New Delhi: Today is International Day of Happiness, a day to be happy, of course! Celebrated each year on March 20, the International Day of Happiness was conceptualized and founded by philanthropist, activist, statesman, and prominent United Nations special advisor Jayme Illien to inspire, mobilize, and advance the global happiness movement.
This year’s theme is Share Happiness – focusing on the importance of relationships, kindness and helping each other.
Scientific evidence suggests that being happy can do wonders for your health in a number of ways, although it may not be possible to be jolly or elated all the time. Being happy doesn’t just lighten your heart, it actually offers you a range of health benefits, and a longer, healthier life is one of them. In fact, happy people are found to be way ahead of others. They are also likely to eat healthier diets and engage in physical activity, which promotes overall health. Being happy means continually experiencing a feeling of positive emotions such as joy, contentment, and satisfaction even while dealing with problems in your life, though, it may be hard.
Some studies suggest that happiness, to a large extent, is determined by a person’s genes. And yet, psychologists who study happiness believe we can pursue happiness. So, if you are yearning to be happy, there are many things you can do. Here are five proven ways to be happier:
Give yourself a boost
Turns out, diet is the key to health and happiness. Eating healthy is linked to better self-esteem and fewer emotional problems apart from making you healthier in the long run. Here, we’re talking fruit, veggies, and protein. Foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids are super healthy and can also increase happiness, lessen symptoms of depression, and demolish anxiety.
For a number of times, science has shown that physically active people are happier, which indicates that exercise may have a positive effect on mood and well-being. Regular exercise reduces stress, anxiety, depression, panic and other mental health problems. It increases endorphins and other feel-good brain chemicals, and thus improves your mood.
Spend more time with family and friends
Spending time with family and friends is one of the best things you can for your overall health, including happiness. Studies have proven that the amount of time spent with family and friends goes a long way beyond creating memorable experiences. Just as alone time is important to increase productivity and creativity, quality time with friends and family is so crucial to be happy.
Counteract negative thoughts and feelings
While a few negative thoughts and feelings can add a little spice to an otherwise mundane day, being negative all the time can actually trick you into believing you’re not good or worthy enough. Negative emotions and thinking can have a huge impact on your health, your emotional well-being and the quality of your life – – all these factors affect happiness. Try to kickstart your day with positive thoughts and practice keeping up the good feelings throughout the day. The are many techniques that can help you overcome anxiety and promote serenity such as meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, etc.
Turns out, smiling is one of the easiest and cheapest methods to boost your health, mood, longevity and even your success. In fact, smiles do a lot more than simply reflect that you are happy and content. Smiling has numerous health benefits – from lowering stress levels and heart rate to improving productivity and mood. That’s largely so because, when you smile, neurotransmitters called endorphins are released. Endorphins are known to help relieve pain and induce feelings of pleasure or euphoria.
Get adequate sleep
While following the above-suggested tips it is important to note that the magic of a good night’s sleep can’t be denied when it comes to ‘happy mood’. What a lot of people don’t know about sleep is that it impacts our overall sense of happiness and well-being. People who get adequate sleep tend to be happier, which means an exhausted person is not a happy person. Sleep deprivation can lead to a host of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, etc. Most experts are of the opinion that an adult should get an average sleep of 7-9 hours every night.
So here’s wishing you tons of happiness. 🙂