8 Tips to a Happier Life

8 Tips to a Happier Life

As humans, we all strive for happiness. We study, get married, have children, build a career, and more in order to eventually live a happy life. In light of the fact that you can always be happier and happiness is defined differently by each individual, it is undeniable that reaching this goal is a daily challenge. Off course we can't share all the tools you need to be happy in one article - it's a lifelong journey. But we've outlined 8 tips for you to get started. 

1. Get a full night's sleep.

We've been told this one by our mothers repeatedly since birth, but it seems that this Mom's instinct is based on science. There are a lot of studies that show that a good night's sleep can make you feel happier. There is a specific study that showed that approximately 90% of people who consider themselves "perfectly happy" get at least seven hours and six minutes of sleep a night. While people who sleep less than 7 hours a day consistently describe themselves as less happy

2. Exercise 

There is no doubt that regular exercise improves your mental as well as physical well-being. Normally when one hears about an exercise he'll immediately think about training that requires a great deal of commitment and effort but surprisingly this is not the case. Studies showed that it only takes three 20-minute walks a week (only 60 minutes of strenuous walking in a week!) to make a dramatic difference. The majority of people who took antidepressants and exercised felt happier than those who didn't.

Adding more movement to your life will improve your happiness, whether you run in the morning, join a spin class after work or even just walk more; you may take the steps instead of the elevator, park your car a few hundred feet from a meeting place, etc. 

3. Use positive words

According to a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, over two-thirds of people feel happier and more satisfied when they use three positive phrases a day that express gratitude.

It is important to express your thoughts in a positive way to others. As a result, you will feel good and you'll boost your well-being.

How to implement it in your day-to-day life? Say thank you on a regular basis to your family, co-workers, yourself, God, or to whoever you feel gratitude toward. 

4. Develop hobbies

A recent study shows that those who have hobbies they value reported higher levels of happiness. If you invest a little less energy in your work and more in hobbies that you enjoy, it is reasonable to say that you'll have a more positive outlook on life. If you're lucky enough that your work is your hobby and you're enjoying it significantly so it's a Jack-pot for you in this regard.

5. Be more selfless

Various studies show that caring and helping others can increase one's level of happiness. A specific study has found that 78 percent of people who help others, specifically those who spend money on them, are happier. It has been shown that this increase in happiness occurred because of two major factors: gratitude for the expenditures and an experience of altruism by the givers themselves. 

6. Learn

The vast majority of adults feel happier and more confident when they learn new things. If you are interested in learning a foreign language, marketing, painting, or any other skill or knowledge remember that it'll not only make you a bit smarter or will give you a new skill, but it'll also make you a bit happier. 

It doesn't really matter how you choose to learn - attend a course, take a crash course on YouTube, or take a private music lesson - the most important thing is to learn new things regularly. 

7. Unplug 

You may be happier if you step away from your social media pages rather than being glued to the screen. In a recent study, 45 percent of people who couldn't access their social networks or email felt worried or uncomfortable. However, putting these digital platforms on hold generally led to greater feelings of peace and happiness. We're not advising you to leave your social profiles or email for good, but definitely to reduce the amount you consume this content and most importantly to limit it to a specific time frame in your daily routine. 

8. Meditate 

Studies have shown that regular meditation practice increases positive emotions on a daily basis. Meditation isn't just for spiritual people. It's a helpful tool that can increase life satisfaction and decrease the symptoms of depression.

The reasons meditation is helpful are wide, but the most critical one is the fact it helps release negative thoughts, stay present in the moment, and control the breath. 

 

If you like you can copy and paste this to your to-do list app or write it on a sticky note: 

 

  1. Get a good night's sleep
  2. Exercise
  3. Use positive words
  4. Develop hobbies
  5. Be more selfless
  6. Learn 
  7. Unplug 
  8. Meditate