Who doesn’t want to feel happier? Sounds pretty good to me. Most of the time, we’re bombarded by bad news, cynicism, and just the general hustle and bustle of life that we forget to just be happy.
That’s why we want to share this article with you. It’s short and sweet and has 10 simple things you can do to almost instantly turn your frown upside down. Not only will they make you happier but you’ll also experience a more stress-free life, which will contribute to your health and outlook on life!
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Tips: Ten tips for being happier.
Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 10 tips for being happier.
I blog regularly for Real Simple, on Simply Stated, and I was very HAPPY when they asked me to write something for the print magazine. A lot of people saw this article in the magazine, and when it was picked up on the Yahoo! home page, a lot more people saw it. Finally it occurred to me to post this list on my own blog.
These aren’t necessarily the most essential tips for being happy — I tried to include strategies that might not otherwise occur to people. So, for example, “helping other people” isn’t listed, even though it’s one of the best ways of boosting your happiness.
1. Don’t start with profundities.
When I began my Happiness Project, I realized pretty quickly that, rather than jumping in with lengthy daily meditation or answering deep questions of self-identity, I should start with the basics, like going to sleep at a decent hour and not letting myself get too hungry. Science backs this up; these two factors have a big impact on happiness.
2. Do let the sun go down on anger.
I had always scrupulously aired every irritation as soon as possible, to make sure I vented all bad feelings before bedtime. Studies show, however, that the notion of anger catharsis is poppycock. Expressing anger related to minor, fleeting annoyances just amplifies bad feelings, while not expressing anger often allows it to dissipate.
3. Fake it till you feel it.
Feelings follow actions. If I’m feeling low, I deliberately act cheery, and I find myself actually feeling happier. If I’m feeling angry at someone, I do something thoughtful for her and my feelings toward her soften. This strategy is uncannily effective.
4. Realize that anything worth doing is worth doing badly.
Challenge and novelty are key elements of happiness. The brain is stimulated by surprise, and successfully dealing with an unexpected situation gives a powerful sense of satisfaction. People who do new things — learn a game, travel to unfamiliar places — are happier than people who stick to familiar activities that they already do well. I often remind myself to “Enjoy the fun of failure” and tackle some daunting goal.