A 75-year Harvard study came to the conclusion that good relationships keep us happier and healthier, all while tracking the physical and emotional health of two groups. The fundamental element in overall fulfillment in life, according to their findings, is human relationships.

Per instance, if you go through a horrible experience and someone is there to help you through it, the effects of it will be less harmful, and you’ll probably recover quickly. If you’re alone, you’ll internalize the experience and isolate yourself, turning that trauma into a lifetime of pain.

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach”
 Seneca

What do the happiest people all have in common? In the World Happiness Report, the six key variables that have been found to support happiness are income, social support, freedom, healthy life expectancy, trust, and generosity.

Happy people have a handle on at least a few of these 7 happiness boosters, some of which you already may be familiar with:

1. Create a Morning Routine

For many, the idea of an extensive morning routine or getting up at 5 am to do a variety of things makes them want to go right back to bed. But, the benefit of a morning routine is that It generates productive and successful days, leading up to a happy life. It also allows you to start your day with intention, rather than letting the day play itself out.

There is no one-size-fits-all morning routine; you have to create one that fits your needs, personality, goals, and circumstances.

2. Practice Daily Meditation

Meditation has been defined many times, but when it comes down to it, the practice involves turning inwards and being able to perceive all of your thought and bodily sensations without judgment. It allows you to increase happiness by simply acknowledging thoughts without having them consume you.

Some apps that can help you get started with meditation are The Mindfulness App, Jinglow, and 10% Happier.

3. Surround Yourself With Positive People

American motivational speaker Jim Rohn says that you are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.

Positive people will inspire you to be a better person, empower you to achieve your goals and provide you with the motivation to make the changes to better your life. They will make you burst into laughter when you’re down in the dumps and raise a glass to you when you have good news.

Other than surrounding yourself with positive people, regularly keeping in touch with a number of friends can boost your happiness in no time.

A 2012 survey published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) explains that having regular contact with 10 or more friends had a significant impact on an individual’s happiness.

People with fewer friends experience lower levels of happiness overall. A strong social network is also connected to all sorts of other positive health factors, including a longer life.

4. Strive for Continuous Learning

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, “It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.” 

Laughter and smiling affect our physical health by releasing chemicals called serotonin and endorphins, which promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

5. Start With Small Changes

Making small changes in your daily routine can go a long way towards increasing your general happiness. It’s okay to create goals for yourself, as long as you realize that happiness largely stems from implementing happy-promoting habits.

One of the few things you can do is to start taking social media with a pinch of salt, prioritize tasks, get more sleep, read more, prepare your meals, and so on.

6. Explore Your Purpose

Exploring your purpose means taking steps towards what you want and removing the things in your life that you don’t want. We’re talking about friends, partners, jobs, EVERYTHING. Having a purpose is having a clear sense of what makes your life meaningful.

Everyone has a talent, whether it’s singing, drawing, writing, or something else. Take some time to explore your interests and recognize them as parts of who you are. Give time to that skill, enjoy and embrace it.

7. Believe in Yourself

Self-belief is a very important part in achieving true happiness, because if you don’t – you’re defeated before you even start.

The proverb “fortune favors the bold” means that self-confident people attract better opportunities no matter if they’re talented or not. What we believe matters tremendously because we act out of our beliefs.

Guide to Inspired Life