4 Science-Backed Ways to Be Happier Right Now
Happiness is something we all seek and we each have different ways of pursuing it. Some try to prove old sayings like, "money can't buy happiness" wrong and some rely on the stars. Whatever your approach in uplifting your mood, one thing's for certain: sometimes happiness is just hard to come by.
In a recent article from Inc., they say that—beyond your inherited personality traits that can predisposes you to landing on a certain part of the happiness spectrum—there are specific science-backed actions that you can take to make yourself happier.
So genetics, star signs, and salaries aside, here are a few of our favourites that you can try today. They say doing any one will work, or you can make your own curated cocktail and we guarantee you'll see an increase in your happiness level.
Keep scrolling to see our top picks that you can try right now.
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It seems simple enough that doing what you enjoy and are good at makes you happy, but still we don't seem to prioritise making the time for it. Obviously you can't just only do what you love all the time, but you can integrate your passions into what you already do.
Sure, you're good at your job, but are you capitalizing on the areas where you really excel? In your life outside of work are you carving out time to pursue your passions in addition to ticking off errands? Inc. cites Shawn Anchor's book, The Happiness Advantage, saying that when volunteers picked "one of their signature strengths and used it in a new way each day for a week, they became significantly happier and less depressed."
Do the things you do incredibly well more often, and you'll find yourself much happier (and more productive and successful).
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Expressing gratitude can have a positive impact for both sides involved. Inc. notes that in one study, couples who actively expressed their gratitude during their interactions with one another "experienced increased relationship connection and satisfaction the next day."
The same practice can be effective in the workplace. If you communicate your appreciation for a colleague's hard work, you will both end up feeling better about yourselves.
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While actually setting aside time and funds for a holiday retreat is sure to up your happiness, the mere act of planning it is an instant mood booster. Inc. refers to a study in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life that revealed that "the highest spike in happiness came during the planning stage of a vacation as people enjoy the sense of anticipation."
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While we all know that money can't buy happiness (Inc. notes that after $75,000 it doesn't have much impact), it's really the pursuit of materialistic goals that can decrease satisfaction with life. "New always becomes the new normal," notes Inc., so you'll find more lasting satisfaction chasing experiences rather than things.
Are there certain things that never fail to make you happy? Tell us about your mood-boosting go-tos below!