Get happy

If you are using your phone a lot, smoking or drinking, or constantly complaining you might be throwing away a chance at being truly happy. Here’s why some of your habits make you feel sad, and how to get happier every day.

Get offline

Depending on how you’re using your phone, it may be taking a toll on your well-being. Mindless social scrolling can cause you to compare yourself to others, which is bad for your mental and even physical health. Mental health professionals recommend unfollowing accounts that make you feel inadequate, or limiting the amount of time you spend on social media.

This is especially important right before bed. Using your phone even 20 minutes before you hit the hay can mess with your circadian rhythms, making it hard to get a restful night of sleep. Be sure to power down so you can rest up!

Say no to substances

Nicotine can temporarily spike dopamine levels in the brain, giving you a false sense of happiness. But, over time, these doses can lead to withdrawal and can even spur depression. Here’s how to ditch cigarettes, so you’ll stop experiencing mood swings that cause stress and anxiety.

Similarly, alcohol is a depressant that can saturate your brain with serotonin. The higher your serotonin levels, the more likely you are to make bad decisions and get the blues. Limit your alcohol consumption to two to three drinks a week to give your brain a boost.

Fake it ‘til you make it

In the moment it might feel like you need to vent to get things off your chest, but complaining can actually hurt you later on. Complaining actually tricks your brain out of thinking you can solve the problem, and primes you to look at the bad rather than the good.

By thinking more positively and figuring out a way to change your circumstances, your cranium can crack the code — meaning you’ll be happier no matter the situation you’re in.

Read more about how to live a happier life.

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