We all want to be happy and strive for it, heart and soul. Don’t you? We at Mind Journal are committed to helping people with every information they need for happiness and better living. So, this blog shares ten simple things that make you happier.
These life hacks are simple, and don’t cost you a penny! You just need to invest a few minutes daily. And you will see significant improvement in your happiness levels.
Here are 10 best science-backed things that will surely make you happier
1. Exercise more – 7 minutes might be enough
“I don’t have time to exercise, I have a hectic schedule!” Sounds familiar? Most people have no time for exercise but can end weekends binge-watching FRIENDS on Netflix. Sure, exercise needs a lot of motivation. But, what if you just need to invest 7 minutes. Yes, you read it right! 7 minutes is enough!
A new study published by the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal showed that a 7 minutes high-intensity workout involving 12 exercises (see image below) offers the same fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training. To do this you need to deploy only body weight, a chair and a wall.
A new study 7-minute workout can easily fit into your busy schedule. Isn’t it?
Shawn Achor’s book, The Happiness Advantage, mentioned a study involving three groups of people with depression. Each of the groups was treated with either exercise, medication or a combination of two. Researchers found that participants in all groups showed improvement in their happiness levels after the end of the experiment.
When tested six months later to assess their relapse rate. 38% of the people treated only with medication slipped back into depression, while those in the combination group showed a 31 per cent relapse rate. Surprisingly, the exercise group had a relapse rate of only 9%.
According to a study in the Journal of Health Psychology, 6 x 40 mins exercise makes you feel better about your body even when there is no change in body weight and shape. So, exercise is worth it! Not just to fight depression but to boost your brainpower, improve body image, happiness and well-being. There are plenty of studies to validate the same.
2. Try for a short commute to work
The distance between your workplace and home can have a great impact on your happiness. Commuting twice a day for 5 days a week leaves you mentally and physically tired. This builds up over time making less and less happy. Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert said “Driving in traffic is a different kind of hell every day.
Two Swiss economists studied how commuting affects happiness and found that activities that make us happy like sex or a bigger house or a better job or partying cannot make up for the misery created by a long commute.
3. Breathe fresh air – 13.9°C is the happy temperature
Going out often is the key to happiness and positive psychology according to Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage. You can enjoy a positive mood just by spending 20 minutes outside in good weather. What’s more, it will boost your working memory. Don’t you think it is easy to fit 20 minutes into your so-called busy schedule?
As per the University of Sussex study “Being outdoors, near the sea, on a warm, sunny weekend afternoon is the perfect spot for most. In fact, participants were found to be substantially happier outdoors in all-natural environments than they were in urban environments.”
A 2011 research published by the American Meteorological Society showed that temperature has more effect on the happiness of an individual than wind and other factors. The study found that happiness maximises at 13.9°C. Keep this in mind the next time you go out for a walk. You can ensure that if you stay tuned with the weather forecast.