Here are some examples to inspire you:
1. Meditate… This is one of the most powerful happiness interventions. It doesn’t need to be too complex; all it requires is 5 minutes a day of breathing. Achor explains how regular meditation has been shown to “permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness, lower stress, even improve immune function.” Want to know more about meditation and how you can get started? Check out our full newsletter on it.
2. Find something to look forward to… A lot of us may intuitively know this already but the simple act of anticipating future rewards actually turns on the brain pleasure centers just as much as the actual reward will.
3. Commit conscious acts of kindness… This is another one that a lot of us can attest to anecdotally, but it’s actually been shown to decrease stress and have a really positive impact on mental health. Important to note: Think about the act as you’re doing it—don’t just think back at it.
4. Infuse positivity into your surroundings… Some ideas include decorating your office, going outside on a sunny day, limiting news on TV (all too real these days).
5. Exercise… We all know about the famous endorphins but there’s more. It improves motivation and feelings of mastery, reduces stress and anxiety, and helps to get into a flow state. It’s also been shown to be more successful than anti-depressants in long-term studies.
6. Spend money (but not on stuff)… Spend it on experiences, charity, and on friends.
7. Exercise a signature strength… Practice stuff that you’re good at like baking, giving advice, or taking care of the elderly. And, even more fulfilling than exercising a skill is when you exercise strength of character. Achor makes it a point to learn something new every day to fulfill his love of learning.