Exercise, even if you don’t get ripped
If you spend hours at the gym but don’t seem to be losing weight or building muscle tone, don’t be tempted to quit. A study in the Journal of Health Psychology found that people who exercised felt better about their bodies, even when they saw no physical changes in the mirror. So you may not be turning into a swimsuit model, but you’re definitely going to feel better in your jeans.
Wake up 15 to 30 minutes earlier
You might be wondering how less sleep can make you happier. We promise it will. Just think about it: With more time in the morning, you won’t be running around the kitchen spilling coffee and dropping toast as you frantically put the kids on the bus and barely catch your train to the city. Getting up a little earlier will make it much easier to get a positive start to your day. You’ll see a difference in your attitude immediately, according to Psychology Today.
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Stop looking for happiness
Perhaps the best way to find happiness is, ironically, to quit searching for it. “The more we become obsessed with feeling a certain way, the more we put pressure on ourselves and also set ourselves up for expectations that sometimes we can’t meet,” says Dr Jennifer R. Wolkin, PhD, neuropsychologist. Instead, focus on finding meaning – by forging new friendships and pursuing favourite pastimes – and happiness will follow.
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