Rejoice, it’s Friday! If that wasn’t enough to get the endorphins flowing, we have ten tips backed up by cheer up experts and scientific research to get you grinning big again.
Do A Happy Walk
Instead of slumping over and walking around with a frown, stand up straight, roll your shoulders back, and put a little hop in your step. Imitating a “happy walk” can actually make you happier, according to a recent study.
Clear Your Desk
And not just to make your boss happy. Reorganising your cluttered desk won’t just make everything look better; you’ll feel better too, as clutter elevates stress levels. Neatly organising your work stationary means you’re literally clearing the way for those good vibes, and thus, it is the perfect antidote to your bad mood.
Cuddle Up To Your Pet
You don’t need us or science to tell you that doing this will make you feel good. Example:
Be Nice And Everybody Wins
Karma is very real people. Doing something nice not only makes someone else feel good, but it also gives you a boost as well. A recent study says that if you do three small acts of kindness a day, depressive symptoms can drop by 94 percent.
Be In The Moment
Letting your mind wander makes you substantially less happy than focusing on the task at hand, according to over 650,000 real-time reports collected by the Track Your Happiness iPhone app, which monitors people’s happiness in real time.
Go For A Run
Countless studies have linked exercise to happiness. Get a friend to join you in that kickboxing class you’ve been itching to try out, join your local gym, take up cycling, yoga or even just commit to going for a twenty-minute walk every evening.
Gratitude is the everything your typical, monetised, corporatised self-help product isn’t. You simply have to recognise what you are grateful for. A regular gratitude practice has been proven to improve general happiness levels by 10%. The health benefits of taking time from your day to think about what you’re grateful for are endless and staggering: higher energy levels, better mood, a stronger immune system, better sleep, reduced blood pressure, lower levels of stress hormones, less fatigue, the list goes on.
Indulge Your Sense of Smell
A study from the journal Chemical Senses found that the scents of vanilla and clementine boosted people’s moods, with the vanilla scent inducing a more relaxed positive state and the clementine creating happy stimulation.
Put On Red Lipstick
Numerous studies have pointed out the power of adding some colour to your face. In particular, a 2013 French study found that red lips were associated with higher levels of estrogen and overall positive perception of the face.
In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor recommends spending time in the fresh air to improve your happiness: “Making time to go outside on a nice day also delivers a huge advantage; one study found that spending 20 minutes outside in good weather not only boosted positive mood but broadened thinking and improved working memory.” So, back away from your desk and take some time to enjoy time outdoors.