Doesn’t it seem like some people are just naturally always happy? It doesn’t seem like it requires any work on their end while some of us feel like trying to be happy is exhausting. However, scientific studies shows that there are several ways to change your outlook on life — and most of them are really simple to accomplish!
1. Practice kindness
2. Buy flowers for yourself
3. Smell an orange
Yeah, we know this one sounds strange. Citrus scents, such as orange, lemon, and grapefruit bring out positive chemical reactions in your brain as well as work to ease stress.
4. Take microbreaks
5. Sip on some green tea
Green tea has been shown to reduce stress levels. A study found that people who drank five or more cups of green tea per day had a 20% lower level of stress than those who drank less than one.
6. Connect with another human
7. Eat more salmon
Fatty fish like salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help fight off depression (omega-3s are also present in avocados and nuts, as well as grass-fed beef and chicken). This is because they help to maintain brain function in the areas that regulate mood and emotion—a study found that women who hate fish two times per week had a 25% lower risk of depression than women who ate it less often.
7. Listen to some tunes
8. Have a dance party by yourself
When in doubt, dance it out! Release those endorphins, your
stress levels will thank you.