LAUGH A LITTLE MORE.
When you laugh, your stress hormones decrease and endorphins (the brain’s “feel good” chemicals) increase. Research suggests that your body doesn’t know the difference between real and fake laughter, so fake it until you make it, by forcing yourself to laugh a little bit every day to cheer up.
The United Nations ranks Denmark as one of the happiest countries in the world, and it turns out that 43% of Danes contribute to their community regularly, compared to 25% of Americans. Volunteering expands social circles, increases self-confidence and self-worth and can even combat depression.
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Sometimes, you need to set time aside and list all of the things that are “right” with your life. Whether you count your blessings at prayer or keep a gratitude journal every day, you will develop a habit of deliberately focusing on being thankful. Watch how this changes your attitude from negative to positive.