4 Rituals to Practice Everyday to Make You Happy
(As shown by Neuroscience Research)
Ask yourself: What am I grateful for?
Practicing gratitude actually affects your brain the same way that antidepressants like Wellbutrin and Prozac do! Even if you can't think of many things to be grateful for, it's the active practice of searching that counts.
Label your negative emotions
Make sure you give your feelings a name- Are you sad? Are you Angry? Are you Frustrated? Giving your feelings an explicit name reduces arousal in the systems that make you feel negatively. Simple, but it works.
Make more decisions
Stop waiting for the "perfect" moment to decide on something. Take back control and start deciding more because more often than not a "good enough decision is almost always good enough."
Give lots of looongg hugs
Hugs are worth it. Hugging someone you love has been shown to increase the neurotransmitter oxytocin and reduce pain. Make an effort to talk to those you love and give them extra long hugs.