Stop and see the roses
Dmitrij Yakovets/Shutterstock If you have time to stop and smell the roses, great! But if you find yourself in a hurry (and who doesn’t these days?) simply seeing beautiful blooms can lift your spirits, according to a study done by Harvard. The happiness boost is greatest for night owls who have a hard time getting going in the morning, they found. So buy yourself some flowers and put them on a vase near your bed. Or take the scenic route for your morning commute and make sure to actually enjoy the scenery. It’s not just flowers—try these 50 of the best simple pleasures that make life worth living.
Snap a selfie
racorn/Shutterstock Say cheese! Snapping a funny, happy, or silly selfie gives you an instant mood boost, according to research published in The Psychology of Well Being. And if you send it to a friend who gives you a positive response, you’ll feel even happier. Why? We love connecting with people and simply seeing a friendly face, even if it’s our own, perks us right up.
Rido/Shutterstock The next time you’re having your own terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day, try picturing yourself in a different situation and you may be able to imagine yourself into a better mood, says a study published in Frontiers in Psychology. This technique, officially called “self-guided positive imagery,” is so powerful that it can not only combat negative emotions in the moment but it actually changes the structure of your brain, helping you feel happier in the long-term. These are the 8 most common happiness myths–and what to do instead.