Easy things you can do every day to feel happy
Being happy is much easier said than done. In fact, according to the 2017 Harris Poll, a longtime survey on Americans' happiness, just 33 percent of us say that we’re happy. It might seem impossible to get that statistic up, but there are plenty of things you can do to combat those negative emotions preventing you from reaching peak joy. Here, we've compiled 50 easy ways to feel amazing every day, from the moment you wake up to the moment your head hits the pillow at night. These tiny free tips will have you feeling much happier, more appreciative, and excited for each day life brings in no time!
1.Drink more water
Want to feel amazing in mere seconds? Drink up!
“Most people don’t drink enough water,” says Stephanie Paver, a registered dietician based in Scottsdale, Arizona. “By simply increasing your intake of this essential nutrient, you can improve energy, gain mental clarity and alertness, improve blood sugar balance, reduce headaches, mitigate constipation, and avoid urinary tract infections and kidney stones.” And who doesn’t want all that?
2.Have a good laugh
Whether you get there by reading a few corny jokes or watching a funny movie, laughter really is the best medicine when it comes to your general wellbeing. A 2011 study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found that Laughter Yoga—a combination of unconditioned laughter and yoga-style breathing—helped combat depressive symptoms and improved subjects’ overall satisfaction with their lives.
3.Pet an animal
The key to feeling amazing? Spending time with your furry friends. In a 2019 study published in the journal AERA Open, university students who pet a cat or dog for just 10 minutes saw significant reductions in their levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
4.Or watch a cute animal video
Who doesn’t love seeing adorable creatures living their best lives? Actually, taking some time to watch a cute animal video may even make you more productive.
In a 2012 study published in the journal PLoS One, participants looked at cute animal images and then were asked to perform a series of tasks. The topplay researchers found that “participants performed tasks requiring focused attention more carefully after viewing cute images.”
5.Step back from social media
Yes, social media specifically can have myriad negative effects on your mental health. That’s why it pays to limit the time you spend scrolling through your Instagram and Twitter feeds. In fact, in one 2018 study published in the Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology, researchers found that limiting social media usage reduced participants’ feelings of depression and loneliness.