Increase Happiness

By Mindy Longhurst

bench-color-cute-160731This week is National Happiness Happens Week. Below are some ways to increase happiness.

Breathe

Taking a few minutes to focus on deep breathing helps the body in many different ways. Deep breaths helps the body and mind to relax. This calmness helps you to be able to be less stressed, which helps you to be happier.

Think positively

Not only is positive thinking good for your health, it is also very good for your mental health. Thinking positively can reduce the amount of stress you have and can reduce the likelihood of depression.

Keep a gratitude journal

Writing in a gratitude journal every night helps to end your day thinking positively. A gratitude journal is a good reminder of the blessings that are in your life.

Serve someone

Serving someone usually makes people happy. Getting out and serving others reminds you of the blessings that are in your life.

Smile even when you do not want to

There are health benefits from smiling. Even when you are unhappy and you force yourself to smile there are endorphins that are released that help you to feel happier. So remember to keep smiling.

Be well rested

Getting a good night’s sleep helps you to feel good and be less irritable. Getting a good night’s rest helps your body to feel overall healthier.

Exercise

Exercise is another way for endorphins to be released in your body. Exercise also helps to improve your physical appearance making you feel good.

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