It’s the little things. And when it comes to cultivating a happy life, it is the little things that we practice repeatedly which culminate into living the sweet life.
Instant Happy Tips
1. Hang out with a someone who smiles a lot
Smiles are contagious and so is happiness in people. So when you need a pick-me-up, grab lunch with your most smiley friend.
Soon, you’ll be smiling more yourself, which also makes you happier, even if you have to fake the smile until it’s genuine.
2. Put on your favorite song
Music is a great instant mood lifter, so put on some music you enjoy and let the happiness come flowing into the room. Scientists tell us it doesn’t matter what type of music it is, as long as we like it!
3. Make fun plans now
Setting up some fun weekend or trip plans now can give you some happy anticipation. We can glean almost as much joy out of planning an adventure as taking one.
Scientists say spending money on memory-making is a worthwhile investment in happiness. But even if you’re short on funds, you can still make after-work plans to pursue a hobby, play a fun game or visit a family member.
4. Write down what you are already happy about
The physical act of putting pen to paper has a mental-emotional connection that merely thinking or typing lacks. Counting your blessings and writing them down makes you realize the good things you have to be happy about.
What you focus on expands, so expand the good things.
5. Get physical
You probably know how great exercise is for the body, but did you know it is also the most effective known treatment for depression? So anytime you need a lift, doing some physical activity can provide some instant joy.
6. Eat something healthy
Lots of foods have natural mood-boosting properties. Several types of foods contain tryptophan — the amino acid that helps create serotonin.
Here are some tryptophan-rich foods to get your juices flowing:
- Cheese and dairy products
- Red meat
- Turkey or chicken
- Tuna, salmon, halibut
- Nuts and seeds
- Beans and lentils