For many people happiness comes only in fleeting moments, such as landing that dream job, or meeting that perfect guy or girl, but few feel truly happy most of the time.
Of course, we all go through life's inevitable ups and downs, but there are ways to boost your happiness level in order to feel joyful more often.
You've probably heard it before, but it's worth saying again. And again. Exercise is essential for health and overall well-being. When you get that heart rate up, those endorphins, or "feel-good hormones," kick in, which causes a surge in pleasurable feelings.
Spending time in nature has been found to dramatically increase happiness levels - in fact, just sitting under the shade of a tree can do the trick. Just get outside as often as you can.
It may seem obvious but many of us forget to smile, and the simple act of smiling actually we forget to smile, even when we feel happy. According to studies published in Psychology Today, the physical act of smiling automatically releases pleasurable brain chemicals like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins. You don't even have to feel happy for it to work - a fake smile does the job just the same, and can even take you out of a bad mood.
Develop quality relationships
The quality of your relationships, whether platonic or romantic, play a major factor in how happy or unhappy you are. In fact, studies have show that those who enjoy high quality relationships tend to have a lifespan that's twice as long as those who don't.
Don't skimp on sleep
I’m sure we’re all familiar with that agonizing, testy mood we can get into when we haven’t gotten enough sleep. Adequate sleep is becoming rarer these days with our chaotic lifestyles and abundance of electronic gadgets. According to Psychology Today, research has found that even just one extra hour of sleep each night can do more for your happiness than receiving a $60,000 raise. Quality rest, meaning 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, is a significant factor in being happy.