No theory here.
No nightly exercises for months.
You’re feeling sad or angry.
How do you get happy fast?
Sex, Exercise, Socialize
When researchers survey 5000 people from 83 countries, what do they learn about happiness?
We’re happiest when we’re having sex, exercising, or socializing.
Researchers asked people to do a bunch of different exercises to quickly increase happiness. What was most effective? Smiling.
Research shows comparing yourself to others can make you feel better — but only if you compare yourself to those worse off than you:
Do Your Taxes
Complex cognitive tasks like doing math can alleviate a bad mood:
Take A Nap
Studies show we can process negative thoughts quite well when we’re exhausted — just not the happy ones. So get your rest.
So, again, the seven are:
- Downward comparisons
- Do your taxes
(I’m not recommending you try them all at the same time… but if you do, I want to hear about it.)
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This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.