Six ways to feel happier in five minutes

Six ways to feel happier in five minutes

Have you got out of the wrong side of bed today? Turn your mood around with just one of these simple steps

Whether you’ve got something weighing on your mind or you’ve just woken up like a bear with a sore head, the whole day is not a total write-off – there is hope for you yet!

Scientists and psychologists dedicate entire studies – often even entire careers – to the pursuit of happiness. Luckily the results have shown that there are a number of things you can do to lift your mood if you’re feeling down, and they can take mere minutes.

Give one or two of these a go and we promise it’ll make a difference to your day.

Stop and smell the roses – literally

Unlike some sayings that appear to spring from nowhere (“it’s raining cats and dogs,” anyone?), stop and smell the roses actually makes sense. Not only does it encourage you to pause and take a moment to enjoy the good things in life, but there’s a bit of science behind it too.

Studies have found that sniffing roses can calm your breathing and lower your blood pressure. Meanwhile the smell of lavender has been found to help insomnia, anxiety and stress.

Try going for a walk and be sure to stop and smell those flowers. Read our article on five brilliant UK walking trails for inspiration.

Perform an act of kindness

Making someone else feel good can make you feel great. A study by a psychologist at the University of Kentucky found that the more people helped others, the happier they were and the more purposeful their lives felt.

Aside from grand gestures that may not appear day to day – saving kittens from trees and the like – you can do small everyday acts which will make all the difference to your mood and someone else’s. Try some of the following:

1. Smile and say “good morning” to your neighbours.
2. Help a lady with a pram get down the stairs.
3. Let other drivers out of side roads.
4. Give your spare change to charity tin rattlers.
5. Buy a homeless person a coffee and a sandwich.
6. Make a cup of tea for the window cleaners/gardener/neighbour.
7. Call an elderly friend or relative just to talk.
8. Leave the pound coin in the trolley slot for the next person to find.

Dress to kill

Looking great can help you feel great, so have a nice hot shower, put on your favourite outfit – no, not the joggers and baggy T-shirt combo, the other one – and do your hair and make-up. If that sounds like too much effort, just slip on your favourite shoes or shade of lipstick to lift your outfit.

Psychologists say that knowing we look good will help us to walk taller and approach people and things with more confidence. This in turn makes us feel better about ourselves inside as well as out.

Smile like you mean it

Studies show that the simple act of smiling can send messages to our brain that we’re feeling happy, so in effect you can trick yourself into feeling happier.

Not only this, but people who smile are deemed as more approachable and kind-hearted. Plus if you smile at people, chances are they will smile back, and that will lift your mood even more.

To make sure your smile is at its best, see our article on how a brighter smile can take years off you. If it’s wobbly dentures that are stopping you from bearing a toothy grin, fix them in with Fixodent to make sure they stay secure.

Reflect on happy memories

Take a few minutes to look through some old photo albums or write down the 10 best moments of your life. This is called “anchoring” as it hooks you back to those good feelings.

Be careful, though, not to look back with too much nostalgia. Instead remember that there are still many opportunities to have happy moments again, now and in the future.

Watch a funny video

Whether crazy cats, barking mad dogs or adorable babies are your weak spot, jump on YouTube and watch a compilation video or two to bring a smile to your face. And don’t forget to share it with your friends on Facebook so you can help make someone else smile, too.

What makes you happy? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Zowie

Zowie 12/03/2018

Amazing wouldn't use anything else ever

Stick and Smile

nigeenoo 07/03/2018

Sticks fantastic dont have to worry about bread pulling my choppers out!

Singing

Sarah 05/03/2018

Nothing like belting out a power ballard to make you happy :)

My children

Annmarie 03/03/2018

My children make me so happy. They make me proud every day and are always doing above and beyond at school. Their smiles brighten even the greyest of days

What makes you Happy

Ellen 14/02/2018

I love spending time with my family and going for long walks in the fresh air . That’s what makes me Happy

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