10 Ways to Increase Happiness
If you're NOT happy and you know it, there could be a good reason. Although happiness is an emotion and can come and go, it should never be totally absent from your life. Your genes and upbringing actually account for 50% of your happiness, but whether you had a happy upbringing or not, you can still increase your happiness in the future. The Bible tells us that a merry heart is the best medicine which I've come to believe is true (Proverbs 17:22).
My family and I have learned to laugh through even the most difficult times.
But here are 10 other ways to get your happy level up, if you've been struggling.
10 Ways to Increase Your Happiness
1. Your outlook on life, and what you choose to do with your life accounts for 40 percent of your happiness levels. This includes your friendships, work, and participation in your community.
2. A mere 20 minutes of exercise, three days each week will increase your happiness by 10 to 20 percent after six months.
3. The happier you are, the more antibodies your body generates – up to 50 percent more, in fact.
4. Dancing increases happiness.
5. Sports facilities and community centres increase a community’s overall happiness.
6. People in relationships are usually happier than people who are single, however….
7. Education and intelligence do not make you more happy than anyone else.
8. The more you hug your children, the happier they will be as adults.
9. The most powerful way to increase your short-term feelings of happiness is to perform random acts of kindness to others, or to send a letter of gratitude to someone you care about. Five such acts in a week will increase your happiness for up to three months.
10. The most powerful way to increase your long-term feelings of happiness is to understand your strengths and talents, or life purpose, and to work on sharing those parts of yourself with others.
BONUS: Adopt a dog! Pet therapy has done wonders for me and my family, all who have battled various forms of anxiety, depression, loss of loved one, and physical ailments--even cancer, as well as mental illness.
*Source page of my research: 20 Facts About Happiness: http://www.davidweedmark.com/archives/facts-about-happiness/
Lisa Freeman is an award-winning author, motivational speaker, AKC Evaluator, Dog Trainer, and Certified Pet Therapist. She's the Healing Projects Specialist for the Bully Police USA. Her specialty is behavior modification, rescue, and recovery. Helping bullies and bully dogs to change their behavior, as well as breaking the victim mentality off those who've been abused or bullied to help everyone overcome and be survivors. She also works with New Hope Pet Rescue to rescue pups and dogs from kill shelters and place them in foster/forever homes.