If you’re feeling a little down, remember that some of the best days of your life haven’t happened yet. – Steven Aitchison
5 Scientifically Proven Ways To Get Happier Right Now
There are many reasons to be unhappy, especially in today’s world. It seems like work never stops, and sometimes you can feel as though you’re not making any impact. Relationships can become cold or dry, and they can not fill you with the same sort of zest that they once did. Even something as simple as lack of sleep can greatly affect your mood and overall happiness. Although you may think that eating a lot of sweets or fast foods can help you cope with unhappy feelings, they can actually only contribute to a less good mood.
There are a ton of factors in your life that can bring negative energy. However, there are a few ways everyone can replace this negative energy with positive energy. Because you, and you alone, are in control of your own life and state of being, it is very possible to change the energy around you. This article will show you some methods to make you happy today.
1. Drinking Green Tea
Have you ever wondered why so many people drink tea? Especially green tea? In addition to the great flavor and tradition of tea-drinking, the herbs in green tea have properties that provide a relaxing sensation. A study found that those who regularly drink green tea were actually more relaxed and attentive in their daily life.
This, overall, greatly improved their mood. Because stress can negatively affect your mood, one of the most effective ways to combat against stress is to relax. Green tea is a great way to promote relaxing properties and maintain a healthy dose of nutrition. After all, it has also been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes and other troubling conditions.
Exercise releases proteins and endorphins in the brain that make us happier and acting as a cure (and preventative agent) for depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and many other ailments. In a study cited in Shawn Achor’s book, The Happiness Advantage, three groups of patients treated their depression with either medication, exercise, or a combination of both.
The groups were then tested six months later to determine their relapse rate. 38% of those who took the medication alone slipped back into depression. Those in the combination group were doing only slightly better with a relapse rate of 31%. The biggest shock, though, came from the exercise group: their relapse rate was only 9%!
A study published by the National Institutes of Health, exercise can reduce anxiety, improve mood, improve brain function and offer many other health benefits. Other research has also shown that if you exercise within the first 20 minutes of being active, you’ll witness the benefits of having a better day overall.
Meditation is often presented as an important habit to improve concentration, clarity and attention span, and to help you stay calm. It turns out that it is also useful for improving your happiness.
In a study, a team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital examined brain scans of 16 people before and after their eight-week course in mindfulness meditation. The study published in the January issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging concluded that after ending the course, the participants’ brain parts associated with compassion and self-awareness grew, and parts associated with stress shrank.
Studies show that in the minutes right after meditating, we experience feelings of calm and contentment, as well as heightened awareness and empathy. And, research even shows that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness.
Lack of sleep is one of the worst problems of young adults and adults. Whether it’s because of a reduced amount of hours to sleep or just the overall quality of sleep is poor, no one is getting a good night’s rest. This has a negative impact on your mood and your health. Sleep is when the body regulates itself. Studies have shown that a person suffering from sleep deprivation can only focus on negative memories and negative stimuli. Positive memories and stimuli were easily forgotten or unable to be remembered at all.
Whether you need to go to bed earlier or change your mattress, sleep can be the foundation for improving your mood and health.
5. Practice gratitude
When life gives you a losing hand, remember how wonderful it is to still be sitting at the card table. There is always, always, always something to be grateful for, even if it’s the fact that you’re breathing and reading this.
Science has shown that your mood can improve drastically just by writing down what you’re grateful for. Another study shows that the expression of gratitude can help you decrease depression and increases happiness and overall satisfaction with life.
It is up to you to get happier and to do that, positive changes must be made.