Simple Things To Make Your Life Happier And Yourself Healthier.

You probably know that laughter, hope and optimism make life more enjoyable, but some of us seem to be wired for seriousness, sobriety and pessimism instead.

Recent research shows that genetics may have a lot to do with the level of happiness you experience on a day to day basis. Some people are naturally giggly, cheerful, and happy go lucky, while others are a bit more somber.

However, there are still plenty of things you can do to influence how you feel each day.

In these difficult times, feeling hopeful can seem like challenge even for natural optimists... so here's a list of simple things you can do to give your attitude a boost:

1. Do what you love

You already know what you enjoy doing -- if you can find a way to make a living at it great,otherwise consider spending time doing it as a hobby or just for fun.

Spend one or two hours this week doing something that you truly enjoy.

2. Make time for family and friends

Spending time with people you love and enjoy has a relaxing and soothing effect. You'll feel wanted, respected and loved -- critical emotional experiences for good living.

3. Watch a good comedy

Nothing flushes away stress like a good laugh. If you don't have time for a full-length video,find a five-minute funny video on ...

4. Repeat positive affirmations to yourself

Sometimes we just need to remind ourselves that things aren't as bleak as they seem. Repeat a positive affirmations like "Today is a good day," "I'm having fun today," "I'm a great (insert occupation) and I do my job well," or "God works all things for the good of those who love him." 

5. Each day make a list of 10 things you are thankful for

Try not to repeat the same things every day.Spend a few minutes thinking about the items on your list and realize how good you've got it.

6. Exercise

As long as you don't over-do it, exercise has an effect similar to chocolate because it releases endorphins, which generally have an uplifting effect.

7. Laugh daily

Laughter triggers your body to create more antibodies and hormones that build up your immune system.

8. Find ways to release tension and a healthy way (without overeating)

If you bottle it all up, stress and tension will eat away at you and make you susceptible to all kinds of illness and health problems.

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