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HOW TO BE HAPPY

HOW TO BE HAPPY

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You have the power to make yourself happier.That's what we learned from 13 scientific studies that discovered small changeswe can all make to improve our outlook on life.From writing down the good parts of your day to simply smiling, here are a few proactive steps you can take towards becoming a happier you.Spend money on other people.Spend money on other people.Federico Rostagno / Shutterstock.comSpending money on other people instead of yourself makes you feel happier, a study published in "Psychological Bulletin" found.The study concluded that "the happiest people were the biggest givers, no matterwhat they earned." They always felt better donating to charities and giving toothers than splurging on themselves.Count your blessings.Count your blessings.National Geographic/YouTubeLiterally.University of Pennsylvania professor Martin Seligman (as well as multiple otherindependent studies) proved that people who wrote down three good things that happened to them every night were significantly happier than the control group.They don't even have to be important: Your crush smiling at you or your spouse remembering to buy your favorite dessert count, too.Try something new.Try something new.Jim Grady via FlickrPeople who go on adventures, try new experiences, and switch up their routines are generally happier, research has shown.Trying new things also keeps motor function sharp and stimulates brain waves.Delay gratification.Delay gratification.KellyKautz / FlickrStringing a candy necklace together in Pennsylvania.Anticipating happiness actually makes you happy.Studies have shown that it's human nature to forestall an enjoyable event. Looking forward to a nice dinner or eating all of your Halloween candy is part of thefun.Expose yourself to more blue.Expose yourself to more blue.Researchers from the University of Sussex showed that exposing yourself to the color blue sent "self confidence soaring, cut stress, and boosts happiness."The study found that when people saw blue, their brain waves showed increased happiness.According to The Daily Mail, our love for blue comes from our ancestors "linkingthe color of the afternoon and evening sky to the feeling of a day well spent,
 
and the prospect of a good night's sleep."Set goals for yourself.Set goals for yourself.LululemonThe psychologist Jonathan Freedman claims that people who set objectives for themselves
whether it's short-term or long-term
are happier than those who don't.And the University of Wisconsin neuroscientist Richard Davidson found that working towards a goal won't just activate positive feelings, but also suppress negative emotions.Stop defending your point of view.Stop defending your point of view.Craig Loftus / FlickrDr. Deepak Chopra, author of The Ultimate Happiness Prescription: 7 Keys to Joyand Enlightenment, has said that maintaining neutrality is the best way to keepyourself happy."You can save 99 percent of your psychological energy
and feel happier
if you can stop defending your point of view,
says Chopra.Go to church.Go to church.Stuck in Customs / FlickrIn a recent study, people who attended church regularly responded that they werehappier and more satisfied with their lives than people who were not religious.Bruce Headey, an associate professor at the University of Melbourne, researchedhappiness among a group of people for 25 years, and found that people who went to church stayed thin, avoided worrying about their careers, and had emotionallystable partners.Sleep at least six hours every night.Sleep at least six hours every night.Flickr/edenpicturesSix hours and 15 minutes a night of un-interrupted sleep makes for the happiestpeople, a study commissioned by the British company Yeo Valley found.The study asked adults ages 18 to 65 to rate their level of happiness on a scaleof one to five. Those who slept around six hours and 15 minutes a night rankedthe happiest.Slash your commute to 20 minutes.Slash your commute to 20 minutes.AP ImagesFrom the same British study that found adults need to sleep at least six hours to be happy, the happiest respondents were also found to commute just 20 minutesto work.The length of your commute even affects your health and fitness.Make sure you have at least 10 good friends.Make sure you have at least 10 good friends.Flickr via pinksherbetAdults who said they had 10 good friends were happier than those who could countfive or less close friends, research from Nottingham University found.And it seemed the "more the merrier" really did apply. The more friends one had,the happier he or she seemed.

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