Dr. Joy Shares Simple Tips to Enhance Your Happiness

By WEEK Reporter

September 23, 2010 Updated Sep 23, 2010 at 11:07 PM CDT

Your happiness matters and tonight we will explore some simple things that you can do to raise your happiness quotient.

These tips may seem simple in nature, but Dr. Joy Miller says research has shown they can create a change.

So how can we impact and chancge our happiness level?

Dr. Sonya Lyumbomirsky from the University of California is the foremost authority on happiness

Her research shows that 50% of our happiness is based on a set point, 10% is genetic, and 40% of our happiness is within our control.

That means we can dramatically change our happiness with intention activities

So what are some intentional activities we can try to enhance our happiness quotient?

• Flip through old photos. Researchers studied mood change. They tested people eating Godiva chocolate, watching TV, listening to music, having a drink, and looking at old photos. Music and chocolate had no effect, alcohol and TV changed mood by 1% and viewing pictures made people feel 11% better. Wow. That’s dramatic!

• Munch on some nuts or eat some salmon. Both have omega 3 fats, which help with depression. A research study at the University of PA showed that those who had high omega 3 levels scored 49-58% better on tests

• Change your environmental scent. An Australian study showed that those who added lavender candles, or put lavender in a diffuser were less anxious, calmer and more positive.

• Take a walk around the block. Studies show that those who get more light exposure during the day have fewer sleep concerns and lower depression.

Try any one of these four simple tips this week and enhance your mood. Remember you can control your happiness level, and your intention can change your impression of life.

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