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8 habits that will make you happy, according to science

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Smile. Fake smile will also do.
It works both ways: you smile, when you feel happy and you smile to feel happy. French neurologist Guillaume Duchenne found in his research already in 1862 that just turning up the corners of your mouth will activate the center of the secretion of serotonin, hormone of happiness.

Listen to music from the happiest time in your life.
Music can remind you of times and places where you have listened to it before. It can help you feel more connected to that happier time in your life and makes it more present.

Think about your long term goals.
Scientific researches show that thinking about goals can contribute to happiness in various ways. It gives you a sense of meaning and purpose and control. This, for example, can in your brain release dopamine which will make you feel better and more motivated.

Ask yourself 'what am I grateful for'?
Feeling grateful also activates the brain stem region that produces dopamine. It’s science, but also common sense: choosing to focus on good things makes you feel better than focusing on bad things.

Hugs, hugs, hugs. Don’t text, touch.
Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin (also know as ‘love’, ‘cuddle’ or ‘bonding’ hormone) levels, which heal feelings of loneliness and anger and also serotonin levels.

Take care of others.
Study conducted by United Healthcare found that among people who spent a few hours per week doing face-to-face volunteer work, 96 percent said that they felt happier, and 73 percent said that they felt less stressed. These positive emotions are attributed to dopamine and oxytocin, which release after a person performs a good deed.

Stay in touch.
Several studies have shown that social time is highly valuable when it comes to improving your happiness, even if you are introvert. Staying in touch with friends and family is one of the top five regrets of the dying. You should dial your friend’s number right about … now.

You know this one the most. Exercise!
No time? Not even 7 minutes? You DO have? Terrific news! If you haven’t heard about it yet you will now. It's a 7-minute workout, a full-body routine you can do just about anytime, anywhere. All you need is a chair, a wall, and your own body weight. It was designed by Chris Jordan, director of exercise physiology at Johnson & Johnson's Human Performance Institute. Aim for two to three rounds, 3 days per week, he suggests. That gets you close to the recommended guidelines of 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week.

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