At the photo you can see my little baby boy, looking very happy. He is like that most of the time, but why is that? I can only guess, but I think it is pretty basic.
He needs enough sleep, and to not get too hungry. Science backs that up; these two factors have a big impact on happiness.
His basic psychological needs must be covered as well, which include feeling loved and secure. Furthermore he is always active, playing with his toes and rolling over. He challenges himself and keeps improving new skills, he explores new things, toys, foods etc.
All these factors play an important role in what makes him and ALL of us happy!
10 things scientifically proven to help us all become more happy*:
1. Sleep More: You’ll be less sensitive to negative emotions
We know that sleep helps our body recover from the day and repair itself and that it helps us focus and be more productive. It turns out sleep is also important for happiness.
Here is how sleep affects positivity:
Negative stimuli get processed by the amygdala; positive or neutral memories gets processed by the hippocampus. Sleep deprivation hits the hippocampus harder than the amygdala. The result is that sleep-deprived people fail to recall nice memories yet recall bad memories just fine.
2. Exercise: Even 10 minutes is enough
Think exercise is something you don’t have time for? Think again. check out my workout videos most of them are 10 minutes. That’s a workout any of us can fit into our schedules.
Exercise can help you relax, increase your brain power, and even improve your body image, even if you don’t lose any weight. Yep: Even if your actual appearance doesn’t change, how you feel about your body does change.
Exercise makes our brains, release proteins and endorphins that make us feel happier.
3. Challenge yourself and explore:
Challenge and novelty are key elements of happiness. The brain is stimulated by surprise, and successfully dealing with an unexpected situation gives a powerful sense of satisfaction. People who do new things―learn a game, travel to unfamiliar places―are happier than people who stick to familiar activities that they already do well.
4. Spend more time with family/friends
Staying in touch with friends and family is one of the top five regrets of the dying.
If you want more evidence that time with friends is beneficial for you, research proves it can make you happier right now, too.
Social time is highly valuable when it comes to improving our happiness, even for introverts. Several studies have found that time spent with friends and family makes a big difference to how happy we feel.
I am never happier than when I spend time with my family. When you have small children you realise how time flies, you HAVE to enjoy every second with them. It is great to know that it will make me even happier, – right now.
5. Get outside more
Making time to go outside on a nice day is so important. Spending 20 minutes outside in good weather not only boosts positive mood, but broadens thinking and improves working memory.
This is pretty good news for those of us who are worried about fitting new habits into our already-busy schedules. Twenty minutes is a short enough time to spend outside that you could fit it into your commute or even your lunch break.
6. Help others
To make yourself feel happier, you should help others. In fact, 100 hours per year (or two hours per week) is the optimal time we should dedicate to helping others in order to enrich our lives! This is why I love what I do, helping other people one by one.
7. Practice smiling
Reduces pain, improves mood, think better.
Smiling can make us feel better, but it’s more effective when we back it up with positive thoughts.
A smile is also a good way to reduce some of the pain we feel in troubling circumstances.
8. Plan a trip: It helps even if You don’t actually take one
Simply planning a vacation or break from work can improve our happiness. The planning stage of a vacation gives a sense of great happiness as people enjoy the sense of anticipation.
If you can’t take the time for a vacation right now, or even a night out with friends, put something on the calendar, even if it’s a month or a year down the road. Then, whenever you need a boost of happiness, remind yourself about it.
9. Meditate: Rewire Your brain for happiness
Meditation is often said to be an important habit for improving focus, clarity, and attention span, as well as helping to keep you calm. It turns out it’s also useful for improving your happiness.
Meditation literally clears your mind and calms you down, it’s been often proven to be the single most effective way to live a happier life.
10. Practice Gratitude: Increase happiness and satisfaction
This is a seemingly simple strategy but I’ve personally found it to make a huge difference to my outlook. There are lots of ways to practice gratitude, from counting your blessings every day, writing down or sharing three good things that happen each day with a friend or your partner, and going out of your way to show gratitude when others help you.
*The results for each person can vary. There’s no guarantee of specific results.