The absolutely number one of the 3 best ways to make you happier instantly is, to smile.
Without doubt, even if smiling and being happy is the last thing you are feeling like doing.
Think about something that you love, that you are really grateful for.
Start with a little grin, let the warm feeling start to flow through your body.
Make that smile a bit bigger, feel your eyes softening, the warm feeling reaching your fingertips.
Go for an all out cheesy grin, show those teeth!
In his TED Talk Ron Gutman – Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act – shows that research has found some surprising facts.
Smiling is better at making you happy than chocolate or finding a large sum of money in an old coat pocket that you had forgotten about!
Ron also gives the scientific data, facts show that smiling, the absolutely number one best way to make you happier instantly, can also make a marriage last longer and be happier and add years to the span of your life.
I find this quite remarkable, that smiling often not only makes us happy but increases our life span!
So, if that wasn’t powerful enough what are the other 2 of the 3 best ways to making you happier instantly.
A close runner up to the best way to make you happier instantly, is to breathe!
Breathe deeply, into your diaphragm and then fill your lungs.
Take a deep breath in slowly, through your nose, go deep into your diaphragm, then raise your chest, grow tall and expand those lungs, when you are ready gradually let out the air through softly pursed lips.
Take a deep breath in again and this time smile. Lower that diaphragm, fill those lungs and gradually let the air out.
Let the exhale be slow so that it takes a little longer than the inhale.
Do this three or four times, don’t forget to smile and you will be relaxed, probable yawning and feeling much more at peace with yourself
Christopher Bergland writing in Psychology Today explains the science behind the the results.
(Christopher is an endurance athlete, he has three times won the Triple Ironman and set a Guiness World Record for running 153.76 miles in 24 hours on a treadmill! He uses this technique to enhance his athletic performance).
“Breathing in this way stimulates the Vagus nerve to counteract fight or flight stress”
(See the 9 part series “The Vagus Nerve Survival Guide to Combat Fight or Fight Urges”)
What is the Vagus Nerve?
“The vagus Nerve is the longest nerve of the autonomic nervous system and is one of the most important nerves in the body. The Vagus Nerve helps to regulate many aspects of human physiology, including the heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, digestion and even speaking.”
Richard N Fogoros MD Anatomy of the Vagus Nerve.
Western medicine is now agreeing with the ancient teachings of the East in this field.
So there you have it, the second best way to make you happier instantly, because all you have to do is breath deep, exhale slightly longer than the inhale and then to multiply the results; smile!
The third of 3 best ways to make you happier instantly is exercise
I challenge you to make it a habit everyday! Because however fit (or not) you are now, you can exercise everyday. Choose whatever exercise suits your level of fitness and your lifestyle and push yourself to do a little bit more.
If you can’t get out, try running – on the spot! If you have not exercised for years, run for 50 steps and build up to hundred, lifting your knees. (Always check with a health professional first)
Next exercise, try touching your toes! Get as close to those your toes as you can, just 5 times for a start and build up to 10.
It’s amazing what results you will get from the smallest amount of exercise.
Because the benefits of exercise are now so well known that here in the UK there is even a Government initiative to get us all exercising more.
Here are the main ways exercise makes you happier,
Exercise increases the production of endorphins and many other brain chemicals that make us feel happy.
“When you exercise, it increases endorphins, dopamine, adrenaline and endocannabinoid – these are all brain chemicals associated with feeling happy, feeling confident, feeling capable, feeling less anxiety and stress and even less physical pain” Kelly McGonigal Ph.D Author of “The Joy Of Movement.”
If you can exercise with others it can help boost your confidence, forming a bond with others who are working towards the same goals as you and sharing achievements.
If you can’t get out, there are many online classes and groups that you can join at home. From gentle yoga stretching to all out pumping dance routines. Find the group that fits your level, find your fitness family.
Exercising outdoors has all the above benefits plus you can connect with nature. Breathe in fresh air. Experience the changing weather and seasons.
Connect with others sharing the same form of exercise. Meet and chat with other dog walkers, cyclists, joggers, golfers, walkers, ramblers, mountain bikers, rock climbers…….
The 3 best ways to make you happier instantly. Smile and breathe deeply then exercise.
How about, for a mega effect doing all three together! As you exercise, breathe deeply and smile
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