For many years happiness was a difficult term to scientifically quantify. Scientists were able to develop strong correlations but struggled with causations. That’s to say, they could figure out what happy people had in common, but not really how- or if- those things were the cause of their happiness.
However, science has made leaps and bounds over the last 2 decades in the field of positive psychology. Here we’ve compiled a list of 3 amazingly easy actions that are scientifically proven to increase your happiness to some degree.
Take Time and Slow Down
It’s now a proven fact that the practice of mindfulness meditation can yield numerous positive effects on your brain and happiness. Mindfulness has many definitions, but in it’s most simple form, it’s slowing down to fully focus on the single act your in the midst of. Eating your meals in a slow and deliberate manner is a good place to start.
Commitment is Key
Every day, do one creative thing that you feel is rewarding. Note what you do, and how exactly you felt while doing that creative activity. At the end of the week, take out the paper where you recorded your activities and remember back to the feeling you had while completing each activity.
Always be Grateful
Developing an attitude of gratefulness is one of the most reliable scientific methods to improve your level of happiness. Many people don’t take the time to think back on their day and contemplate the positive things that happened. Gratefulness is a lot like a reverse comparison. You look for things in your daily life that you appreciate and take a moment to savor those. Every night, take ten minutes and write down 5 things that you are grateful for. This action of contemplation re-wires your brain in a way that increases lasting happiness.