ere are 10 research- based suggestions for improving your mood and increasing your satisfaction with life by Professor of Psychology David G. Myers:
Take control of your time : Happy people feel in control of their lives. To master your use of time, set goals and break them into daily aims. This may be frustrating at first because we all tend to overestimate how much we will accomplish in any given day. The good news is that we generally underestimate how much we can accomplish in a year, given just a little progress every day.
Seek work and leisure that engage your skills: Happy people often are in a zone called flow—absorbed in tasks that challenge but don’t overwhelm them. The most expensive forms of leisure (sitting on a yacht) often provide less flow experience than simpler forms, such as gardening, socializing, or craft work.
Realize that enduring happiness may not come from financial success : We adapt to change by adjusting our expectations. Neither wealth, nor any other circumstance we long for, will guarantee happiness.
Give priority to close relationships: Intimate friendships can help you weather difficult times. Confiding is good for soul and body. Compared with unhappy people, happy people engage in less superficial small talk and more meaningful conversations. So resolve to nurture your closest relationships by not taking your loved ones for granted. This means displaying to them the sort of kindness you display to others, affirming them, playing together, and sharing together.
Act happy: Research shows that people who are manipulated into a smiling expression feel better. So put on a happy face. Talk as if you feel positive self – esteem, are optimistic, and are outgoing. We can often act our way into a happier state of mind.
Join the “movement” movement : Aerobic exercise can relieve mild depression and anxiety as it promotes health and energy. Sound minds reside in sound bodies. Off your duffs, couch potatoes!
Give your body the sleep it wants: Happy people live active lives yet reserve time for renewing sleep and solitude. Many people suffer from sleep debt, with resulting fatigue, diminished alertness, and gloomy moods.
Focus beyond self:Reach out to those in need. Perform acts of kindness. Happiness increases helpfulness (those who feel good do good). But doing good also makes us feel good.
Nurture your spiritual self: For many people, faith provides a support community, a reason to focus beyond self, and a sense of purpose and hope. That helps explain why people active in faith communities report greater-than-average happiness and often cope well with crises.
Count your blessings and record your gratitude : Keeping a gratitude journal heightens well-being. When Something good happens, such as an achievement, take time to appreciate and savor the experience. Record positive events and why they occurred. Express your gratitude to others.
Source : The Pursuit of Happiness : Who is Happy and Why ?