Hugs may not be on this list, but they should be.
Spend money on other people. A study concluded that "the
happiest people were the biggest givers, no matter what they
Count your blessings. A University of Pennsylvania professor
proved that people who wrote down three good things that happened to
them every night were significantly happier than control group who
Try something new. People who try new experiences are
generally happier, research has shown.
Delay gratification. Anticipating happiness actually makes
you happy. Studies have shown that it's human nature to forestall an enjoyable
Expose yourself to more blue. Researchers showed that
exposing yourself to the color blue sent "self confidence soaring,
cut stress, and boosts happiness."
Set goals for yourself. Psychologist Jonathan Freedman claims
that people who set objectives for themselves are happier than those
Go to church. In a study, people who attended church
regularly responded that they were happier and more satisfied with
their lives than people who were not religious.
Sleep at least six hours every night. Six hours and 15
minutes a night of un-interrupted sleep makes for the happiest
people, a British study found.
Make sure you have at least 10 good friends. Adults who
said they had 10 good friends were happier than those who could
count five or less close friends.
Fake it 'til you make it. Several studies have shown that
just the act of smiling can cause people to experience happy
Have a romantic relationship. People in relationships were
generally found to be happier than other people, and spouses have
the highest sense of well-being whether they are happily married or
not, according to a study from Cornell University. Of course,
listening to "Don't Worry, Be Happy" always makes me smile.