If you think that something should happen and you will be happy, we have bad news for you: you are not unhappy, you are lazy and apathetic. The good news is: you can change it, starting from this moment!
So, here you are 10 powerful happiness boosters.
#1 Eat whole foods
What you eat has an enormous impact on your happiness – so much so that the mental health charity Mind has released a booklet of dietary tips to minimize depression. Happy eating means a diet rich in whole foods: include cheese, carrots, fish, lentils, avocados, and spinach for vitamin B6 intake, which is vital to serotonin production.
Cut down on caffeine and alcohol, as they both act as depressants. Avoid sugary foods, including all-white carbohydrates; these will destabilize your blood sugar level, leading to mood swings and weight gain.
#2 Get fit
Most of us lead very sedentary lives these days, and this may have a knock-on effect on our collective mood because exercise affects hormonal balance. Working out disperses built-up adrenaline through the system, and also releases the “happiness” hormone serotonin, resulting in that exercise high.
Exercise also increases oxygen consumption which is believed to reduce panic attacks and agoraphobia. To cheer yourself up, choose an activity that counterbalances your mood – if you have pent-up aggression, try kick-boxing, or for tension and nerves, choose yoga.
#3 Be passionate
If your sex life is on form then you’ll feel happier for it. Sexual climax is one of the most powerful health and mood boosters know to man. Although after sleep, sex is normally the second strongest urge in humans, it is the first urge to go if you are unhappy or stressed.
At least 60 percent of adults under excess pressure suffer a loss of libido, so if you don’t feel like it, you aren’t alone! Getting plenty of sleep and losing excess weight should help. Tra taking ginseng, gingko biloba and muira puama, al of which are herbal aphrodisiacs.
#4 Take time out
If you are stressed, then you won’t be happy. Take time out whit this exercise. Set a timer for five or 10 minutes and lie stretched out in a darkened room. Practice clenching and unclenching all of your muscles, starting from the toes, up to your facial muscles.
Then relax and listen to the close sound of your breathing, extending your hearing to follow the sounds of trees and cars. When the timer goes off, give yourself time to stretch before emerging refreshed.
#5 Herbal health
If depression hits you, you may need extra help. Conventional antidepressants such a Prozac are sometimes very effective in combating depression, but they do have numerous side effects. In Germany, St John’s wort is prescribed more frequently than Prozac for mild to moderate depression.
The herb works by stimulating serotonin production in the body. St John’s wort may interact with your GP before use. Other useful remedies for perking up your mood include kava kava, magnesium and vitamin B3.
Essential oils stimulate the sense of smell, affecting the limbic system, a part of the brain linked to mood and powerful emotion. Different oils work to different emotive affect, and the memory of a certain scent can transport you back to happy past times (in Japan, a pot of herbs is passed round at a happy family gathering to inhale and memorize the moment).
Aromatherapist Chrissie Wildwood recommends bergamot, geranium, neroli, lemongrass, rose, rosemary and ylang-ylang to heal pessimism and despondency.
#7 Have a giggle
We’ve got a good reason to laugh, claims social anthropologist Mahadev Apte. According to Apte, laughter reinforces social bonds and signals that danger is over. A good chuckle also strengthens immunity, enhances cardiovascular flexibility and boosts IQ and information retention. What’s more, it will make you feel much happier. Isn’t about time you got the giggles?
#8 Don’t be a perfectionist
According to a recent survey of 1000 women, 40 percent of women use positive thinking to boost their self-esteem. If you aren’t among them, join them. The world around us constantly bombards us with images of what we should achieve; six-foot legs, well-behaved children, the perfect career. Got any friends like that? Didn’t think so. Stick your fingers up at the Wonderbra ad and concentrate on what you are good at.
#9 Sun yourself
If you find it hard to see the funnier side of life in wintertime, then you’re not alone. Although not many people suffer from full-blown Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a milder form called subsyndromal SAD may affect up to 20 percent of us! If you can’t escape for a winter holiday, then invest in a lightbox or a daylight bulb to get your daily fix.
#10 Break the mould
Do you feel as though your life is in a rut? Talking matters through with a friend can help, but sometimes you may need impartial advice. To help formulate future plans, try consulting a life coach. They will be able to turn pipe dreams into realistic plans, helping you to prioritize and suggesting a step by step plan how to get where you want.