How happy are you – could you be a little happier? If you’re not as content as you could be, consider changing that.
Happiness is an odd one because we all have different ideas about how to achieve it. Even if we do have various opinions on what it means to be content, there are certain things the have been proven to make us smile more.
I would love to be a happier person, as I’m sure most other people would. So I thought that I would share a few science-approved ways to become happier and more content.
Exercise more regularly
If you are someone who doesn’t exercise on a regular basis, you need to change that. Did you know that exercise has such a significant effect on our well-being that it has been proven to help overcome depression?
Exercise can not only help with depression, but it can also make it easier to relax and get a better night’s sleep. It can also boost your body confidence, even if you don’t lose any weight from doing it. When we exercise, our brains release endorphins – feel good chemicals, that boost our mood, making us feel more positive. It’s these positive thoughts that lead to us becoming happier with our lives.
Get a good night’s sleep
We already know that getting enough sleep is essential for our mental health and wellbeing, but what about our happiness? If you don’t get enough sleep, you are more likely to wake up in a bad mood. This is a fact that has been scientifically proved – a lack of sleep equals a bad mood.
If you want to be happier, you need to ensure that you are getting at least eight hours of sleep each night so that your brain is well rested. If you aren’t currently getting enough sleep, aim to go to bed an hour earlier than usual.
Speak to a counsellor
Often, the reason that we aren’t as happy as we could be is because of an underlying issue. If, for instance, there is something that you feel affects your happiness, maybe the loss of a loved one, you need to work through it.
The best way to do that is by seeing a therapist who can help you to deal with your issues and become happier. It won’t happen overnight, but after a few months of regular therapy, you should be feeling a lot more content.
Spend time with your friends and family
People who spend time socialising with their loved ones tend to be happier and more content. One of the top five deathbed regrets is not spending enough time with friends and family – don’t make the same mistake.
If you want to boost your happiness, taking the time to have fun with your loved ones is important. Have coffee with your mum. Watch a movie with your dad. Have a day out with your siblings. Meet your friends for dinner and drinks. Get out there and spend more time with the people who you care about, and you will be a happier person.
Becoming a happier and more content person is much easier than you would think. All it takes are a few small lifestyles changes, and you can change your outlook on life.