Everyone wants to be happy. It is a timeless and universal human quest to seek happiness in our lives. In recent years, science has been looking into how happiness can be found, sustained, and increased. It has been confirmed there are specific practices a person can perform to change their neural pathways in their brain. The outcome of the studies shows happiness is a set of skills we can learn and exercises we can complete.
1. Happiness Starts At Our ‘Set-Point.’
Our personalities and moods center around our ‘set-point.’ Our set-point can partially be determined by genetics and our upbringing, but experts say approximately 40% of our happiness is within our control. Science is proving happiness is a choice anyone can make. The greatest discovery of any generation is that each human can alter his or her life by changing their attitude. These are how we can change those attitudes and some of the changes we can make in our routines.
2. Mindfulness Practices
Today’s scientific community shows there is an effective way to reduce your stress, enhance your emotional intelligence, manage your pain, increase your self-awareness, and control your feelings and thoughts. Your mind can be trained and using different mindfulness practices; you can reduce your negativity and increase your happiness. Mindfulness practices are an ancient art done through meditation and will improve psychological well-being.
3. Seven-Minute Workout
Recently it has been reported that by completing just seven minutes of exercise a day can impact your happiness and well-being. Exercise has been proven to be effective in combating depression and increasing satisfaction levels. Exercising can provide you with many benefits. It will relax you, improve your body image, and increase your brain power. These advantages will allow you to enjoy more of life and increase your chances of happiness just happening.
4. Release Your Negativity
Science has found when you increase your happiness; you protect yourself from negativity, depression, stress, and depression. To release your negativity, you need to increase your gratitude by focusing on the good parts of your day. The more positive thoughts you create, the more negative ones will disappear and the happier you are going to feel.
5. Get More Sleep
Science has already proven when we sleep; we allow our bodies to recover from the day and repair themselves. Sleep also improves our ability to focus and helps us be more productive. Science now shows happiness can be attained when we get the proper rest our bodies require. A study conducted by, BPS Research Digest showed sleep affects our sensitivity to negative emotions. Those in the study who worked through an entire afternoon became more sensitive to fear and anger than those who took naps during the day. It is also known that how long you sleep and how well will significantly impact how your day goes. Improving your sleep patterns is proven by science to improve your happiness.
6. Bestow Selflessness
Altruism and happiness are linked. When you do something good, it makes you happy. Science suggests that how we spend our time and our money is more important than the amount of money we make. When you bestow kindness to someone, your brain releases endorphins associated with pleasure, trust, and social connections. Bestowing selflessness and giving to others will lead to higher levels of happiness than doing something for yourself.
7. Stay In Touch With Family And Friends
Social time is important to improving your happiness. Studies show time you spend with your family and friends will make a huge difference to general happiness. It has also been proven that increasing your income will not make you as happy as increasing the strength of your social interactions. How we help one another and our relationships with others are important factors to living a long, happy life.
8. Letting Go And Forgive
Studies show if you are holding a grudge, it will tend to make you angry and unhappy. Forgiving won’t only benefit you, but also the person we forgive. Forgiveness doesn’t mean tolerance of mistakes but instead an encouragement of growth. If you are holding onto a grudge, you should make every attempt to let it go so you can find your own happiness.
When you think positively and put a smile on your face, you will feel better. A study conducted by Michigan State University showed workers who forced their smiles throughout a day worsened their moods. This attitude affected their productivity and caused many to withdraw. Workers in the study who smiled genuinely by creating positive thoughts improved their day and spirits. Smiling can increase our good feelings and increase our attentional flexibility.
10. Happiness Generates Success
Many people believe that if they focus on working harder and making more money than they can find happiness. Studies show this isn’t the case and is in fact backward- happiness will generate success. Another important factor is the type of work you perform and that you will thrive if it is an environment where your strengths are emphasized. Working where you are actively involved in reaching a goal that is suited to your skills will allow you to experience real joy and happiness.
Your happiness can be possible and will be achieved through intentional changes you make in your daily life. Learn these skills and practice these goals to find your true happiness.