Here are some key takeaways to remember from this infographic…
1) Doing the Most with the Time You Have.
Taking initiative is imperative to help you feel like you have made the most out of the time that you’re given. Whether you go above and beyond for a project at work or if you take that step to do something out of your comfort zone you will feel much more productive than if you relied on the bare minimum. It is equally as important to not be afraid to lose track of time, as it doesn’t always mean that you’re wasting it. It’s common for happier people to lose track of time when they’re participating in meaningful activities.
2) Exercising Outdoors.
Going to the gym is one way to get yourself more active but actually putting yourself outside to exercise is a great way to release endorphins that are responsible for giving you energy, making you feel happier, and relieving pain. When you take the time to go outdoors you will feel more revitalized, decrease any symptoms of anger and depression, and help your body to feel more energized and actually enjoy exercising.
3) Laugh More Often.
Much like exercising, laughter helps to release more endorphins which allow you to sustain happiness for longer. It is also a great way to experience the benefits of improved socialization as people are 30x more likely to laugh when they’re with a friend or family member than if they are on their own. Laughing for just 15 minutes at a time increases your pain tolerance by at least 10%.
4) Listening and Talking.
As important as it may be to talk to the people around you, it is equally (if not more) important to listen. When you take the time to hear what other people are saying you will be more likely to form stronger bonds and create a positive atmosphere for the conversation. It is also a useful tool to help block out any thoughts that may be distracting so you can learn more. When someone is talking make sure that you don’t interrupt them, make eye contact with them, lean in to be engaged, avoid crossing your arms, and paraphrase their conversation in terms that you can understand and remember.
5) Giving Back.
Being able to help others through charitable causes is a great way to improve your mental and physical health. You will be able to take advantage of what is known as a “helper’s high” that is a result of altruism. It is a proven fact that people who take the time to volunteer are less depressed and in better physical shape.
6) Being Around Happy People is Great.
Surrounding yourself with positivity is one of the best ways to be positive yourself. If you’re always around go-getters you’ll want to push yourself to be better, which in turn will make you feel happier. The happier you are, the easier networking will be and the more friends you’ll have.