The 14 Simple Ways to Increase Happiness and They’re All Backed by Science
Science reveals 14 simple ways people can feel more content.
This coincides with the International Day Of Happiness, which falls today.
From eating dark chocolate and drinking green tea to being grateful and meditating, lifestyle changes can make a bigger difference to people’s moods.
Studies even suggest something as simple as de-cluttering your desk can boost contentment by up to 40 per cent.
Getting plenty of sleep and spending time in nature also makes us feel better, research adds.
A piece for Women’s Health outlines 14 simple ways you can boost your mood today.
Look after number one
Research suggests the happiest people in the world make their own contentment their first priority, which then allows them to give more to those around them.
Eat dark chocolate
A small square of dark chocolate causes the brain to release feel-good endorphins and boosts levels of the so-called ‘happy hormone’ serotonin.
Go for the darkest chocolate you can find; milk varieties are often very high in sugar.
Don’t assume you could be happier
Studies show thinking you will be more content if you were only thinner, richer or more intelligent is often incorrect.
People should also be aware they appreciate life’s pleasures less the more they experience them, hence the initial ‘honeymoon phase’ of relationships.