5 Ways to Harness Happiness

We all want to be happy - but do we actively pursue happiness on a daily basis? Usually not.

Most of the time, we just live our lives day by day, hoping that a few big accomplishments will somehow lead to complete and everlasting happiness. Unfortunately, that is not how people become "happy". Even after winning the Super Bowl, a football player who has worked hard his entire life to achieve such a monumental victory will feel happier only for a couple of weeks, and then, his happiness levels will go right back to where they were before. Luckily there are daily habits that have been scientifically proven to make us feel happier. Yes, we can actually do things every day that will make us happier and healthier without it being difficult or too time-consuming. So, what are these mysterious activities you might ask? Read on to discover 5 ways to harness lasting happiness!

Simply Smile

Yes, that's right - when you are feeling sad, stressed or anxious - try lifting the corners of your mouth, it's called a smile ;) They say "fake it 'til you make it" for a reason, because it actually works! Forcing a smile actually changes your brain chemistry causing it to release dopamine, which makes us happier. It's one of those "what came first the chicken or the egg" kind of things. That doesn't mean you have to be weird about it - with a fake grin plastered on your face all day but you can use it as a tool to lift your spirits when you're having a down moment.