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Use These 3 Great Happiness Hacks

Celebrate International Day of Happiness on March 20th with these three daily happiness hacks. They are incredibly simple and effective habits to increase happiness.

I have found that these simple habits that can help me maintain and grow my happiness. If I don’t practice these three habits, I notice that more negative thoughts and unwanted feelings can creep into my brain.

The first habit is to practice gratitude. Take a moment each day to think about the things you’re grateful for. It could be as simple as appreciating a sunny day, a delicious meal, or spending time with friends. By focusing on the positive aspects of your life, you’ll feel happier and more content.

I personally find myself in a prayer of gratitude just as I am awakening for the day. I’m not even sure about when I started doing that. It has become an almost daily habit. Sometimes I might miss a day of doing it before I get out of bed. But when that happens, I don’t beat myself up for forgetting like I used to. Instead, I congratulate myself for remembering and express my gratitude for whatever pops into my head at the moment.

The second habit I have tried diligently to practice daily for decades is to stay active. I try to make sure I get some physical activity every day, whether it’s going for a walk, playing with the dogs, or exercising. I enjoy exercising because I can schedule it and it releases one of the brain’s pleasure chemicals, endorphins. That’s a good thing! Staying active also helps me reduce stress and improves my overall mood. I find that I must exercise first thing in the morning, right after I’ve had my second sip of coffee, or it won’t get done. I usually weightlift with dumbbells or a do a functional strength routine, although recently I’ve discovered a fondness for chair yoga. Who would have thought?

The third way to increase happiness is to connect with others. For me spending time with friends and family or reaching out to someone I haven’t talked to in a while creates a flood of positive feelings, emotions, and more good brain chemicals, specifically oxytocin. I find that connecting with others and building strong relationships is essential for my happiness. I am a people person and enjoy engaging the Tend and Befriend Stress Response. Having an uplifting conversation, committing an act of kindness, or sending text message of encouragement or gratitude can brighten someone else’s day and your day. Getting connected to others is happiness building!

Practicing gratitude, staying active, and connecting with others, will boost your happiness and help you enjoy each day to the fullest.

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