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Few people go through life without wanting to be happier.You may think happiness is out of your control, but believe it or not, there are a few scientifically-proven ways to make yourself happier, and they’re all things you can do proactively.
Spending money on other people instead of yourself makes you feel happier, a study published in 'Psychological Bulletin' found.
The study concluded 'the happiest people were the biggest givers, no matter what they earned,' and always felt better donating to charities and giving to others than splurging on themselves.
A study showed that exposing yourself to the colour blue sent 'self confidence soaring, cut stress, and boosts happiness.'
Researchers from the University of Sussex 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 'linking the colour of the afternoon and evening sky to the feeling of a day well spent, and the prospect of a good night's sleep.'
Dr. Deepak Chopra, author of The Ultimate Happiness Prescription: 7 Keys to Joy and Enlightenment, has said that maintaining neutrality is the best way to keep yourself happy.
Pushing your point of view on someone else who disagrees won't actually make you happy.
'You can save 99 per cent of your psychological energy--and feel happier--if you can stop defending your point of view,
In a recent study, people who attended church regularly responded that they were happier and more satisfied with their lives than people who were not religious.
Bruce Headey, an associate professor at the University of Melbourne, researched happiness 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 emotionally stable partners.
Six hours and 15 minutes a night of un-interrupted sleep makes for the happiest people, 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 scale of one to five. Those who slept around six hours and 15 minutes a night ranked the happiest.0
From 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 minutes to work.
Studies have showed that long commutes affect health, fitness, and happiness.
Can you count to 10?
Adults who said they had 10 good friends were happier than those who could count five 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.
The study concluded that we should nourish our friendships to help enrich our own personal happiness.
It may seem like a lot of work, but acting happy when you're actually sad can actually make you feel happier.
Several studies have shown that just the act of smiling can cause people to experience happy feelings.
Our relationships with our significant others have a large effect on our happiness, research has showed.
People in relationships were generally found to be happier than other people, and spouses have the highest sense of well-being, whether they are happily married or not, according to a study from Cornell University.
The stronger the commitment, the happier the people in the relationship were, the study found.
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