The pursuit of happiness may be one of humanity's most intrinsic rights, but in today's world people are more commonly stressed, depressed, rushing, and distracted than they are happy. As you rush from work, to home, to meeting, to after-school activity, to bed, squeezing in time for things that make
you genuinely happy isn't usually a top priority. But it should be. In fact, being happier with your life doesn't always require a dramatic upheaval. Sometimes, a implementing few genius little life hacks that guarantee you'll be happier is all it takes. And the good news is, you can start applying these hacks to your life right now.
In an age where an estimated
6.8 million adults in the US suffer with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, as noted by the Anxiety and Depression Association of American (ADAA), being intentional with the things you allow into your life, body, and mind is one of the most effective ways to battle anxiety, stress, fatigue, and more.
Whether you're in a particularly stressful season, you're struggling with depression, or you just want simple ways to brighten up your normal routine, making these simple changes a little bit at a time is scientifically proven to do just that.
1 Add Some Greenery To Your Home
It seems too good to be true, but that little succulent you've been keeping alive may actually increase your happiness. Psychology Today noted that filling your home with greenery, or even
looking at plants outside, can boost your mood, increase your concentration, and reduce stress. 3 Keep A Gratitude Log
Keeping a gratitude log or journal may seem like a time consuming practice, but according to Huff Post, it's one of the
easiest things you can do to increase your happiness. The idea is simple: write down the things you're thankful for each day. You can write them down as you notice them, or all at once each night, but either way, it can only cause you to be more thankful for the simple pleasures in your life. 4 Eat More Fruits And Veggies 5 Log Off Of Social Media
Not surprisingly, social media, the very thing that's meant to connect people together, often makes them feel most alone. If you catch yourself comparing your life to the seemingly perfect squares of your friends on Instagram, consider logging off for a few hours each day. It's Time To Log Off noted that simply
logging off of your smartphone everyday can decrease anxiety, increase happiness, free up your time, and increase your productivity and attention span. 6 Make A Date ... With Yourself
Regardless of personality type, Huff Post noted that most
people benefit from spending time alone to do something that makes them happy. Be it a bath after the kids go to bed, a full blown spa day, or time with a favorite book, make alone time a priority and you won't regret it. 9 Exercise Just A Little Bit 12 Skip The Sugar And Processed Foods
As important as adding more fruits and veggies to your diet is, Healthline noted that it's equally important to know what to avoid.
Refined sugars and carbohydrates can slow you down, and cause your blood sugar to go on a roller coaster. They may taste good, but they won't improve your immediate or long term happiness. 13 Stop Focusing On Money
Not to say you should forego all notions of a budget and forget about money altogether, but shifting your priorities can increase your happiness. According to Today, people who
focused on how they spent their time, instead of how they spent their money were happier. 17 Wake Up 30 Minutes Earlier 18 Take A Buying Break
Forbes suggested that people who are chronically unhappy
spend too much time acquiring possessions that they don't really need or want. Conversely, buying only what you need with the occasional "want" thrown in can increase your happiness instead of leaving you constantly wanting more. 19 Cry When You Feel Like It 20 Find A Positive Person To Spend Time With
NPR reported that, according to a study conducted by by researchers at Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego,
happiness is literally contagious. So, it makes sense to spend time with your friends and loved ones who look on the bright side of things! 21 Embrace Routine
As much as you may rebel at the thought of routine, Psychology Today noted that
healthy, daily habits are the key to happiness. Although there is definitely a needed balance between routine and unscheduled time, when you establish routines, you use less of your energy to get through the day, leaving more room for happiness and spontaneity for the "free moments." 22 Eat Breakfast
On the site Healthy Happy Eating, cognitive scientist
Sebastijan Veselic of the University of Vienna explored studies that shows eating a filling, nutritious breakfast can improve your mood and help ease your anxiety. They don't call it the most important meal of the day for nothin'... 24 Read A Book
The New Yorker, bibliotherapy is an ancient form of therapy that uses literature to increase people's happiness. Whether it's a scholarly article or your favorite romance novel, picking up a book to read can work wonders for your happiness. 25 Get Over Your Money-Blocks
Money blocks are items that you feel guilty about buying because you feel that it's selfish or irresponsible. And, of course, they're healthy to an extent, but money blocks can also cause you to be unhappy. Every Dollar noted that embracing the
mindset that it's OK to spend money on yourself is both healthy, and happiness-inducing. 26 Watch The Sunrise Or Sunset 27 Set A Very Specific Goal For Yourself
Need a quick boost in motivation? Huff Post points to research from Stanford University, the University of Houston and Harvard University showing that that
setting specific goals for yourself (not general goals like "get healthier") and then making progress towards them is one of the easiest, most surefire ways to increase your happiness and productivity. 29 Wear Clothes That Make You Feel Good 31 Find Something You Love About Yourself
Women tend to focus on the negatives, especially when it comes to their body or well being. But,
Time noted that adopting a positive mindset and focusing on even one or two things you love about yourself can increase your overall outlook. 32 Delete And Unsubscribe
Much like logging off of social media can increase your happiness, unfollowing and unsubscribing from people or accounts that don't uplift you can work wonders as well.
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