The best ways to stay happy

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Who doesn't want to be happier? In this article you will find a handful of useful tips to become happier. I suggest you start small, apply one or two of these principles, working towards adopting all of these into your daily life.

 

Six simple ways to increase your happiness

1. Workout   

If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all. Research confirms that individuals who workout regularly are happier than those who don’t, all things considered equal.

So why are they happier? The answer is because they feel better about their bodies, because they’ve found an excellent way to relieve stress, and because they’re getting healthier.

To be happier you need to be moving. It would be fair to say that a lot of people are spending more time sitting down than sleeping a day. The more time you spend sitting, the higher your risk of obesity and the associated health problems. Being active throughout the day is the key to good health.

2. Sleep   

Without sufficient physical energy, it’s very difficult to be happy, and sleep is the foundation of physical energy. Ninety-five percent of us require 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night in order to be fully rested, although the vast majority of us get somewhere between 6 to 6 ½ hours of sleep.

It is so importance to get a full good nights sleep in order tomaximize your resting time. Insufficient sleep can lead to obesity, heart disease and diabetes. It can also impact your immune system, which of course means you’ll be more likely to get sick.

The bottom line is that if you want to be more productive, eat better and achieve your goals, then you need to focus on getting an adequate amount of sleep.

3. Get organized   

Order, the accurate arrangement of things. You may think you need Prozac, when what you really need is to clean your house.

Order creates a sense of well being. Disorder creates confusion and uncertainty. So get organized, organize your day, organize your closet, organize your bathroom, organize your life’s priorities, and your happiness will increase.

John Steinbeck wrote, in Travels with Charley, that “Everything in the world must have order or the human mind rejects it.” You must give your mind order, or it will reject happiness.

4. Meditate   

“During meditation your metabolism and your breath rate go down to a level of rest, twice that of deep sleep.” –Mike Love

Why does meditation make you happier? Primarily because it relieves stress. Most of us run all day long, like computers; running as many applications simultaneously as possible. But we’re not computers, so less we burn out, it is necessary that we stop and reflect.

You will get more done in the long run, and you will be happier, when you take time to meditate. Remember, time out is better than burn out.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle. You have all heard that before. How do you create a habit that will stick? Here you will find how to turn meditation into a sustainable habit.

5. Improve your diet   

Although nothing maybe as satisfying as a juicy hamburger and although it may give your brain a temporary sense of happiness, the after effect, as well as the long-term effect is not as positive. Research confirms that individuals who eat healthier, are happier and live longer. These individuals have found ways to deal with stress without the use of food.

6. Take a break (or vacation) and laugh   

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” –Milton Berle

All systems in your body pulse rhythmically when you’re healthy – brain waves, body temperature, blood pressure, heartbeat, and hormone levels.

How you spend your time should “pulse” as well. It’s true that all work and no play will make Johnny a dull boy. It will also make Johnny sad and depressed.

Take a break, research suggests that the most we can work continuously, while maximizing productivity, is 90 minutes at a time. So after 90 minutes of work, or less, take a few minutes to take a break, take a walk, read something funny, close your eyes and do some deep breathing, go talk to a co-worker, spouse or friend, or just take a few seconds to relax your mind, if you do, you will be happier.

Vacations are necessary, no matter how busy you are. You need to give yourself a break every now and then, or at least just take the day off. Taking some time away from the 'rat race' is good for your health and you might find that your job satisfaction will also increase.

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