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What makes happiness the most interesting concept in the whole entire universe is the fact we all have totally different ideas of a) what it is, b) what it will give us and c) how we get it. That said, we know that we all deserve to be happy in who we are and what we have (we know this because Hollywood has told us so), and so we are all absolutely obsessed with finding happiness.
The problem is – at least most of the time – happiness seems so far away or so hard to reach. It sucks. But what if there were things you could do today that would make you happier, like really happy, what then?
Well, hoping this was possible, we went and looked at what science had to say about this whole happiness thing, and here is what it had to say:
1. The 7-Minute Workout
Exercise has an incredible amount of sway over happiness. So much so, studies prove it can actually have a positive impact on depression. That said, most people think you have to run a half-marathon in order for endorphins to start leaking into your body and thus the feeling of happiness to blossom. However, it could be that seven minutes of exercise is enough, meaning you probably can fit it into your day after all.
2. Sleep Is A Superpower
When you are at school and sat in science class, you learn how sleep is important because it helps our bodies recover. But what you rarely learn is how a good night’s sleep is also super-important in terms of happiness. Of course, getting a good night’s sleep is easier said than done. That said, there are things you can do, such as going here for more information on why a good mattress is important, or getting into a regular bedtime routine or just saying no top tech for the hour before bed. It all works.
3. Move Your Work Closer
How many times do you complain about your commute to work on a weekly basis? A lot, right? And it makes sense. It’s something we do twice a day, five days a week and that means it is bound to have an effect on us, especially our mood. And it does. It affects our happiness. But here’s something you may not have realised: the longer the commute the more miserable you will feel. Using that fact, it might be worth living in a smaller house in order to live closer to your job or, if possible, finding a way to work from home.
4. More Friends, More Family
One of the most obvious truths out there – and yet one that we still struggle to adhere to – is the fact that socialising improves our happiness. But you knew this. You love being with friends and family. You love the laughs you have when you all get together. However, as you get older, you start to find it is harder and harder to stay in touch, even with modern technology. Don’t let life get in the way, though. You will only regret it. Stay in touch with your friends and family, always.