- Buy experiences not things. Purchasing objects is not show to appreciably increase happiness. Buying experiences will invigorate you, mentally stimulate you, and bring joy into your life. Try indulging in concerts, plays, sporting events, museums, and dinners with friends instead of a new pair of jeans.
- Spend time with cheerful people. We all know that negativity is contagious, but studies show that happiness is also contagious. Life is too short, stop spending time with turkeys!
- Keep a Dream Journal. Just 10 minutes a week spent writing about your dreams and the steps you will take to achieve them will:
- Improve your outlook
- Help you be more resilient in the face of adversity
- Train your brain to think positively.
- Sweat. Burning just 350 calories a week through exercise is show to be about as effective as antidepressants in reducing depression.
- Help others. People who help others are more calm and less likely to be depressed. And helping others doesn’t have to be a big burder. The next time you see someone struggling with packages or with opening a door, help them!
It’s that simple to feel good in tough times!