“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” –Dalai Lama
Recently scientists from Wake Forest University found that people who were asked to do something bold and energetic — like participate in a group conversation — ended up feeling happier than those who kept quiet. What can you do, right now, to have a more positive outlook?
- Be Kind. Small acts of kindness are one of the easiest way to be happier. Studies have shown that five selected acts of kindness performed over the course of a day versus over the course of seven days leads to a better mood, so get out there, give, and give often!
- Be Grateful. One of the best ways to be happy is to reflect on what you have to be happy about. Whether it’s good health, a loving family, or a killer career, just remember that if you remind yourself of these good things, you’ll start to feel the effects immediately. Research has shown that penning a thank-you letter to someone, even without sending it, has been effective in lifting spirits.
- Be Proactive. It’s easy to lose focus when looking at today, but if you imagine the future ––and often–– you’re more likely to achieve the goals you visualize for yourself. Do you want to run that 5k? Start thinking about it now. An optimistic view of the future can help you be happier right now.