6 Easy Tips to Boost Your Mood

If you are happy, you are more likely to have a secure job, able to keep your job, be more productive, resilient and less likely to burn out, says, Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD.

Fortunately, there are several simple techniques that you can implement to bring more happiness into your life. You do not need to have an advanced degree in psychology to be happy! New research into positive psychology show that much of your happiness is subjective. This means that much of your happiness comes from inside yourself, that is, how you feel about and interpret what is going on around you.

Below are six simple tips to help you to be a happier person. Try to do each of these for three weeks on a consistent basis and see what the results are. If they do benefit you, think about making them a regular part of your life. Note that it is important to try these for at least three weeks before you can expect results.

  1. Be grateful. Each day, you should write a list of 2-4 things that make you happy. These things can be simple or complicated. You might write that you are grateful for that piece of cake you ate, being able to smell that flower, or for your significant other. Focusing on the positive is a very important aspect of being happy.

  2. Write down your feelings and thoughts. You should find some time each day to write down your feelings and thoughts and let them come out without any judgment. Try to self reflect but do it in a positive and loving way for yourself. Over a few days, compare what you have written and see what kind of changes are occurring. You may be shocked to see the different types of emotions you will write about and how writing them down can free you.

  3. Exercise often. Exercise effects are very strong on our well being, and keeping yourself active has as positive mental effects as physical. Exercising regularly stimulates your body’s production of serotonin, and this can help to keep you happy.

  4. Meditate regularly. Meditation has a very positive effect on the brain. It helps to make it calm and to let it drift to its natural, relaxed state where you can take it to places where you want it, rather than your brain going into things that you don’t want it to go into. You are in charge of your mind, not vice versa. Meditation helps you to make this fact a reality.

  5. Commit random acts of kindness. When you do something kind for no reason, the positive effects are very strong. Try to do something nice for someone and do not expect anything in return.

  6. Get back to nature. Sunshine and plant life is strongly connected to keeping us happy. One of the big reasons that some people get seasonal affective disorder, which is a very strong feeling of sadness, is that they do not do enough outdoor activities in winter, and do not get enough sun

It is important to remember that being happy is a learned skill in many ways. You have to know why you want to be happy and how you need to get there. And then, you have to be determined in following up to get it. Research shows that even for a person who has many problems and hardships, happiness is still a strong possibility. It just takes a commitment to following the proper actions and steps, as outlined above.