How To Be Happy

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Wondering how to make today a good day? Turns out scientists had the same question. Check out the things they discovered that can increase your happiness and make today great:

1. See Happy Friends

According to Brigham Young University researchers, low social interaction is just as bad for your lifespan as obesity, being an alcoholic, or even smoking fifteen cigarettes a day. So get out and socialize! Especially with your happiest friends. For each happy friend you have, you have a 9% increased chance of being happy yourself.

Group of Happy College Friends

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2. Be Kind To Others

Performing small acts of kindness for others can lead to an increase in life satisfaction after just 10 days. So buy a cup of coffee for the person behind you, buy someone flowers without a reason, or do whatever you can think of!

Female College Student Holding Flowers Outside

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3. Go For A Run

It only takes 20 minutes of working out for your brain to begin producing endorphins, which are the “happy chemicals” that create the euphoric post-workout high. In that same 20 minutes, your body releases a protein which protects you from stress as well as emotional disorders, such as depression.

Going Outside For A Run Sneakers

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4. Try Something New

People who take part in a wide range of activities are more likely to retain positive emotions and minimize negative ones than people who said “no” to that weekend rock-climbing class.

Outdoor Rock Climbing

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5. Say Thank You

Dr. Robert Emmons, Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology, says that practicing gratitude can increase happiness levels by 25%. Writing in a gratitude journal for a few hours over three weeks can increase happiness and keep it at a higher level for six or more months.

Say Thank You Note Card

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So there you have it! What are you going to do to be happier?

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