8 Small Changes to Be a Happier Person

By:Terry H Hill

Happiness is both art and science. According to researchers, healthy people are 20 percent happier than average. An annual salary of $75,000 is what it takes to put a smile on the average person’s face. Furthermore, people with 10 or more friends are the happiest.

We don’t see that you should switch careers or socialize like crazy to be happy. However, there are a few – 8 small changes you can make for a better life. Let’s get into the 8 small changes to be a happier person:

Call Your Friends More Often

It’s easier to stay in contact with your friend than make new ones. Try to stay in touch or reconnect with old school mates or colleagues. That will boost your satisfaction and make you feel more accomplished.

Get More Exercise

Regular exercise makes us happier. That’s a fact. Whether it’s cycling, weight training, or swimming, exercise increases the feel-good chemicals in your brain and keeps stress at bay.

Learn to Say No

If you want to be happy, don’t over-commit. Every time you say Yes to something, you’re saying No to something else. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do and squeeze more “me” time into your schedule.

Wake Up Earlier

The world’s most successful people are known for their crazy wakeup hours. Some start the day as early as 3:30 am.

Waking up earlier will not only boost your productivity but also allow you get more done. That will give you satisfaction and relieve everyday stress.

Be Generous

A little bit of generosity can go a long way toward your happiness. When you do a good deed, even if it’s something as little as buying a coffee for a friend, it changes the way you see yourself and the way people interact with you.

Picture It

Make a habit out of imaging your life the way you want it to be. This technique, which is called “self-guided positive imagery,” will boost your happiness and feelings of well-being.

Use Happy Words

Studies have found that using just three positive phrases per day can increase happiness, satisfaction, and gratitude. Replace negative words and phrases with positive ones – you will feel better instantly!

Declutter

Take the time to declutter your home and throw away what you no longer need or use. Clutter increases stress restricts your ability to focus and affects your productivity.

As you see, it doesn’t take too much to be happy. Make these small changes today – your future self will thank you.

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