10 things to do every day to improve your life and enjoy more happiness

10 things to do every day to improve your life and enjoy more happiness

Achieving happiness requires nothing more than practicing a few simple disciplines each and every day…

…this has been our motto here at The Happiness Institute for almost a decade now and we've promoted a range of positive psychology "disciplines" including those listed in various of our FREE RESOURCES and specifically those listed on our Daily Happiness Checklist HERE

But today I'm happy to bring you a slightly different list (althought entirely consistent with our happiness and positive philosophy here) which I thought would be of interest to any and all of you looking to enjoy this coming weekend. 

So read on, enjoy, and most of all…put this recommendations into practice to get the most benefit! 

1) Get out in nature:

You probably seriously underestimate how important this is. (Actually, there's research that says you do.) Being in nature reduces stress, makes you more creative, improves your memory and may even make you a better person.

2) Exercise:

We all know how important this is, but few people do it consistently. Other than health benefits too numerous to mention, exercise makes you smarter, happier, improves sleep, increases libido and makes you feel better about your body. A Harvard study that has tracked a group of men for more than 70 years identified it as one of the secrets to a good life.

3) Spend time with friends and family:

Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert identified this as one of the biggest sources of happiness in our lives. Relationships are worth more than you think (approximately an extra $131,232 a year.) Not feeling socially connected can make you stupider and kill you. Loneliness can lead to heart attack, stroke and diabetes. The longest lived people on the planet all place a strong emphasis on social engagement and good relationships are more important to a long life than even exercise. Friends are key to improving your life. Share good news and enthusiatically respond when others share good news with you to improve your relationships. Want to instantly be happier? Do something kind for them.

4) Express gratitude:

It will make you happier.

It will improve your relationships.

It can make you a better person.

It can make life better for everyone around you.

5) Meditate:

Meditation can increase happiness, meaning in life, social support and attention span whie reducing anger, anxiety, depression and fatigue. Along similar lines, prayer can make you feel better — even if you're not religious…

…thanks to Eric Barker for this list and you can keep reading the full and original (with all 10 tips) list HERE