March 20th is International Day of Happiness, an annual worldwide holiday dedicated to prioritizing your wellbeing and happiness. Today on the Vibrant Health blog, we’re sharing seven simple ways to infuse more happiness into your day — starting now.
7 Ways to Have a Happier Day
- Start Your Day with Gratitude
- Take a Break from the News
- Squeeze Regular Exercise into Your Routine
- Spend Meaningful Time with Your Friends
- Nibble on Some Dark Chocolate
- Spread Kindness
- Plan a Getaway
1. Start Your Day with Gratitude
One surefire way to have a happier day is to start your day off with gratitude. Research shows that counting your blessings can improve mood and overall wellbeing.
Ready to start practicing gratitude today? Try writing in a daily gratitude journal, sharing what you’re grateful for around the dinner table or simply taking a moment to reflect on all the blessings in your life.
2. Take a Break from the News
If watching the news and excessively scrolling social media is starting to bum you out, it may be your sign to take a pause.
Try taking a break from media consumption, and instead fill that time with a mindful activity just for you — such as cooking a wholesome meal, taking a walk outside, or doing meditation. Want to unplug beyond a day? Here’s how you can start a digital detox!
3. Squeeze Regular Exercise into Your Routine
We know exercise is good for our health, but those feel-good endorphins can also give you a much-needed mood boost, according to science. Aim to move your body regularly to reap the benefits!
As an added bonus, research has shown that 40-minute exercise intervals can improve body image too. Win, win!
4. Spend Meaningful Time with Your Friends
If you’ve been putting off that lunch date with your friends, now’s your excuse to finally get it on the calendar.
Research shows that happiness is more or less contagious — and your social network has a strong correlation with your happiness. Surround yourself with feel-good friends who lift you up!
5. Nibble on Some Dark Chocolate
Craving chocolate? We say, go for it! As it turns out, consuming chocolate (in particular, dark chocolate), can reduce symptoms of depression. And, well, that’s pretty sweet. Try making these Chocolate Coconut Power Bites to get your fix!
6. Spread Kindness
If you enjoy making others feel good, you’ll be happy to know — being kind to others can make you feel good too!
Yes, it’s true: a study conducted by Oxford University and Kindness.org found that performing simple acts of kindness not only makes someone else’s day but can improve the happiness and wellbeing of the sender. Here are some ways you can pay it forward and sprinkle more kindness into the world!
7. Plan a Getaway
Got the travel bug? Here’s your sign to start planning your next getaway! A recent study found that just the act of planning a trip can make you happier — particularly during these uncertain pandemic times. Turns out, simply having something on the calendar to look forward to is enough to bring on feelings of joy and happiness!
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