If you have turned on the radio in the past month it’s likely you’ve heard the hit song “Happy” by popular artist, Pharrell Williams. This song has gained so much esteem that the Grammy-winning artist teamed up with the United Nation Foundation to celebrate the International Day of Happiness on the first day of spring. With upbeat lyrics like “can’t nothing bring me down” and a catchy melody, it makes perfect sense that it sits at the music charts no.1 spot: It makes us happy.
Happiness is hard to define because it means many different things to different people. But there is one thing we all have in common; everyone strives to reach his or her own happiness but often looks toward the wrong place. The journey to a happy, healthier life takes a little effort. But small changes and additions to our daily routine can cultivate a healthier mind, body and soul.
Here are 5 simple actions proven to boost your mood:
Exercise: Physical activity is well known for releasing endorphins that improve physical and mental health. Spend time outside gardening, not only does it relieve stress, it can provide light to moderate exercise.
Interact with animals: It doesn’t matter if you are a dog person or a cat person; pets have a wonderful effect on mood. Even just petting an animal increases pleasure in the brain.
Volunteer:If you don’t have a pet to play with take time to volunteer at the local animal shelter. Volunteering benefits others while improving your over all well-being. Soup kitchens and after school programs are always looking for help.
Show kindness: This can be as simple as opening the door for someone or sharing a piece of cake. Making other people happier in return makes you happy!
And lastly, listen to happy music: As this whole blog is about, happy music is scientifically proven to improve our moods!
“The grass is greener where you water it” – Neil Barringham