Here are five scientifically proven strategies to get an instant happiness boost:
1. Write a Thank You note.
If you don’t have any particular reason to thank someone, just write them a note to thank them for being in your life. It feels good for both of you.
2. Breathe for 30 seconds.
It’s the easiest way to take some “me” time and feel grateful. Simply close your eyes, breathe in through your nose and count to three. Then breathe out through your mouth and count to five.
3. Call a friend.
Reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to in awhile. It doesn’t matter what you talk about. Just make that all-important human connection we all crave. Real, live conversation is more natural and primal than Facebook or email — and often, more satisfying.
4. Keep a praise journal.
If someone sends you a thank-you or a compliment on a job well done, don’t delete it. File it! Then on days when you’re feeling blue, you can open up that folder of kind words and remember your strengths and how others value you.
5. Focus on best-case scenarios.
Research shows that visualizing the best outcomes for situations and yourself helps you become more optimistic. Thinking positively can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you visualize it, you work toward it.