Put Some Pep in Your Step

Scientists say walking tall with swinging arms helps you feel more positive. Even if you're not feeling happy, a spirited stroll can help you fake it till you make it.

Slap on a Smile

Want to lift your spirits? Lift the corners of your mouth. When you smile like you mean it, you can change your brainís chemistry and feel happier.

Volunteer

Find ways to get involved in your community or help out a friend in need. Youíll help yourself, too. It can improve your mental health and well-being. Win-win.

Make New Friends

It makes you feel good to spend time with people who care about you. So be open to new relationships, whether itís someone you meet at the office, gym, church, or park. But be sure to maintain those lifelong connections, too. Studies show the more connected you are, the happier you are.

Count Your Blessings

Write down everything thatís good in your life. When you make an effort to look on the bright side, it helps you stay focused on the positive.

Break a Sweat

It can take as little as 5 minutes for exercise to put you in a better mood. Moving your body also has good long-term effects: Regular exercise helps keep depression at bay.

Forgive and Forget

Are you holding a grudge? Let it go. Forgiveness frees you from negative thoughts and makes more room in your life for inner peace. And that brings you happiness

Practice Mindfulness

Meditate for an hour a week. Itíll give you a dose of joy, peace, and contentment. Itíll also create new pathways in your brain to make it easier for you to feel joy.

Turn on Some Tunes

Music can have a powerful effect on your emotions. Pick your favorite music mix and get into the groove. Youíll get a real feel-good vibe.

Get the ZZZs You Need

Most adults need 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night to stay in a good mood. Youíre more likely to be happy when you get enough shut-eye.

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