I am always on the look out for ways to improve myself, so when I stumbled across an article in Southern Living Magazine that said science could help me be a happier person, I thought I would share. I mean, we all need a little help now and then, right? Here are their scientifically proven suggestions below, give them an try, and let's see if it brings a smile to your face!

 

  • Exercise
  • Practice Yoga
  • Eat some dark, leafy greens
  • Try Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - combating negative thoughts
  • Buy Flowers for Yourself
  • Smile
  • Turn on the Lights - to reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Open the Curtains or Shades - let some light into your life!
  • Go Outside
  • Eat Some Mushrooms - contains natural vitamin D, which helps improve your mood
  • Meditate
  • Sniff Some Citrus
  • Eat Carbs for an Afternoon Snack - for that mood booster after lunch
  • Play with Your Pet
  • Take Mini Breaks - improves your mental health at work
  • Add Turmeric to your food - natural antidepressant
  • Listen to Music
  • Sing Along to Music, loudly!
  • Eat Some Chocolate - it boosts serotonin, which lifts your mood
  • Drink Coffee - it can improve your mood, and not just in the morning
  • Drink Green Tea - helps with weight loss by boosting metabolism
  • Make a Human Connection - not by email, not by phone, not by text
  • Eat Healthy Fats - it helps you feel calm and satisfied
  • Eat More Salmon - can lower depression rates by at least 25%
  • Try St John's Wort - herbal supplement that can be beneficial as an antidepressant