5 Ways To Be Happy Backed By Science
Happiness is not just about trying to keep a positive state-of-mind, there is a science to it. Our friends over at the Greatist have created a list of 25 Science-Backed Ways to Feel Happier and we wanted to give you our top 5.
Spend Time Outside. According to the Greatist, living near green spaces or even looking at pictures of nature can mean better mental health. Why? According to the article, nature can “stimulate the parts of your brain associated with happiness, positivity, and emotional stability. Plus, spending time in the great outdoors exposes us to sunlight, which can help our bodies produce vitamin D." Even soaking up just 15 minutes of sunlight a day and can help boost your spirits.
Get Moving. Exercise is not just good for the body; it is great for the mind too. According to the Greatist, “Physical activity helps our bodies produce disease-fighting proteins – called antibodies- and our brains release endorphins."
Pass On The Positivity! Happiness is contagious. When someone smiles, you smile. When someone laughs, you laugh. It's what the Greatist calls “a waterfall effect." So, show some love, share a laugh, and help boost the happiness of your entire social network.
Let It Go. Learning to let go can be difficult but detaching yourself from certain stresses or worries and replacing them with laughter, love, and lightheartedness can really boost your overall happiness. It's not easy, but it is worth it.
Smell The Roses. It's been scientifically proven that flowers can reduce the feeling of pain and anxiety and increase the feeling of happiness, creativity and offer and overall vibe of pleasantness.
Want a few more ways to get happy? Check out the complete list over at the Greatist.