4 FREE Things Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness!

By djsheryl on April 9, 2021
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It’s Feel Good Friday….and if you’re not really feeling it…here are 4 things you can try to boost your happiness. Each one is backed by research and studies…..and each one is FREE!

1.  Message someone you know.  Even if you haven’t spoken to them in a while.  Even if it’s just to send them a funny photo or a fun memory that you had. According to a study in 2012, texting someone boosts your happiness. If you want to boost THEIR happiness, a psychologist recommends asking them how their day was on a scale of 1 to 10. When they give you a number, ask what you can do to move it up one.

2.  Marie Kondo is on to something….get organized, starting with the things on your “to-do” list. Organize your errands.  Organize all the small errands you need to do and start checking them off.  Planning like that helps reduce procrastination so we feel less stressed out.

3.  Check your vacation day balance.  Knowing how many days you have and thinking about what you may do with them allows you to plan and visualize actually taking a vacation. If you’ve ever planned a dream vacation, you know that a LOT of the fun is in the planning! Here are some great tips for planning a fun and memorable vacation with your kids, even if they aren’t vaccinated yet.

4. When you have a spare couple of minutes, try watching some relaxing videos on the internet.  Nature videos are especially good for this. A recent study out of UC Berkeley found that people who watched parts of that BBC series “Planet Earth” felt an increase in joy, amusement, and curiosity.  And the videos also reduced feelings of fatigue, anger, and stress. 

 

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