7 Steps for a Happiness Makeover

Posted: June 8, 2012 in health
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Life is okay, for the most part. But if you are feeling depressed and sad lately, then you might need a happiness makeover. Small tweaks to your everyday activities such as dancing and housework can combat depression and enhance your mood. Here are a few practices that will help contribute to your happiness makeover.

Clean the house

According to a study conducted by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, getting at least 20 minutes of activities like gardening or household chores can improve emotional health. Depression is usually caused by congesting feelings of fear, guilt, anger, or sadness. Housecleaning is a great way to take action against these pent-up emotions.

Forgive and forget

Research studies have shown that there is plenty of power in forgiveness, enough to enhance physical and emotional health like decreased blood pressure, reduced risk for depression, and less stress.

Volunteer for a more optimistic outlook

When you give to the community, you actually get more. According to a research conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service, people who volunteer usually have less incidence of cardiovascular diseases, greater longevity, and reduce risk for depression.

Dance the blues away

Hitting the dance floor is a great way of improving your happy quotient. A study done by the Turkish students showed that individuals who danced three times weekly have lower levels of depression compared to wallflowers. Dancing also reduces stress, improves energy levels, and is a great way to socialize.

More fruits and produce

When your dopamine levels get zapped, you are more likely to be depressed. Increase the “happy” neurotransmitters in the body by eating more fruits and vegetables. Include produce rich in antioxidants such as apples, cauliflower, and berries.

A dose of sunshine

Improving the brain’s serotonin levels is as simple as going out for a walk. Research has shown that a dose of sunshine is enough to minimize depression, especially in seasonal affective disorder. Go out on the streets during your break or take an afternoon walk at the park daily.

Think happy

Replace negative thoughts with optimistic ones and live longer. If you change your mindset, you will start to change the way you feel about things and circumstances as well. Swap negative thoughts with the more positive ones starting today.

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