For most mere mortals, constant happiness is not easy.
First, you've got to solve all those pesky problems at work and at home. Then you've got to overcome the crushing stress. Plus, you'll have to find a way to clear your mind of all the worries, negative thoughts, and fears constantly creeping into your mind.
In other words, being persistently happy is impossible…
Or is it?
In recent years, mind science and psychology experts have begun piecing together specific daily habits, practices and 'brain hacks' that put the human mind in a constant and unconditional state of happiness - even in the seemingly bleakest of circumstances.
So, do you want to make every day a good day? Then consider following these 6 easy life tips!
Tip 1. Expressing Gratitude
From Oprah to Wayne Dyer to Eckhart Tolle, many of the world's top experts on human happiness have raved about the life-changing power of gratitude.
Multiple peer-reviewed studies have shown that frequently expressing gratitude increases happiness and fulfillment, reduces stress and depression, and even relieves the symptoms of illness.
One specific study by Dr. Robert A. Emmons found that people who wrote down just 5 things they were grateful for each week were 25% happier than those who didn't.
Action Steps: Keep a gratitude journal and write down at least one thing you're grateful for at the start of each day.
Tip 2. Exercising Regularly
Everyone knows exercise is a cornerstone of health and fitness - but did you know that even just a few minutes of daily exercise can dramatically boost your ability to be happier?
In his book The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Anchor points out an experiment that used medication, exercise, and a combination of the two to help three groups of people suffering from depression.
Six months later, 38 percent of the group that had used medication had slipped back into depression, just like 31 percent of the group that had used a combination of medication and exercise. Yet in the exercise group, the relapse rate was a rock-bottom 9 percent!
Not depressed? Exercise is also a great way to stimulate your brain's 'happy juices' - including endorphins and the protein known as BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor).
Action Steps: If you're strapped for time, check out High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), which gives you all the benefits of a traditional long workout in just minutes a day.
Tip 3. Getting Enough Sleep
Multiple studies show that your quality of sleep directly affects your quality of life.
A lack of sleep wreaks havoc on your brain in many ways, including your amygdala's ability to control mood swings, brain tissue deterioration, and the buildup of adenosine, a fatigue-inducing chemical.
A study by the BPS Research Digest even shows that a lack of sleep makes you more sensitive to negative emotions like fear and anger while shutting you off to positive emotions.
Action Steps: Allow yourself to have at least 7 hours of quality sleep each night.
Tip 4. Focusing On Relationships
Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, research shows that everyone derives positive emotions from connecting with people they care about.
Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert has a beautiful way of framing relationships:
"We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends."
And remember - 'not staying in touch with my loved ones' is one of the biggest regrets of the elderly.
Action Steps: Get off Facebook for a while and ask an old friend or family member out for a meal or coffee - and remember to stay in touch!
Tip 5. Meditation
If you're reading this, you've probably heard of the countless benefits of being in flow - but did you know that this ancient practice also creates physical happiness-boosting changes in your brain?
Meditation has been shown to correspond with positive changes in the amygdala, in the preservation of grey matter, and in reducing the activity level of the brain's Default Mode Network; which is responsible for triggering your stress-inducing "monkey mind.”
The result? A calmer, more positive and happier you, not just when you're meditating, but throughout your day.
Action Steps: Start meditating for at least 5 minutes a day, either in the morning before you start your day, or in the evening before bed - preferably both! The more time you spend with meditation, the more likely you will be able to achieve happiness fully.
Tip 6. Increasing Your Serotonin Production
Serotonin is the chemical that relays signals from one area of your brain to the other. A lack of serotonin is associated with a variety of mental and emotional disorders, including depression and anxiety.
On the flip side, when you boost the production of this chemical in your brain, your mood and behavior improve noticeably.
Action Steps: Here are some natural ways to boost your serotonin:
~ Take nutrients including vitamin B6, B12, and the amino acid 5-HTP
~ Add more high-protein grains to your diet, like quinoa and amaranth
~ Get under the sun and soak up some vitamin D
~ Get a massage (yes, really!)
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And if you have any tips to foster a healthy brain and happiness, please let us know in the comments section - we love hearing from you!
*The Mind Movies team has updated this post on March 26th, 2018 to include the latest information for our readers.
Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.