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5 Ways to be Happier in 2019

If your hope for 2019 is to be happier, science can help. Leave behind unpleasant memories of crappy things that happened last year and forge a sunnier path for yourself. There are scientifically proven ways to chase away gloom and live a more joyful life, even when all sorts of things can spoil your day, like dropping your phone in the toilet. The following are some very doable changes that may seem small but can profoundly increase your happiness.


1-Seven-Minute Therapy

Okay, so, therapy is substituted for “exercise,” but seven minutes is all it takes to increase your happiness. Check out the 7 Minute Workout, which is actually available on a variety of Google Play Apps. The routine provides you with enough exercise to lift you out of depression. Exercising relaxes you and strengthens brain power. Even if you don’t lose weight, your body image will improve, too. Scientific research found that exercise causes endorphins and proteins to be released, which gives us a happy feeling.


2-Practice the “Money Can’t Buy Happiness” Philosophy

Common to humanity is the fact that money cannot buy happiness. What makes us happiest and most fulfilled is being with friends and family. If you need a social life, you can get one. There are people near where you live who share common interests. Get out there in the world and mix with people who have similar hobbies or dreams. If you have family, visit them more often. Spend time with the people you care about and watch your happiness blossom.


3-Get More Sleep

Lack of sleep detracts from our happiness, productivity, memory, and mental clarity. During sleep, your body recovers from the day and repairs itself. Without needed sleep, another proven effect is that sensitivity to negative emotions is heightened. The way you feel in the morning and sometimes throughout the entire day is affected by the amount of sleep you got the night before.

If you’ve routinely been sleep-deprived, you will be a lot happier if you focus on ways to ensure that you get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night.


4-Connect with Nature More

Simply going outside and enjoying nature more often will make you a happier person. Science shows that mood, productivity, and memory are all improved by spending 20 minutes outdoors in good weather. The optimal outdoor temperature to increase your happiness and productivity is 57 F. Studies also show that nature decreases stress, relieves attention fatigue, and could help you become and a kinder, more generous person.


5-Volunteer 100 Hours in 2019

You can have a much happier life if you dedicate two hours per week to helping others. The science on this is solid. One of the studies was done in Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall but before the reunion of Germans to the east and west. Many opportunities to volunteer collapsed. A comparison study of those who continued to volunteer and those who couldn’t supported the hypothesis that there is greater reward and life satisfaction when you volunteer.


Do you Want more Happiness in 2019?

Isn’t it nice to know that you have some control over your own happiness? Neither the fates nor the state of politics nor awful weather need determine your joy level. Will you take steps to have trouble wiping the smile off your face this year?

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