Everyone wants to be happy. Isn’t that life’s end goal? To be happy? Studies have pointed to the belief that we can control about 40% of our happiness, the rest is based off genetics and external factors. So if we can control about close to half of our happiness, let’s try and make ourselves happier dammit!
They’re Maintaining Close Relationships
We’re not talking specifically about romantic relationships. We’re referring to close, meaningful relationships with anyone, whether it’s a friend, a coworker, or family member. A number of studies have shown that people who have close relationships with people they trust and support are more likely to be happy. If you’re having a rough day, plan on getting a quick dinner with a friend. If you’re schedule is busy, try squeezing in 15 minutes of talk time with someone. Spending time with friends can have a powerful effect on your happiness.
They’re Getting Better Sleep
We cannot stress this enough. SLEEP!!! People really undervalue the importance of sleep sometimes. Many researchers have expressed that getting better sleep is one of the biggest single contributors to feeling happier. They’ve even said getting better sleep is just as comparable to doubling your income. That being said, get those 7-8 hours of sleep in!!!
They’re Staying Active
Being active doesn’t necessarily mean exercising everyday (although that’d be ideal). It means simply moving more and being less sedentary. In the happiest populations, people are staying active with “non-exercise” activities. This means walking more, biking to places, and just keeping your body moving. And as studies have shown, increased levels of physical activity have been connected to higher levels of happiness.
They’re Appreciating Nature
We’ve all been “one with nature” at some point in our lives. But now it’s time to seriously be one with it. Research has shown that immersing yourself in nature, whether that’s going hiking or just taking a simple stroll through the park, can help decrease anxiety and worry. Even just sitting out in your own backyard can be stress-relieving. Spending time in nature can also be a good moment to reflect on the positive things in your life.
They’re Spending Money On Experiences
If you’ve been hesitating about taking that trip, do it! Have you ever noticed how short happiness feels when you buy a material item compared to spending money on something like a girl’s trip. It’s because experiences tend to make you more happy than material items. Researchers have also found that buying things that lead to you having an experience – such as buying a book – can increase happiness. So don’t feel bad about that Sunday brunch with your friends. Take it all in!