1. Spend Some Time with the Little People in Your Life
Studies show that being with their families is what children like best. Hang out with your kids, grandchildren, nieces, or nephews to cheer yourself up and bring them happiness too.
2. Take a Chance
Youâve been dying to ask your boss for a raise and a promotion that you know you deserve, but fear of rejection prevents you from summoning up the courage. Sound familiar? According to Working Mother magazine, if being afraid of disappointment keeps you from taking chances, youâre actually making yourself less happy by holding back. Next time, go for it. If you get what you wanted, youâll be thrilledâand if you donât, youâll probably find it stings less than you expected and youâll discover how resilient you truly are.
3. Mix It Up
Youâre a creature of habit, and youâre at your best when you get into the groove of a routine. Or so you think. Consistency, it turns out, doesnât always make you happier, particularly when it comes to activities you enjoy. Rather than getting into a rut, try out a few new running routes or mix up that tried-and-true Sunday morning brunch routine.
4. Buy Some Happiness
As many of us suspected, that old adage about money and happiness just isnât true. Itâs not simply having money that matters, itâs how you choose to spend it. If you enjoy baking, buying yourself that fancy mixer youâve always wanted will certainly cheer you up (as long as you can afford it). But spending your money on other people, research suggests, might make you even happier.
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This one may sound far-fetched, but making those little stars, flowers, and faces in the margins of your notepad actually makes you happier. The next time youâre stuck in a boring meeting, channel your inner Charles Schulz and see for yourself.