10 scientific theories that make you happy

Abraham Lincoln once said- “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

Research suggests that we are already born with some happiness which is pretty innate. Some are born less happy than the others.

So the grumpy people around you cut them some slack!

To make you a happier person, there are some validated ways.

Let’s get in!

Ten things that make you happy! Let’s look at it.

Meditate

Meditation is the number one for staying happy.

The author of The Happiness Advantage says :

“After few minutes of meditation, we experience calm and content, and we are better aware and empathised. Regularly meditating can rewire the brain and take up the levels of happiness.”

 

 

Scientists have compared the brain before and after of patients who have tried an eight-week meditation. There was considerable growth in the brain regions linked to self-awareness and compassion.

Short Commute

Move closer to your workplace or a new place to work. There is no point of having a better paying job if you have to trek till there. The overall negative effect of commuting excessively outweighs the benefits of having a big house or a nice job.

Also, driving in traffic is a different kind of hell.

Help others

Everything today revolves around me and I. You could often see that the happiest people are often very generous.

Try the five-minute favour suggested by Adam Grant, who is a professor at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Try finding few minutes to help someone out, it could be something small to you but could be large to them!

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Get yourself some time

Using funds to purchase some time will bring you more happiness than simply purchasing things.

The researchers from Harvard and British Colombia surveyed around 6 thousand people and just asked this straightforward question.

“How much money do you spend every month to increase the free time? How often, in a month?

People who spent beyond average were highly satisfied, in comparison.

The income earned by these participants didn’t influence the results.

Get appropriate sleep

You probably know this.

So in an experiment,

Sleep-deprived students were asked to memorise a list of words. They were able to remember words wi=hich had a negative connotation whereas online 31% words were positive, e.g. sunshine.

The hippocampus is responsible for processing neutral and positive memories.

30 seconds

If you see someone struggling with something you know, you could give them a hand. Taking 30 seconds to help someone will flood your head with feel-good hormones and you will feel good all day!

Practice gratitude

Those who are involved in regular practice are :

Happier and less depressed

Have better sleep

Engage in healthy behaviours.

Accept all adversities

People who have faced adversities in life are happier than the ones who haven’t. The benefits gained are:

Reinforcing one’s identity

Coping with any stressful situations

Increases resilience

Makes one optimistic

Understand the true meaning of happiness

Happiness is based on how satisfied you are with life and how good you feel on a daily basis.

We learn to adapt with time, and hence circumstances don’t play an important role in our happiness levels.

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50% of the happiness is genetically determined, 40% is controlled by actions, behaviours and thoughts and only 10% by various circumstances.

Happiness can be hardwired

You can be a happier person, beginning from this very moment. Don’t stress with the percentages mentioned above.

Happiness is not about being smiley always. It is about not having all the money in the world or being saved from troubles. Happiness is being contented and satisfied.

You deserved happiness, every piece of it. It is your birthright.

Claim it!

 

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