We’ve scoured the Internet for fun and easy ways to make it a great start to your week. As we might have mentioned, the elusive emotion known as happiness is your key to health, success and overall life enjoyment. Research shows that happier people are more sociable, likable, healthy, and productive―and they’re more inclined to help other people. By working to boost your own happiness, you’re making other people happier, too. Side note, we’re a sucker for the dark and moody types too—but so far there hasn’t been any medical studies to support the health benefits of brooding.
Here are a few we found for you..
1. Walk in the Park OK English lit majors.. remember Ralph Waldo Emerson? he said this over 100 years ago “Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.”
Why? Scientific America has reported that even just five minutes of exercise in a natural setting can significantly boost your mood. For that extra boost on a sunny day, studies have shown that light stimulates brain chemicals that improve mood.
2. Be a hero! Join Facebook’s recent do-good campaign and sign up to be an organ donor. Here’s some recent stats from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services:
114,304 people are waiting for an organ
18 people will die each day waiting for an organ
1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives
The take-away, say scientists, amounts to much more than a passing feel-good moment: It’s literally your health that stands to gain. In one study of 2,000 people conducted at the Buck Institute for Age Research in Novato, California, those who volunteered for two or more organizations had a whopping 44 percent lower likelihood of dying compared with those who didn’t – and that’s after adjusting for other factors such as health, exercise, and marital status. Volunteering even beat out exercising four times a week (30 percent) and going to religious services (29 percent) when it came to promoting longevity. Another study of 427 women found that those who did any kind of volunteering had better physical functioning 30 years later. Next to quitting smoking, giving is the best possible thing you could do for your health – making virtue truly its own reward.