1. Get out in nature
You probably seriously underestimate how important this is. Being in nature reduces stress, makes you more creative, improves your memory and may even make you a better person.
We all know how important this is, but few people do it consistently. Other than health benefits, exercise make you smarter, happier, improves sleep, increases libido and makes you feel better about your body.
3. Spend time with friends and family
Relationships are worth more than you think. Not feeling socially connected can make you stupider and kill you. Loneliness can lead to heart attack, stroke and diabetes. The longest lived people on the planet all place a strong emphasis on social engagement and good relationships are more important to a long life. Friends are key to improving your life. Share good news and enthusiastically respond when others share good news with you to improve your relationships. Want to instantly be happier? Do something kind for them.
4. Express gratitude
It will make you happier. It will improve your relationships. It can make you a better person. It can make life better for everyone around you.
Meditation can increase happiness, meaning in life, social support and attention span while reducing anger, anxiety, depression and fatigue. Along similar lines, prayer can make you feel better — even if you’re not religious.
6. Get enough sleep
You can’t cheat yourself on sleep and not have it affect you. Being tired actually makes it harder to be happy. “Sleeping on it” does improve decision making. Lack of sleep can make you more likely to behave unethically and get sick. There is such a thing as beauty sleep. Naps are great too. Naps can also increase alertness and performance on the job, enhance learning ability and purge negative emotions while enhancing positive ones.
7. Challenge yourself
Learning another language can keep your mind sharp. Music lessons increase intelligence. Challenging your beliefs strengthens your mind. Increasing willpower just takes a little effort each day and it’s more responsible for your success than IQ. Not getting an education or taking advantage of opportunities are two of the things people look back on their lives and regret the most.
People who use humor to cope with stress have better immune systems, reduced risk of heart attack and stroke, experience less pain and live longer. Laughter should be like a daily vitamin. Just reminiscing about funny moments can improve your relationship.
9. Touch someone
Touching can reduce stress, improve team performance, and help you be persuasive. Hugs make you happier. Sex may help prevent heart attacks and cancer, improve your immune system and extend your life.
10. Be optimistic
Optimism can make you healthier, happier and extend your life. The Army teaches it in order to increase mental toughness in soldiers. Being overconfident improves performance.