If you dedicate as little as seven minutes a day to exercise, your endorphins (happy hormones) will fire away and lift your spirits. A study cited by the Journal of Health Psychology found that people who exercised felt better about their bodies, even if they saw no physical changes. That’s right, simply getting active was enough to change the way people felt. Next time you find yourself in a moody moment you know what to do…get up and lace up!
You know the saying, “turn that frown upside down?” Well, if you’re planning on being happier do just that! According to PsyBlog, smiling helps to reduce negative feelings in stressful or upsetting situations. When you are in need of a boost, keep your head high and force a smile on your face.
Have you ever felt foggy brained and needed to go for a walk to clear your mind? We’ve already learned that exercise can help improve mood, but taking it outside can actually broaden your thinking and improve your working memory. A study conducted at the University of Sussex found that participants spending time outdoors in all natural environments felt substantially happier than those in an urban setting.
Another sure-fire way to bring happiness and joy into your life is to embrace your inner silliness. Being playful and silly has amazing benefits - check them out here!