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2 Minutes to a Happier You


Posted on July 30th, by Lougie in Career, Career Development. Comments Off on 2 Minutes to a Happier You

Next time you need a pick-me-up, try one of these little instant mood-lifting tricks

Smile it'll make you happy

source:prevention.com

Little Ways to Lift Your Mood

Add a few of these instant get-happy tricks to your arsenal, so you can whip them out whenever you need a burst of bliss.

Experts say you won’t find true joy in a paycheck or miracle wrinkle-remover. According to happiness researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, of the University of California, Riverside, life circumstances account for only 10% of happiness. Half depends on our genetic “set point,” which is kind of like the weight our body bounces back to after that crash diet. And about 40% of our happiness is influenced by what we do deliberately to make ourselves happy. Next time you need to turn around a hellish day at work or brighten up a draggy afternoon, try one of these proven tips to lift your mood and make you smile.

1.    Flip through Old Photos

My Grandmothers red photo album

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When you’re feeling down, break out your kids’ baby albums or pics from your favorite vacation.

It may actually make you feel happier than a square of Godiva chocolate would! That’s what researchers at the United Kingdom’s Open University found after they examined how much people’s moods rose after eating a chocolate snack, sipping an alcoholic drink, watching TV, listening to music, or looking at personal photos.

The music and chocolate left most people’s moods unchanged; alcohol and TV gave a slight lift (1%), but the winner by a long shot was viewing pictures, which made people feel 11% better. To keep your spirits high at work, upload your favorite pics to your computer and set them as a rotating screen saver. Or splurge on a frame that flips through digital photos; amazon.com has plenty of options at a wide range of prices.

 

2. Munch on Nuts

Almonds

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For a mood-lifting snack, stash walnuts in your desk drawer.

Or sneak salmon into your salad for lunch. They’re both packed with omega-3 fats, which may make people less prone to depression, and easier to get along with, say researchers from the University of Pittsburgh. They measured the blood levels of omega-3 fats (a reliable indicator of consumption) of 106 healthy adults and gave them psychological tests. Those with the highest omega-3 blood levels scored 49 to 58% better on the tests than those with the lowest blood levels.

 

Source: January 2012, Prevention

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