1. Travel often
Traveling always brings new experiences and moments to remember, but
Traveling also makes us happier
. A study (
) by Dr. Jeroen Nalwun, a professor at the University of Breda (Netherlands), points out that
. According to the study, planning a vacation brings a higher degree of happiness because of the effect of anticipating the good times that await us.
In contrast, it is important to note that the subjects in the study showed no significant differences once they returned from their vacation.
This seems to indicate that one of the keys to happiness is planning the trip, not the trip itself.
2. Send messages of appreciation
Gratitude is a powerful emotion that brings us psychological benefits
) has found that the practice of gratitude can increase happiness by 25%.
On the other hand, another study (
) showed that only three letters in a three-week period were sufficient to reliably increase the happiness and life satisfaction of the research subjects.
3. Live in the present
Living constantly in the future creates expectations that can make a person who is not in the present moment more unhappy.
fantasizing or worrying about things that haven’t even happened yet is unnecessary suffering
. But living in the present does not mean that you should not have goals, but that you have to be realistic and go step by step to achieve them. In fact, a study from the University of Wisconsin found that working towards a goal suppresses negative emotions, as well as activating positive feelings.
4. Spend more time with friends and family
Spending time with family and friends is one of the keys to happiness that we should always keep in mind
. In fact, not having spent enough time with friends and family is one of the main regrets most people express before they die. Therefore, spending time with those we appreciate and cherish affects our mood positively.
Research in the book
concludes that relationships with others are fundamental to living a long and happy life.
5. Listen to music
The world of science has investigated how music will influence our mood. A study by Saarikallio and Erkkila in 2008 concluded that
listening to good music positively affects our mood and our state of mind
Another study (
) by Lonsdale and North (2010) states that listening to music provides us with multiple psychological benefits, including: managing and controlling negative emotional states.
6. Live happiness and stop looking for it
One of the keys to being happy, and one that is important to keep in mind is:
stop looking for happiness
. Several experts warn that the obsessive search for happiness produces the opposite effect, i.e. unhappiness.
According to a Yale University study, constantly seeking happiness can generate anxiety and distress. This obsession with being happy at all costs seems to produce little tolerance for frustration if the results are not achieved immediately. Happiness is moments, and moments of “unhappiness” should not be seen as failures.
7. Practice Exercise
Continued exercise will make you feel better, increase your energy levels and reduce your stress levels. Plus, it’s, uh..,
physical exercise will help you release brain chemicals like endorphins, which will make you perceive reality in a positive way
8. Surround yourself with positive people
According to research (
The happiness of one depends largely on the happiness of the people with whom one has constant contact. In other words,
happiness can be contagious
Being with people who have a positive and enthusiastic attitude on all four sides has a positive effect on your well-being.
9. Live close to work
the happiest subjects in their research were those who took no more than 20 minutes to get to their workplace
. This study states that spending more than 20 minutes to go to work has a negative effect on both the physical and psychological well-being of people.
10. Going out
Many studies show that
going out, especially on sunny days, is good for our body and mind
. The sun is a fantastic natural antidepressant, it stimulates endocrine functions and increases the production of serotonin, a mood-related neurotransmitter.
One study (
) of the London School of Economics and Political Science concluded that p
roasting time outdoors increases joy and good mood and can also improve memory.