Three Ways to Increase Your Happiness

Posted on June 26, 2017

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1. Giving

Did you know that giving not only reduces stress and boosts self-esteem, but can also increase your lifespan?

When you help others, whether by volunteering your time or donating to causes you’re passionate about, you boost your physical and mental health. Studies show that giving:

  • connects you with others
  • reduces stress and depression
  • lowers blood pressure
  • increases life expectancy

Giving activates the pleasure centres of your brain, producing more feel-good chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine. This is so well-documented that it’s known as the ‘helper’s high’ – a good kind of addiction!

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2. Gratitude

Do you take things for granted? We all do – it’s easy to forget how lucky we are. But pausing to reflect on all the gifts you’ve been given – from family and friends to health and prosperity – can improve your mood, mindset and relationships with others.

There are many different ways to express gratitude. Some common ways include:

  • writing thank you notes
  • keeping a gratitude journal
  • praying or meditating
  • reflecting on positive experiences or memories

When you practise gratitude, you recognise the goodness in your life. This can help you deal with adversity, connect with others and experience more positive emotions.

Trekking group rests on mountain3. Growth

When was the last time you really challenged yourself? By doing something outside your comfort zone, you develop new skills, boost your confidence and expand your own ambition.

You don’t have to jump out of airplane or start training for a marathon to achieve personal growth. Meeting new people, learning an instrument or travelling can all contribute to a sense of progress and achievement.

If you find that you hold yourself back, remember that you don’t need to justify your goals to others. The important thing is to focus on things that are important to you. And you don’t have to succeed at everything – remember to focus on the journey, rather than the destination.

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References:

Cleveland Clinic – Why giving is good for your health

Harvard Health Publications – Volunteering may be good for body and mind

Harvard Health Publications – Giving thanks can make you happier

Coaching Positive Performance – 7 Tips to Develop Personal Growth Mindset