Concrete Ways to Improve Happiness

The founder of the Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Dr. Gregg Jantz is a successful speaker on a variety of life issues and has been featured on CNN, the Associated Press, CBS, and many other national channels. An experienced emotional counselor, Dr. Gregg Jantz is the author of a variety of mental health books, including Moving Beyond Depression, Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Your Anger, and Happy for the Rest of Your Life.

For many people, happiness seems like an elusive goal. However, scientific studies indicate that improving happiness is not as difficult as it may seem. By changing just a few simple things in everyday life, individuals are able to feel better and more content. One way to improve happiness is to exercise for just seven minutes. Even such a brief workout increases feelings of happiness and improves how individuals feel about their bodies, regardless of any physical changes.

Sleeping also affects happiness. While negative stimuli are processed in the amygdala, which is not affected by sleep deprivation, neutral and positive memories are processed by the hippocampus, which is very affected by sleep. As a result, individuals who do not sleep enough will struggle with remembering positive memories, but will easily remember negative ones. Further, contrary to common beliefs, going to sleep angry can actually help the feelings dissipate, allowing for happier feelings in the morning.

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