Everyone in the world wants to be happy, correct? I was never a really happy person. I was always depressed about something going on with me. When 2010 started, I decided that was the end of it. My New Year’s resolution was to become happy. Plain & simple. I didn’t care what it took; I was going to be happy.
So, I started looking up way to get happy, and just little helpful hints for me to make my life better. I looked on Cosmopolitan’s website, and found a bunch of articles. One that I found very helpful is called “24 Short Cuts to a Happier Life”. You can read the whole article HERE. These are my favorites though:
Grin, even if you don’t feel like it. This is one time when it’s okay to fake it. Just force yourself to smile when you need a lift. Research at Clark University found that students who were induced to smile actually felt happier. “Even just going through the motions can trigger feelings of joy,” says Myers.
Always have something to look forward to. Make dinner reservations three weeks in advance. Buy a pair of concert tickets for next month. When you pre-plan a fabulous future, you sweeten your outlook on life.
Treat yourself to a massage. Skin-to- skin contact stimulates nerves that send happy signals to your brain by increasing levels of serotonin, your body’s natural antidepressant. “Touching is as vital to your well-being as good nutrition and exercise are,” says Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine.
What do you guys think of this list? What makes you happy? Are there little things you do to make yourself happy?