The International Day of Happiness may be over for 2015 but that doesn’t mean that we have to stop celebrating that joyous feeling. Below are five quick and easy ways to instantly make yourself happier and bring a smile to your face.
Even if you don’t feel like it, research has shown putting on a fake smile can have huge benefits. When you smile, your brain releases endorphins which make you feel happier, more relaxed and can even help to relieve pain.
Watch something funny
We all have a television show or a YouTube clip that never fails to get a laugh out of us. Laughter has the same endorphin-triggering effect as smiling does so if you’re feeling down in the dumps put on something that makes you laugh and you will find that your mood is instantly improved. Doing so can even help prevent heart disease which is definitely something to be happy about.
Stand up straight
Believe it or not, studies have found that posture can have a major effect on our mental state. If you slouch, you’re more likely to feel gloomy and be lacking in energy. However, sitting or standing up straight is more likely to result in a positive state of mind.
Listen to music
Plenty of research has gone into whether or not uplifting music can have an effect on our mood and all the results come back say it’s very likely. It has been found that in order for music to have the greatest effect however, you need to be deliberately trying to make yourself happier and simple background tunes aren’t enough to make you feel dramatically happier.
Get a pet
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get a furry friend then this is the perfect one. Psychologists have confirmed that pet owners tend to be fitter, less lonely, more socially outgoing and happier than people who don’t get regular contact with animals.
These techniques are no substitute for professional treatment when dealing with clinical depression but they can help people who may be feeling down. If you are worried about depression, please feel free to visit our Depression and Anxiety Treatment Programme page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments available. You can also contact us today for help.