Bobby McFerrin had a point when he sang "Don't Worry Be Happy." Feeling happy has a lot to do with looking past the bad and seeking out the good, but it is easier said than done. There are a lot of things in life that can be attempting to bring you down, but luckily there are scientists to point us in the right direction of achieving daily bliss.
2. Neuroscientists Provide Us With Some Useful Tools
Neuroscience deeply studies the brain and how it affects our health and overall daily lives. These scientists are constantly discovering how human beings function and they have found significant evidence that happiness can be achieved through simple, everyday actions.
Although stacks of money or a brand new car may bring you to a place of nirvana, neuroscientists conclude that your thought process has much more to do with your happiness than material possessions. They have shared some of the top tips to feeling happy, every single day. An attitude adjustment may be in order.
A lot of your unhappiness may stem from overworking yourself. Stress, at work or home, can be a literal buzzkill. Try making one decision at a time. This method involves the brain rewarding itself when the solution of each individual problem is reached, allowing the limbic system to calm down and you to breathe easier.
It's no secret as human beings, we thrive on socialization. Physical embraces such as hugs have been proven to boost a person's mental and physical health, and even quickens recovery after injury. Longterm lack of social interaction can lead to depression — so reach out to a loved one or friend today for a little boost of happiness!
Thanking someone — whether it be your barista or a co-worker — puts you in a more positive state of mind. Letting your mind focus on pleasant, positive memories activates the release of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is responsible for boosting your mood, and its release helps to prevent depression. More reason to give thanks!
Talking through your problems is imperative to clear your head of negative thoughts. Although articulating your issues will not make the problem automatically disappear, talking through them triggers the release of serotonin. The next time you feel like suppressing your emotions, choose to confide in a friend to lessen any mental stress.
Although you may be far past your school days, the process of learning is never really complete. Those who continue to learn and encourage the development of their brain produce greater levels of dopamine, allowing them to retain the information more efficiently. Dopamine creates the feeling of pleasure, so picking up a book benefits your brain more than you realize!
Is the anticipation killing you? It turns out it may be boosting your mood. When you are awaiting something pleasurable, such as a pizza delivery or a good quarterly review a work, it actually provides that same feeling of pleasure—even before the event takes place! The excitement really is good for your brain, so don't be afraid to embrace it!
Exercise doesn't just benefit your physical health. Breaking a sweat puts your body into stress-mode, which then triggers the release of endorphins. This acts as a pain reliever to reduce inflammation throughout the body and help put you in a good mood.
11. You Don't Have To Be A Seasoned-Athlete To Reap The Benefits
The good news is that you don't have to become an Olympic athlete to put on your rose-colored glasses. Taking a brisk walk or partaking in an impromptu dance party can help you to feel mentally rejuvenated. Charlie Brown and pals definitely had the right idea.
Your entire body begins to repair when you fall asleep, making it a very important part of your day. Not getting enough shut-eye can affect the production of melatonin, which will then decrease the amount of serotonin that is released and sabotage your mental health. Make sure you are sleeping in a dark room to ensure that your body properly goes through the sleep cycle.
Scientists have concluded that 40% of our happiness is in our control, meaning that mental clarity and a positive nature can really boost your sense of joy. Although your genes and environment play a role, you really have the chance to take the wheel when it comes to your outlook on life.
According to the 2017 World Happiness Report, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Switzerland lead the pack when it comes to the happiest nations. The main components they all share? Each of these nations is high in the categories of caring, generosity, honesty, freedom, governance, and income.
Just like when Beyonce's album Lemonade went platinum — raise your arms in the air and enjoy the beauty of life. You don't need to be a chart-topping artist to live a happy existence — although it would help. Life is good, and it's about time you started living that way.