- Focus on your goals.
Since it prevents us from accomplishing goals, procrastination diminishes happiness. Avoid putting off tasks and continue working towards your goals in order to give yourself a mental boost. Though conquering something challenging may stress us out while we’re doing it, it also makes us happier. Also, when we set goals (and meet or surpass our hopes and expectations), it can help us feel more purpose and control and boosts our self-esteem. Keep in mind that goals are great but if you have too many of them, you will soon see that one goal is distracting you from working on another. Instead of trying to focus on too many goals, narrow it down to 1-3 major goals for any given period of time. Even this list only has three things you can focus on. Every day, you should have 1-3 goals which you are trying to achieve. These goals should tie into your medium and long-term goals so that each day will see you make progress. This ensures that you aren’t spreading yourself too thin and, as a result, losing your motivation.
- Listen to music.
It’s very difficult to remain upset when listening to upbeat songs. Jamming out can help reduce stress—which leads to greater happiness in general. Plus, research shows listening to music with the goal and desire to become happier may actually lead to greater happiness than simply listening for the sake of listening. Just 25 minutes every day for at least 10 days could help to prevent back pain and make you sleep better. Of course, keeping up the habit every day for more than just 10 days would have long-term positive effects on your happiness. Music is also a very efficient way to reduce stress and distract yourself if you’ve had a particularly stressful day at the office.
- Get some exercise.
Making time for regular fitness sessions does more than just give you a good body. While exercising may not cause direct happiness, it can certainly contribute to it. Physical activity helps our bodies produce disease-fighting proteins—called antibodies—and our brains release endorphins. While antibodies boost happiness by keeping illness at bay, endorphins are feel-good chemicals that improve your mood while promoting feelings of euphoria. Not only will working out ease stress and increase happiness in the short-term by helping you sweat out the day’s worries, regular exercise will help you become less stressed out in the long-term as well. And less stress equals a happier, healthier life.