KEEPING YOURSELF HAPPY-2

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SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!

Yes, do that so that you do not regret it on your death bed. Studies have shown that staying in touch with your family and friends is one of the top five reasons for a person’s regret on their death bed. Now if you want more evidence that spending some amount of quality time is actually beneficial for you, I’ve found some research that proves it can make you happier right now. Actually the reality is that social time is highly valuable when it comes to improving our own happiness, even for the people who are introverts. Several studies have shown us that time spent with our respective families and friends make a big difference to how much happiness we feel in generally. I love the way how it is explained so beautifully that we are happy when we have our families around us, we are happy when we have our friends around us as well and almost all other things we think that make us happy are actually just the different ways of getting more people to be a part of our family and friends which tends to widen our circle. On one hand we could have actual increases in income, on the other hand, very little happiness. So even if we could increase our annual income by hundreds of thousands of dollars and still not be as happy as if we increased the strength of our social relationships. Studies have found out that relationships and how we help others were important factors in living long and happy lives. But what the actual surprise is that beyond social network size, the clearest benefit of social relationships comes from helping others. Those who helped their friends and neighbors, advising and caring for others, tended to live to old age.

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GO OUTSIDE!!

Making time to go outside on a nice day also delivers a huge advantage. Studies have found out that spending even at least 20 minutes outside in good weather not only boosted a positive mood, but broadened a person’s thinking and improved working memory of his or her mind. This could be pretty good news for those of you who are worried about fitting new habits into your respective already busy schedules. Twenty minutes is quite a short enough time to spend outside that you could fit it into your commute or even your lunch break. It has been found out that spending time outside make people happier and calmer. Being outdoors, either near the sea on a warm and sunny weekend afternoon is the perfect spot for most of the people. In fact, participants in various scientific studies were found to be substantially happier outdoors in all natural environments than they were in urban environments.

HELP OTHERS!!

It is said that helping other people for about a hundred hours a year is magical. One of the most counterintuitive pieces of advice I found after a great deal of research on the internet is that to make yourself feel happier, you should help others. In fact, 100 hours per year (or two hours per week) is the optimum time that we could and should dedicate to helping others which in turn will enrich our own lives. Studies have shown that when in one instance where around a hundred and fifty people were interviewed and asked about their recent purchases it was found out that most of the people had spent on activities such as movies, a concert or a group dinner somewhere outside in a good food hub in comparison to any kind of material purchases such as footwear, clothes, cosmetics and similar such things. it turns out that spending money on other people also known as “prosocial spending” also boosts a great deal of happiness. So spending money on other people has the ability to make us happier than buying expensive things for ourselves. But what about spending our time on other people? Scientists have found out that an act of kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase of well being than any kind or form of exercise that they have tested so far.

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PRACTICE SMILING!!

Smiling is an act which has the capability of itself making us feel better and it is more effective when it is being backed up by the positive thoughts hidden in our minds. Studies suggest that customer service workers who fake a smile throughout the day worsen their mood and withdraw from their respective works, affecting productivity. But workers who smile as a result of cultivating genuine positive thoughts – such as a tropical vacation or a child’s recital – improve their mood and they tend to withdraw less. But again, it is important to practice real smiles because when you use your eye sockets, you could easily spot the difference. Smiling can improve your attention and also help us to perform better in cognitive tasks. Smiling can make us feel good which also tends to increase our paying attention flexibility and our ability to think holistically. With so many benefits behind smiling alone, why not just do it instead of grumping about issues of your daily lives!

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