Fall can be a very difficult time of year. Days have become shorter, work has become busy, and the weather has shifted so we spend less time outside. All of this can have a significant impact on our overall happiness. Most of us want to be happier, but few of us understand happiness.
What few people know is that our happiness is not entirely within our control. A 2008 study from the How of Happiness shows that 50% of our happiness is genetic, 10% is circumstantial, and the remaining 40% is a choice we make on a day to day basis. Here are some choices you can make to increase your happiness this Fall:
Did you know that when you smile it actually causes you to feel happier. Try it right now… Amazing eh! There are countless studies which show that the act of smiling (even when it’s not natural) causes you to feel happier as it triggers a chain reaction throughout your body. The opposite is true for frowning, so the more you can make yourself smile (naturally or otherwise), the better.
Do you ever notice that have more energy in the summer months? This is directly tied to vitamin D and for many of us we can become deficient in the fall and winter months. You don’t need to hit up a tanning bed to get it. We suggest taking Vitamin D tablets or drops during the darker months of the year. It will boost your energy and your happiness.
When I’m unhappy or tired, the last thing I want to do is go to the gym, but it’s exactly what I need to do. Exercise releases endorphins which cause us to feel euphoric. What’s interesting is that endorphins are actually addictive, so the more you exercise the more addicted you can become to it! Weight training is particularly good for mental capacity, so a mix up cardio and weights will help you achieve the best results.
Challenging our minds and bodies is key to happiness because learning to navigate new and situations provides us a sense of satisfaction. It could be learning a new game, travelling somewhere new, learning an instrument or a language. We are designed to progress in various aspects of our lives, and doing so makes us happier.
Contrary to what your grandmother says, research shows that money can buy happiness – to a degree. Buying something that makes you happier provides a short term boost in happiness. Generally the longer the item lasts the longer you will be happy about it. We recommend something that will make you look and feel happier…Follow these steps to build a happier life – something all of us at LadyLashClub are unapologetically passionate about.