Being happy can have a positive impact on our health. Here are 10 small things to practice every day to find happiness and improve your overall health.
1) Your first thought of the day should be positive.
Open your eyes each morning and commit to a positive thought. Think optimistically about yourself and the people around you. Time Magazine wrote that by practicing optimism, we can be happier and healthier, and extend our lives.
2) Exercise. Period.
Movement is good for you. Whatever exercise you choose, just do it. Staying active results in mental acuity and better physical health. We’re smarter, sleep better, and feel better about our bodies. All of those make us feel good and, in turn, happy.
3) Spend time with family and friends.
Harvard University happiness expert Daniel Gilbert determined that spending time with loved ones and friends is one of the main sources of overall happiness, according to Time Magazine. On the flip side, being lonely can harm your health. It has ties to diabetes, heart attack and stroke.
4) Be grateful.
Gratitude is so simple. It only takes a moment to be thankful. Merely thinking about the things that make you grateful can bring a smile to your face. Better yet, write down these thoughts. Many people believe that keeping a gratitude journal makes them feel better and much happier.
5) Pay someone a compliment.
Seeing someone smile, and knowing you made their day after you paid them a compliment, will make you feel better too. Huffington Post wrote, “human beings need positive reinforcement and words of affirmation to feel connected and cared about.”
6) Be kind to yourself.
Stop criticizing yourself. List all the good things that you know are true. It will definitely make you happier and that will improve your overall health.
Meditation — even if just for five minutes — can increase happiness, reduce anger, anxiety, depression and fatigue, wrote Time. If prayer is more your thing, that works too. And you don’t have to be religious.