6 Simple Ways to Lead a Happier Life
Canada is the world’s fifth happiest country according to the UN’s World Happiness Report. Find your own road to bliss with these six mood-improving habits.
Performing regular and spontaneous acts of kindness lifts your mood instantly and has long-term positive effects.
What doesn’t work: Money! It can’t buy you happiness, because our emotional states are rarely tied to things we own.
Still, there’s one instance where cash does equal contentement: when we spend it on others.
Meditation has proven to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety and depression.
What doesn’t work: Just thinking positive. Recent studies demonstrate equal merit in our ability to see the glass half empty – the more we embrace uncertainty and the possibility of failure, the more at peace we are with fate.
Have Clear Goals
Working towards your goals (not just achieving them) triggers positive feelings while suppressing negative ones.
Happiness myth debunked: You’re either born happy or you’re not. Only 50 per cent of our happiness is genetic. The other half is learned, which means we can take steps towards becoming happier – even later in life.
Put Important People First
Making personal relationships a priority will help you stay strong in hard times.
Did you know? When we’re happy and relaxed, we’re better able to digest our food.
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Stay True to Yourself
Achievements will be sweeter if you’re living according to your values, say experts.
A quote from Gandhi: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.”
Pretend… at First
Studies have shown that the physical acts of smiling and laughing – even if you’re faking – can trigger genuinely happy emotions.
Did you know? People who rate their happiness levels as high tend to have lower heart rates.