Nature bring us joy, she also gives us energy.
Smile like you mean it. Even if you don’t, studies show that the act of turning the corners of your mouth up will make you feel better. That’s because a smile – even a forced one – decreases stress.
37. Take a Yoga Class
Studies show that yogis score high on the happiness index. So go get your downward dog on and find your bliss.
Just being in the presence of the color of water and sky can boost confidence, reduce stress, and bolster happiness.
39. Soak Up the Sun
Sunshine gives us a natural boost of serotonin, the hormone that makes us happy. A healthy dose of UV rays can also boost fertility and help prevent multiple sclerosis, diabetes, seasonal affective disorder, and cavities.
Do it not once, but three, four, five times in a row. Force out a few big, long ones even if you’re feeling fully energized and alert. Yawning can improve your memory and lower stress, neuroscientists say. Think of it as wiping away the clutter in your brain and giving yourself a clean slate.
41. Take a Power Nap
Boost your happiness with a daily 30-minute power nap. Not only will you wake up in a lighter mood, you’ll also help kick-start your metabolism and rev up your sex drive.
42. Eat Breakfast
No, a cup of on-the-go joe doesn’t count. Do yourself a favor and cook up some eggs with a side of toast and fruit. People who eat breakfast tend to be leaner, more energized, and all-around healthier than those who don’t.
43. Reflect on Your Daily Accomplishments
Celebrate your daily victories no matter how small. Maybe it’s following through on that three-mile morning run. Or standing up for yourself in a difficult workplace situation. Or remembering to call your mother. Reflect on all you’ve accomplished at the end of each day and bask in that well-earned sense of satisfaction.
44. Take Pride in Your Appearance
When you look good, you feel good. So take the time each morning to make yourself look – and feel – presentable. It’s not about an buying an expensive new dress shirt or covering up those frown lines with makeup. It’s about doing what you need to do to feel fresh-faced and confident.
45. Log Off Facebook
Perhaps the wisest of all Theodore Roosevelt’s sayings was this: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” In this modern world saturated with social media outlets, the former president’s words ring truer than ever. The more time you spend reading so-and-so’s relationship status updates or clicking through photo albums of somebody else’s trip around the world, the more time you’re spending zeroed in on the things other people have, or appear to have, that you don’t.
46. Let Your Imagination Run Wild
If you want a happier existence, imagine it and it will be. Scientists have found that if we visualize ourselves in a happy state we can actualize happiness.
47. Sit Up Straight
A commitment to good posture will keep you energized and create more room in your diaphragm for deeper breathing. It can also make you feel better. People with good posture give off an air of ease and confidence that actually bolsters their own self-perception.
48. Practice Positive Affirmations
Start each day with a chant of your choosing – “I can,” “I eat healthy and exercise regularly,” “I am successful.” People who embrace the power of positive thinking are more apt to achieve their goals. And – added bonus – they actually have stronger muscles.