How can I make myself happy in seconds?

How can I make myself happy in seconds?

Depressed? Do you have the blahs? This post provides 10 easy ways to feel happier in seconds, and each technique is based on the best research available.

But first, what is happiness?

Of all the definitions of happiness, my favorite is that of the psychologist Tal Ben-Shahar, who defines it as "the general experience of pleasure and meaning." It seems to me true that neither "pleasure" nor "meaning" alone describe happiness. You need meaning to give you a sense of purpose in life, and you need pleasure to give you a sense of joy or well-being in the present moment.

If you want to be happier, just add pleasure or meaning to your life (assuming your pleasures or purposes don't hurt you or someone else). You will find that you will not only be happier in the moment, but you will also increase your ability to be happier in the future.

The following happiness enhancers will increase your immediate sense of pleasure or your sense of the meaning of your life, or both, in the blink of an eye. You don't need someone else to help you and you can practice the techniques almost anywhere: at work, at home, outdoors, in your car. Only your willing mind is required.

Here How to Become Happy in Seconds

1. Take a deep breath.

With just one deep breath you can lower your "fight or flight" instinct and activate your "rest and restore" mode. Do you have 15 more seconds? Take another deep breath. You will feel even happier.

2. Find something that triggers a feeling of gratitude everyday.

You had a good breakfast, you have a job, or you enjoyed reading the newspaper this morning. Absorb that feeling of gratitude for a few moments. Staying in a positive experience helps embed it in your brain.

3. Take the time to appreciate something that didn't happen during the day.

No one in your family got sick, you didn't have a car problem, and you didn't fight with anyone. Remember to keep things in perspective.

4. Simply Smile.

Many people think of happiness as something that comes from the inside out, or from their mind to their behavior. But happiness can also come from the outside in, or from your actions to your mind. The deliberate decision to smile, for example, activates chemicals that induce happiness, as described here.

5. Label your negative feelings.

Pissed off. Helpless. Sad. Anxious. Simply labeling your emotions can ease your suffering. Placing a label shifts activity from the emotional part of your brain to the thinking part, making you feel less sore and more in control.

6. Sit in straight posture.

In fact, poor posture can cause negative emotional states. Studies show that people who slouch experience more bad moods, lower self-esteem, and lower confidence than those with an upright posture. Sitting upright can elicit positive emotional states - a sense of confidence, assertiveness, and a happier mood. Good posture also supports your physical well-being and prevents many types of neck, shoulder, and back problems. So to improve your mood, pull your body up. You will feel happier.

7. See the little happiness in life and appreciate them.

Psychology Today author and blogger Rick Hanson writes about the health and happiness benefits of "taking in the good" in his groundbreaking book, Hardwiring Happiness. He recommends appreciating the little things and pointing out, "Most opportunities for a good experience come with little fanfare. You finished an email, the phone works, you have a friend." For best results, bring pleasant objects, thoughts, and people to the fore. Pause for five seconds or more on a good experience to allow it to sink into you. Your level of happiness will constantly increase.

8. On accomplishment appreciate yourself.

Think about something that you have already accomplished or handled well today or focus on a good quality that you demonstrated: the start of a project, a phone call, or even an honest chat with a colleague that ended well. Drawing your attention to your strengths will lift your spirits.

9. Find positive meaning in every negative aspects.

If you experience a setback, can you find a quick way to turn it into lemonade? Start by thinking of the reverse as a challenge rather than a failure. That should take five seconds or less. In the remaining 25, start thinking about how to move forward.

10. Use a desktop photo to remind you of your life's purposes and joys.

A photo of your family, your travels, or a favorite saying can be restorative and promote moments of happiness. Taking a "micro-break" and enjoying a photo of a natural setting can promote good health by reducing stress and blood pressure, as well as happiness. To avoid getting used to a particular photo, change it periodically.

Why it is essential to practice habits of happiness?

The benefits may seem obvious; after all, feeling happy feels good! But the value of happy habits runs even deeper. In Hardwiring Happiness, Rick Hanson points out that negativity is hardwired into our brains. We are predisposed to pay more attention to the bad things than the good. This negativity bias has helped us survive by making us aware of potential threats, problems, and stressors in our environment. However, if only our negativity governs us, we lose opportunities for pleasure, joy, good relationships and humor. Happiness activities help balance the negativity bias so that we can see and experience the positive aspects of life.

Experiencing and absorbing moments of happiness has long-term brain benefits. Happy thoughts and experiences can grow new neural circuits in your brain. These neural structures provide you with internal strengths such as resilience, gratitude, enthusiasm, and happiness.

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