The latest science offers simple tips to find that sweet spot where life is good. Try these 6 tricks to adjust your mood and become truly happy.
Smile More Often
Grin up! A study from Psychological Science showed that smiling so that the muscles around the mouth and eyes are engaged can measurably lower your heart rate.
Build a Group of Good Friends
Friends really do make life better. Research at the University of Hawaii found that stress is contagious, meaning who you’re around makes a big difference. Chummy up with positive friends, family, and coworkers, and stay clear of those who are negative.
Don’t be Afraid to Get Wet
It’s a beautiful site, but did you know that looking at water actually boosts your mood? New research finds that being by bodies of water has a calming effect because it’s reminiscent of our gestation period in amniotic fluid.
Live in the Moment
Your mind has powerful effects on your happiness. Slowing down and focusing on the present moment can significantly reduce your stress hormone cortisol levels. Next time you feel overwhelmed, take a few deep breaths.
Singing with friends along to your favorite album is more than just fun. A new study from Sweden’s University of Gothenburg found that when choir members sing together their hearts begin to synchronize, which calms the body and mind. Singing has been found to lower the incident of depression and anxiety while improving a general sense of well-being.
Yes, you can! Self-affirmation can protect against the negative effects of stress. Before a stressful situation, take a moment to remember or jot down your personal values as a way to de-stress, focus, and succeed.