How to Raise Your Happiness Level

As I’m sitting here watching Dr. Oz  ( I am working as well), the topic of today’s show is one I love and speak on, and wanted to share today: happiness.  One of my favorite books, Happy for No Reason, is by Marci Shimoff; the guest today, Christine Carter, Ph. D., author of Raising Happiness,  does research on the topic and shared blocks to feeling happy – if we turn these around then our happiness rate will improve:

  • Perfectionism – I thought this one a little strange, as did Dr. Oz, but it signals that we either can’t get enough or we are not good enough
  • Materialism – amassing things signals a status when, when not satisfied, can lead to feelings of dissatisfaction
  • Entitlement – again, this focuses on feelings of disappointment when we do not get something (as opposed to being happy for what we do have)

Dr. Carter offers these tips to raise our happiness level, so try some/all to improve not only your mood but the quality of your life:

  • De-clutter the mind by cleaning; we’ve heard the saying, that your outer area relates to the inner so if your space, i.e. desk. closet, etc. is messy you will tend to feel unsettled and anxious
  • Listen to music – our brains are hard-wired to respond to music which can engage our senses and lifts our mood.
  • Stick to a routine – this was also surprising to learn that repetitive tasks or behaviors give us calm and recenter us, thereby leading to elevating our mood
  • Fake a smile – we can trick our brain into feeling happy just by the very act of smiling, even if you don’t feel like it; the show had people put a pencil in the back of the their teeth to simulate a smile and all reported feeling so
  • Step into the sunlight – a 10 minute walk in the sun activates our Oxtocin, a chemical that leads to mood enhancement
  • Eat “Feel Good” food, such as Omega 3’s (fish, salmon) help our serotonin levels to raise
  • Yawn – this was another surprising tip; yawning cools the brain off, improves memory and alertness, and increases our empathy and social awareness and we can ‘fake yawn’ until our bodies do so naturally
  • Practice Gratitude – no surprise here as gratitude is focused on the present and gives us optimism for the future, so it boosts our health, gives us calm, and can lead to happiness as it ‘shows’ us that we do have, as opposed to feeling we don’t

 

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3 Replies to “How to Raise Your Happiness Level”

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