5 Ways to Make Yourself Happier in the Next 5 MinutesNone By Ran Zilca, Chief Data Science Officer, Happify
Happiness is a lifelong pursuit of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. But while it could take years of persistence to deeply transform your life, there are scientifically-tested strategies that have been shown to provide an immediate happiness boost. Such activities provide a modest but lingering increase in happiness, but when practiced consistently over time, they become happiness habits, energizing you to live your dreams and passions.
Here are 5 strategies that you can practice right now, to get a shot of healthy psychological nutrients:
Do Some Jumping Jacks
Aerobic exercise boosts one’s positive mood. In 2005, Researchers at Chicago State University and the University of Minnesota analyzed 158 different studies conducted between 1979 and 2005. They found that the effect of aerobic exercise was consistently positive, and was especially noticeable when one started an exercise session while feeling a little more "down" than usual. In other words, physical exercise can lift you up when you need it the most. In a more recent study, researchers at Halmstad University in Sweden analyzed 15 different studies and found that physical exercise can be an effective treatment of mild and moderate depression. Body and mind are inseparable. A couple of minutes of jumping jacks may go a very long way.
Call a Friend or Family Member
Positive social connections are a cornerstone of happiness and health. A conversation with a friend can have a lasting positive effect, increasing your energy and cultivating motivation. In fact, simply belonging to a social group or having a minimal personal connection with another perso