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The 12 Secrets to Happiness at Any Age

Happiness knows no bounds, limits, nor age. So whether turning 24, 78, or somewhere far and in between, unlock the key to happiness in life with these secrets!

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The secrets to happiness are not just backed by science, but can be applied throughout all life’s stages. And truly, happiness knows no bounds, limits, nor age.

So whether turning 24, 78, or somewhere far and in between, unlock the key to happiness in life with these secrets!

12 Secrets to Finding Happiness in Life

1. Make the choice to be happy.

We own the power of our happiness and every second and moment we have the choice to be happy. There is even evidence showing even trying to be happier really can work.

So make happiness a priority and take advantage of methods to obtain and elevate it, including dispersing yourself around happy and positive people and learning self-management skills and techniques.

2. Give gratitude on a daily basis.

Gratitude helps us remember our blessings and priorities and encourages us to focus on the fortunes that truly matter beyond monetary value. Counting blessings versus blessings has also shown to lend emotional and interpersonal benefits according to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Really, giving daily gratitude is extremely effective in becoming happier in all facets of life, and can truly prime the brain for a happier, humbler day. So as you wake up and drink your coffee, take a few minutes to reflect and jot down what are you are grateful for and the feelings it provides, including the appreciation for a healthy body, loving family, supportive group of friends, and stocked fridge and pantry with nourishing foods.

3. Live in the moment.

Instead of dwelling on what could have been or being anxious about the future, allow yourself to live in the moment where you have the capability and choice to feel happy. So dismiss what you cannot control, quiet the negative chatter, and and coexist presently in day-to-day tasks and activities.

4. Practice meditation and mindfulness.

The practice of meditation helps us focus attention on the present moment, including gaining control of thoughts. Furthermore, mindfulness is a nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment, encouraging its believers and followers to make the most out of the situation at hand.

The practice of each gifts immediate benefits, including greater feelings of well-being and lower levels of stress and anxiety, while regular meditation can eventually rewire and restructure the brain to lower feelings of sadness and raise levels of happiness throughout the entire lifespan.

5. Identify goals for yourself.

Achieving goals grants satisfaction and helps maintain and prosper our purpose in life. So while living in the moment certainly is key to happiness, it is equally important to identify goals we have for ourselves and actively work towards them.

The framework of goals should be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely) to help increase accountability and their accomplishment. To get started, grab a sheet of paper and write down what you want in detail, also reflecting on when you want it, and the steps to take to achieve it.

Likewise, the most gratifying outcomes stems from identifying goals you personally want to delve into and tackle, not those others are doing or think you should do.

6. Create daily checklists.

It is important to establish and prioritize goals important to you and construct a game plan that aligns with them. Creating checklists the night before can keep you on track and motivated as soon as you wake up, as you know exactly what to do to optimize your time.

This can too help establish an effective morning routine, as what you do in the morning can truly prime your day and dictate the outcome of your life.

7. Ensure Adequate Sleep

Achieving consistent and adequate sleep is critical for mental health, including boosting mood and energy levels. The general rule of thumb is seven to nine hours of sleep on a nightly basis.

But if struggling to catch those Zzz’s, try sticking to a sleep schedule, creating a comfortable sleep environment, turning off electronics, relaxing leading up to bedtime, dismissing caffeine in the afternoon and evening hours, and taking control over hunger.

8. Laugh and Smile

The best medicine is not found in the medicine cabinet… Laughter is the best medicine, as it can produce happiness, lower stress levels, and improve quality of life. Increase humor in your life by thinking more positively, watching funny videos, and smiling more.

That simple act of smiling can trick your brain into happiness in life according to a NBC News Report. And it takes more muscles to frown, so why not smile and increase laughter?

9. Sustain Close Relationships

While truly not so surprisingly, a 75-year-old Harvard study revealed good relationships is key to happiness and wellbeing.

So sustain close relationships with family, friends, and other loved ones. Becoming more active in the community through volunteer work and other organizations to boost mental health and overall quality of life.

10. Get Out in Nature

Allow yourself to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the technological world and step out in nature. In fact, there is evidence showing happiness is greater in natural environments.

Even walking outside on your lunch break and watering flowers can suffice, as findings from a 2014 study suggest that even short-term visits to nature areas have positive effects on perceived stress relief and improved wellbeing.

11. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Amidst balancing work, family, and a social life, there are sure to be moment of chaos and stress. And it is not too uncommon to fixate on the negative. But rather than becoming hostile, upset, or agitated, don’t sweat the small stuff!

Eliminate, anticipate, and prepare for the factors that trigger behavior and start recognizing which situations you do or do not have control over.

12. Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle

One of the most valuable ways to support both physical and mental health is by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including by consuming a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, sleeping seven to nine hours nightly, and managing stress.

The balance of all lifestyle factors not only boosts mood instantly, but benefits health in the short

Written By Sydney Lappe, MS, RDN. Published on November 07, 2012. Updated on January 10, 2019.

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