The keys to happiness are often incessantly sought after, but staying consistently positive and happy isn't always easy. In US, depressive disorders continue to rise, with an increase of over 4% according to data from the Ministry of Health. Faced with this reality, it's essential to put into practice some fundamental habits and principles to achieve happiness.
In this article, we propose eight daily habits, based on the latest scientific research, to help you be happier in your everyday life. These habits are simple to put in place and will help you gradually integrate happiness into your life.
Socialize: surround yourself with friends and family
A Harvard study shows that one of the common characteristics of happy people is their connection with friends and family, and the quality of their relationships with them. These people live longer, achieve their goals more easily and live healthier lives, according to National Geographic.
Physical exercise: taking care of body and mind
Regular exercise is essential for good physical and mental health. Exercise increases the production of endorphins, neurotransmitters that help us feel good and reduce stress, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Enjoying time outdoors: a link to emotional well-being
Spending time outdoors is associated with greater emotional well-being, according to a study published by Springer Link. On the other hand, spending too much time in front of a screen is linked to lower levels of happiness.
Good sleep habits: essential for health and happiness
Quality sleep is essential for facing the day with enthusiasm and a good mood. According to the Spanish Society of Neurology, almost half of the adult population in Spain claim not to have quality sleep. Taking care of your sleep helps you reduce stress, have fewer negative emotions and cope better with everyday challenges.
Talking positively to yourself: boosting your self-esteem
Talking to yourself in a positive and caring way is an important aspect of being happier. It allows you to take care of yourself, be kind to yourself and boost your self-esteem.
Cuddling more often: improving mood and happiness
Cuddling is associated with improved mood and greater happiness, away from conflict, according to a study published in the scientific journal Plos One. Physical contact releases oxytocin and serotonin, two hormones responsible for happiness and well-being.
A practical exercise: remembering happy moments
A practical exercise recommended by psychologist Alberto Soler is to reflect on the moments of the day you're most proud of, but also those you wish you'd done differently. These reflections can be written in a notebook and take just a few minutes. It's a great way to cultivate happiness on a daily basis.
Strong relationships: a key to happiness
Doctor of psychology Tal Ben-Shahar explains that happy people generally have strong intimate relationships, whether in their romantic relationships, with friends or family.
By putting these eight daily habits into practice, you can increase your happiness and well-being in your everyday life. It's important to listen to your emotions, take care of yourself and cultivate positive relationships. So, are you ready to be happier?
- Socialize: surround yourself with friends and family
- Physical exercise: taking care of body and mind
- Enjoying time outdoors: a link to emotional well-being
- Good sleep habits: essential for health and happiness
- Talking positively to yourself: boosting your self-esteem
- Cuddling more often: improving mood and happiness
- A practical exercise: remembering happy moments
- Strong relationships: a key to happiness