A few years ago, on a morning like any other, I had a sudden realization: I was in danger of wasting my life. I decided on the spot to begin a systematic study of happiness. It did. I made myself happier. And along the way, I learned a lot about how to be happier. Here are those lessons.
- Exercise more—7 minutes might be enough.
- Sleep more—you’ll be less sensitive to negative emotions.
- Move closer to work—a short commute is worth more than a big house.
- Spend time with friends and family—don’t regret it on your deathbed.
- Go outside—happiness is maximized outdoors.
- Help others—100 hours a year is the magical number.
- Practice smiling—it can alleviate pain.
- Plan a trip—try it alone.
- Meditate—rewire your brain for happiness.
- Practice gratitude— increase both happiness and life satisfaction.
I love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that is actually backed up by science. All the best.