Looking for ways to boost your happy hormones as you transition from the summer season to fall? It’s true that how you feel can contribute to whether or not you’re able to navigate through your everyday activities, relationships and responsibilities. And allowing yourself to feel the range of emotions (both positive and negative) that we, as humans, experience is key to being your best self. But sometimes you’re just looking for a happiness boost and there are plenty of ways to give yourself that mental jumpstart!

  1. Go see a friend or loved one who makes you smile. Smiling is a simple yet powerful way to brighten your mood.
  2. Go for a walk. Take a few minutes to go for a walk to clear your mind. Exposure to natural sunlight is a real mood booster, and can provide a sense of calming and well being.
  3. Pump up the jams. The right music can improve your mood, improve brain function, increase happiness, inspire new ideas and more.
  4. Move your body. Exercise is good for both your physical and mental health – a true win/win.
  5. Avoid comparison. “Comparison is the thief of joy” — so if you find yourself comparing your life to someone else’s, channel that energy into being the best, most authentic version of yourself.
  6. Be grateful. In the same vein, practicing gratitude can help you gain perspective and focus your energy in the right places.
  7. Celebrate! Whether large or small, it’s imperative that we celebrate accomplishments — this opens up space to feel proud, and pride boosts happiness.
  8. Do something you love. What are you passionate about? What energizes and engages you? These are the things you should make time to do and explore.
  9. Live in the now. Learning from the past and planning for the future are important, but being present is the only way to truly experience your life fully and savor the gift of now.
  10. Perform a random act of kindness. Doing something nice for someone else, whether it be preparing a meal for a lonely neighbor, pet-sitting for a friend or giving out an unexpected compliment, can boost happiness and lead to a more fulfilled life.
  11. Savor life’s pleasures. When you slow down and pay attention to the little things that keep you happy throughout your day — that morning cup of coffee, walking your dog, enjoying a 10-minute stretch — you’ll find that simple pleasures lead to a happier life.
Happiness is essential to living your healthiest life, and creating new habits to find your happiness can be a complete game changer!

Happiness Hacks to Try Today