13 Unique Ideas on How to Feel Happier
Are you tired of hearing that you’ve got to exercise, eat healthy and sleep plenty to be happy? Are you already doing those things and are looking for an extra happiness boost? Maybe you’re just looking for another excuse to have some fun in the bedroom? Whatever your reasoning, I get it. Sometimes it’s nice to play with some new ideas to get your happy hormones on fire. In fact, just thinking about testing new ways on how to feel happier will start the positive vibes! Here are some ideas you can play with over Christmas and in the New Year – and why not get your loved ones involved in some of them too?
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Unique Tips on How to Feel Happier
- Learn a new skill through a new hobby. It’s mentally stimulating and fun to challenge yourself to learn a new skill. Pick something that you’re interested in trying, and you’ll find a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence from gaining new skills.
- Turn up the tunes. Put some upbeat songs on and let your body take over. Listening to good beats will reduce your stress and up your positivity. If you also put them on to deliberately feel happier, your positivity boost will be even more powerful.
- Shake it. Following on from the previous point, get up from your chair and shake it to the beat. Dancing doesn’t only improve your physique but also gives you a better outlook on life.
- Play in the sheets. You know what I’m talking about here. Have some one-on-one time with that special someone in your life. You’ll reduce your stress and lower your anxiety, boost your mood, and make your immune system stronger. A study has suggested that having sex just once a week can make you feel as happy as if you received an additional $50,000 in income. Another study has shown that getting lucky four or more times a week has even been linked to making more money! What’s not to love?
- Cuddle. And if you’re too lazy for the real action, simply cuddling will get those feel good hormones flowing in your body. Physical contact reduces stress and releases happiness boosting hormone oxytocin.
- Hakuna matata. Learn to let go of your regrets, mistakes and worries. You’ll release yourself from the past that holds you back and choose a happier mindset.
- Practice self-care. In today’s fast paced lives this is so easy to forget yet it’s the surest way to get you to burnout, illnesses and unhappiness. Take the time to nurture your body and mind through healthy, relaxing routines like meditations, sleep time scents and spending time in nature.
- Do some downward-facing dog. Some studies have suggested yoga is one of the most effective forms of exercise when it comes to improving your mood. It also reduces anxiety, eliminates stress and improves your immunity, all of which further help you to feel happier.
- Indulge in a massage. Physicians recommend monthly massages to keep your body and mind in order. It soothes you, improves your sleep quality, and reduces stress. It also helps you connect with your body and feel good overall.
- Just say yellow. The colour yellow is associated with cheerfulness, optimism and sunshine, which is why it seems to make our moods more positive. Add a bit of yellow to your outfit or your decor to inject a bit of cheerfulness in through the subconscious. (Now you know why my Happyologist colour scheme includes yellow! ;)
- Invest in flower power. Flowers increase your positive emotions whilst reducing pain and anxiety. Some studies have even suggested they make you feel more energised, and improve creativity in the workplace. How about adding a yellow flower onto your desk for a double booster?
- Look at something cute. This is one of my favourites. How awesome is it that looking at cute images can actually boost your productivity, improve your focus and promote careful behaviour? And it’s also an instant mood booster. No wonder the web is full of pictures of adorable baby animals – turns out there is a whole science behind it!
- Complain effectively. Naturally whining is bad for our mood unless we learn to do it right. If you voice your concerns in a constructive way that leads to action, then you’re on your way to improve your mental health, mood and self-esteem. So don’t get stuck into complaints after complaints. Instead, follow each complaint with an action plan.
Now I want to hear from you. Which of these is the most surprising idea on how to feel happier? I’d love for you to comment below and we can discuss it further!
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Good luck in your adventures and until next week!