6 Scientific Tricks To Make You Happy

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[Music] what’s the most important thing in life contrary to popular opinion it’s not money fame nor even power it’s happiness this is all you really need to enjoy a high quality of life plain and simple there are plenty of people around the world who live in third world countries with nothing more than the shirts on their back and yet often these are the happiest people on earth this illustrates how you don’t need much to be happy so what’s their secret how can you boost your happiness to sky-high levels funnily enough there are plenty of tips and tricks which have been proven to work wonders one spend money on others when many of us are sad we often go out and buy something in an effort to cheer ourselves up this could be as simple as a chocolate bar or as extravagant as a new sports car but stunning new research has shown that if you really want to use money to increase your happiness you need to spend it on other people a study from 2008 gave people envelopes full of money half were instructed to spend it on themselves while the other half were instructed to donate the money to charity or buy a gift for a friend individuals who spent money on others reported much higher levels of happiness to listen to sad songs when we’re feeling blue many of us put in our headphones zone out and play our favorite music but before you choose the happiest songs on your playlist you might want to listen to this a 2014 study found that those listening to sad music actually received beneficial emotional effects these effects included regulation of negative emotion and mood in simpler terms sad music helps you handle your bad moods so if you really want to cheer yourself up put on the saddest song you can find in your playlist 3 drink coffee we’re guessing no one was expecting this one there’s been a lot of talk about how coffee might be good or bad for you but not many people are discussing its effect on mood there have actually been a few studies which have looked into this and the results are pretty stunning one of the most interesting studies was published in 2016 and it found that one cup of coffee per day equated to an 8 percent decrease in the risk for depression up to a limit of 500 milligrams of caffeine per day why is coffee so good at fighting off depression researchers aren’t 100% sure but they think it might have to do something with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories present in coffee as well as it’s linked to dopamine production for meditation of all the things we’re listing here meditation probably has the most conclusive science to back it up meditation has been practiced for thousands of years long before the science of psychology even existed people have been aware of its benefits for a very long time and its ability to reduce stress is well known and yes numerous scientific studies have been able to back this up proving that there is a link between meditation and reduced stress and anxiety examples include studies of people in high-stress situations such as nursing students or people who were dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina meditation worked wonders in almost all situations five go for a walk sometimes the simplest methods are often the most effective it seems like this is definitely the case when dealing with sadness as research has shown that merely going for a walk can be a major game changer some studies studied the positive effects of simply getting outside and experiencing nature a walk in the forest for example others found that walking in any situation increased happiness simply because it involved exercise but wherever you choose to stroll going for a walk seems to be a really good idea to cheer yourself up 6 get your feelings off of your chest keeping your emotions bottled up inside of you is never a good idea and it definitely helps to get things off of your chest have you ever felt that massive feeling of relief when you confess your fears and worries it really does work wonders and science seems to confirm this one recent study looked at how recording a negative emotional experience can actually help calm our nerves and helps us deal with our worries those who were writing about their emotional experiences were much more calm and relaxed than those who were writing about other subjects as you can see the cold and calculating laboratories of science can actually teach us a lot about how to warm up our hearts and cheer ourselves up who knows maybe you’ll find yourself using one of these methods one day please subscribe to join our community of psyched ego errs thanks so much for watching hi everyone today’s video is made possible by audible user link audible.com slash like to go or texts like to go to five hundred five hundred to get a free book and to audible originals and a 30-day trial cut listening make you a better person there’s never been a better time to start listening on audible with audible you get access to an unbeatable selection of audio books including 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