Happiness and the Science Behind It

Who doesn’t want to be happy? The good news is that it doesn’t matter what hand you’re dealt in life, you can be happy. The trick is to be able to take a step back and evaluate your own needs to decide what you need to change that would improve your happiness, or simply make you happy.

Happiness is a difficult concept to fully define. While it is a feeling of contentment and fulfilment, it is also a personal feeling and one that can be influenced by a huge array of issues and consequences. It is probably fair to say that you feel happy when you feel worthwhile, that your presence makes a difference.

But, you should also be aware that happiness offers a range of other benefits.

  • A greater level of productivity in any activity
  • The ability to earn more money
  • Increased likelihood of becoming a leader or negotiator
  • A greater chance of falling in love and staying with a significant other
  • Makes it easier to create new friendships and hold onto old ones
  • Boosts the strength of your immune system
  • Reduces the effects of stress and other daily traumas
  • Can help you to live longer

If you didn’t want to be happier before, you certainly should now!

To be really impressed consider this. One study gave a group of healthy volunteers nasal drops every day. The drops contained a virus.

But, after 5 days it was discovered that the happier people were less likely to contract the virus than the unhappier ones.  You don’t need to doubt the power of happiness again!

At this point, it’s worth noting that genetics do play a part in happiness levels. But, they don’t play the entire story. There is still plenty you can do to improve your happiness levels and get the make your life even better.

Here are some great methods that will help you to boost your happiness levels:

  • Consideration

Simply saying thank you to someone else can boost your own feeling of happiness.  You can also feel happier if you are kind to others, especially if you do things without expecting something in return.

  • Be Positive

Positive thinking is a great way to boost your happiness levels. Simply visualize yourself as being able to do something and you’ll find that you can do it. In many cases, it is simply the willingness to try something different.

  • Forgive

Holding a grudge is no benefit to you or anyone else. Boost your own happiness and others by learning to forgive others. It’s not as hard as you think and you’ll feel great when you do it.

  • Enjoy The Moment

We live in a fast-paced world and it’s too easy to get tied up in what you need to achieve, or where you’re going. Sometimes you simply need to stop and appreciate what you have now, you’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to achieve your goal and how much happier you feel.

  • Invest

Invest time with those that you love, you’ll deepen your bond and feel satisfied, as well as an increased level of happiness.

  • Meditating

Meditating, or a similar activity that takes you away from everything, allows you to release the stress of the day and relax properly.

This is important as it places issues in perspective, allowing you to reduce your stress and increase your happiness.

  • Exercise

Never underestimate the power of exercise. When you exercise your body releases endorphins which make you feel happy.

You’ll also feel good knowing that you’re making yourself a little healthier every time you exercise!

  • Be Social

It’s important to connect with others. Being able to share your stories and feeling appreciated are essential components of happiness. Don’t just have friends and family, dedicate yourself to spending time with them.

It will help your happiness.

Get A Little Help

If you’re struggling with understanding what makes you happy then speak to us at Brisbane Naturopath. We can lend an ear and help you to discover what really makes you tick, and how to build your own happiness.

Call us today, after all, everyone deserves to be happy.

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