10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Increase Happiness

Smile! Just smile and think of one comforting thought from your past. If you combine the two, studies suggest this act alone can improve your mood. Scientists even believe in the facial feedback hypothesis, which is a fancy way of saying a forced smile will lift our mood slightly.

Planning a trip can boost your happiness for as many as eight weeks, even if you don’t make the trip! And another study found that people who thought about watching their favorite movie raised their endorphin levels by 27 percent.

Have you considered helping others? It turns out that 100 hours over a year (this is two hours per week) is the magic number. Scientists found that doing an act of kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in wellbeing of any exercise tested.

The best news for seniors? Those people past middle-age tend to grow happier naturally! Whether it is because seniors tend to prune out friends who might bring them down or because they learned to let go of loss, their moods consistently tend to lift with age.

Read HERE for the science behind the ways to be happier in your life. Enjoy!