The Science Of Being Happy
The science of being happy isn’t one failsafe answer that will produce a lifetime of un-stressful bliss, but rather a mindset. Being happy in your everyday life is a choice, and there are many other choices you can make to help promote this kind of thinking. Here are a few ways that you can promote a positive perspective and an overarching feeling of contentment and happiness in your own life.
Take Time To Meditate
Meditation is a practice that not only positive affects you while you’re practicing it, but throughout your whole day. Taking even a short amount of time for self reflection is a practice that has an overwhelming amount of support showing its positive benefits. Meditation is not only proven to help with physical health such as reducing anxiety, asthma, chronic pain, depression, sleep problems and heart disease, but can help you take a step out of your current mindset and restructure your thinking.
Thinking positively isn’t some “nice thought” that never has any actual application. According to the Mayo Clinic, research shows that there are physical effects of positive thinking and optimism. Some of the health benefits that positivity may promote are:
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Improved cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
Thinking positively not only promotes your physical and mental health, it provides you with an outlook on life (including difficult situations) that helps promote a happier perspective. “One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body,” The Mayo Clinic said.
Helping others can promote a perspective of happiness for multiple reasons, one being that it gives you a sense of purpose and makes you feel that what you are contributing is important.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, “There is evidence that, during gift-giving behaviors, humans secrete “feel good” chemicals in our brains, such as serotonin (a mood-mediating chemical), dopamine (a feel-good chemical) and oxytocin (a compassion and bonding chemical).”
If you want to have a happy life, a great place to start is to set aside some time to give back to others. Whether that means scheduling a monthly volunteer shift or finding ways to give back to others in your everyday life, this aspect of interaction with others is important for the well-being of others, and comes with the perk of bringing happiness and fulfillment to the giver, you.
Find Your Passion
Finding your purpose is a lifelong journey that isn’t meant to be discovered in one sitting. However, you can find your passion wherever you are in your life. This goes beyond what you do for a living or what your career is. Passion focuses on your purpose from a personal standpoint. What lights you up? How do you listen to your heart? What gets you excited?
Finding your passion is one great way to unlock a happier perspective. If you love what you do in your daily life, you will naturally be happier doing it! The contentment and excitement will naturally spill over to the people in your life, sharing this positive perspective.
There is nothing quite like physical activity to help promote our physical and mental well-being.
The positive effects of exercise include boosting energy, improving your mood, combating health conditions, controlling weight, and promoting better sleep.
“If you start exercising, your brain recognizes this as a moment of stress. As your heart pressure increases, the brain thinks you are either fighting the enemy or fleeing from it. To protect yourself and your brain from stress, you release a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor). This BDNF has a protective and also reparative element to your memory neurons and acts as a reset switch. That’s why we often feel so at ease and things are clear after exercising and eventually happy,” Leo Widrich, Co-Founder of Buffer said.
Maximize your happiness by implementing positive and healthy habits into your life. How do you promote positivity in your life? Share your ideas with us and we will post them on our blog! When humans thrive, companies prosper. Learn more at Beni.fit.