…DID YOU KNOW…
Every day is a holiday somewhere in the world…
There are approximately 18 different types of smiles
If you fake laugh long enough, you’ll actually start to laugh really hard. – try it!
Smiling is a basic human instinct. Even if they’ve never been able to witness it themselves, blind people smile when they are happy.
People are happier in the mornings….When the sun rises, so does your mood. One Cornell study found that the brightest periods of the day are when you first get out of bed. Researchers analyzed the tweets of 2.4 million people across the globe and found peaks in positive messages at the start of the day, the tones of which grew more negative as the hours passed.
Exercise can make you a more exuberant person….Bad day? Running it out may be your solution. Research has shown that just 20 minutes of physical activity can have subtle, positive mood benefits that can last far beyond the extension of your workout, SELF Magazine reported. Feel-good chemicals, like serotonin and dopamine all rise during exercise.
Pets make you happier…When we pet our furry friends, oxytocin (also known as “the cuddle hormone”) releases in our brains, making us instantly happier. The chemical also helps to reduce stress levels and lowers our blood pressure.
The happiest country is in Europe. For the second year in a row, Denmark was crowned the globe’s happiest country according to the United Nation’s World Happiness Report. The U.S. ranked 17th, falling six places from last year’s spot.
The weather can influence happy feelings…If you live in temperate climate, there’s a chance you may be a more cheerful individual. Some research has discovered that there is a correlation between milder summers and winters and happiness. And just as mild climates can boost your mood, harsher climates can have a negative effect. During the winter months, many suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, mainly due to the lack of light that comes with the season
Happy people prefer deeper conversations.
Exuberant human beings are social butterflies — but only if you forgo the trivial small talk. Researchers at the University of Arizona discovered that a spike in happiness occurred during social interactions when people were engaged in more substantive conversations.
Results from a 2013 Harris Poll revealed that life satisfaction is higher for older adults than young adults. Nearly 50 percent of Americans over the age of 65 are very happy, compared to just 31 percent of those ages 18-24.
Giving to others can give you a happiness boost.
Whether it’s through helping a charity or just a small act of kindness, altruism makes us feel good. One study even found that happiness gleaned from volunteering can increase your longevity.
Joy is contagious.
Connecting yourself to happy people will make you happier too, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. The research uncovered that if a close friend is happy, it increases the likelihood that you’ll feel happier by 15 percent. Even being near people who you don’t know very well — or “third-degree friends” — will increase your chance for joy by 6 percent.
If you’re looking to feel more cheerful, it may be time to stop and smell the roses! Researchers at the University of Florida found that the flower’s smell has a positive influence on your emotions. Studies have also found that certain perfumes can have a prosocial effect and make people more altruistic.
Music can elevate your happiness. Upbeat music = upbeat mindset? According to a study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, those who listened to rousing music were better able to put themselves in a positive mood.
Certain foods can make you happier. The key to a quick boost of happiness may lie in your diet. Foods like nuts contain higher levels of tryptophan, which can lead to the production of serotonin, a chemical that helps induce calm and happiness.