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3 simple things you can try out and improve your mood in 12 minutes !!

We all have our share of bad days in life. We wish sometimes every single day could give us nothing but just happiness. Thing is, no matter what you do to try and stay cheerful and happy, sometimes life just puts you down without any second thoughts. You rise up somehow, life does it again and again, and eventually, you just give up. Next thing you know, your laying in bed without any intention of getting up and probably plan on not doing anything but just drown in your misery. 

You take up all forms of activities that are unhealthy. You start stuffing yourselves will the all possible junk food there is, you start binge-watching television series for hours, you sleep more than you used to, you browse through social media by blankly just scrolling down through your feeds not knowing even why you were doing it for 40 minutes straight. 

Does it make you feel good, not exactly but it sure doesn’t seem to make you upset or depressed anyway? So you keep going with this routine every day wishing that someday you would change. Maybe its time you change this lifestyle of yours, for your own good that is. This little article may bring you back on your feet. It wouldn’t take much of your time. Take a look

Researchers conducted this study and found out a simple solution to make yourself better not by making yourself better but by focusing on ways of making others around you feel better. (That wasn’t a typo error.)

3 things you can try out to become happier !!

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3 things you can try out to become happier !!

According to one researcher, Douglas Gentile, professor of psychology, walking around and offering kindness to others in the world decreases anxiety and increases happiness and feelings of social connection. It is a simple strategy that really doesn’t take a lot of time and can be incorporated into a person’s daily activities. Here’s what the researchers tested and found out with the help of a few volunteers who walked for 12 minutes and tried a few positive things.

Loving-Kindness: By Looking at the people you come across, try thinking to yourselves something like, ”I wish for this person to be happy.” And try really meaning it even it was just a simple thought.

Inter-connectedness: Try looking at people and think about how you may be connected to the other. It was suggested that students could think about the hopes and feelings they may share with that person or even something like, how both of them may be taking a similar class.

Downward Social Comparison: Try looking at the people you see and think to yourselves of how your life was comparatively much better off than each of the people you’ve encountered. 

Love and Kindness Wins

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Love and Kindness Wins

Researchers found out that the individuals who practiced loving-kindness or wished others well felt happier, more connected, caring and empathetic, as well as less anxious

According to a researcher, this simple practice was valuable regardless of the individual’s personality type. Extending loving-kindness to others could also work equally well to decrease anxiety, increase happiness, empathy and even feelings of social connection.

The researcher concluded that comparison works really well when people are in the process of learning something or making a choice. In his words,” For example, as children, we all learn by watching others and comparing their results to ours. However, when it comes to well being, the comparison was not as effective as loving-kindness, which consistently improves happiness.”

The point of this article is to understand that as you compare yourselves or your life with someone, learn to find joy in seeing other’s happiness even when you’re in the quest of looking for your own. If you can smile seeing a child laugh, then without a doubt your definitely the person who finds joy in others happiness. Try using that more with people from time to time. 

Also,  finding peace in yourself knowing that there are many others whose lives are harder than yours is not you being selfish or heartless. This sudden realization is what you were missing the whole time. It just makes you realize how lucky you are to have all the wonderful things and people in life that many unfortunate people out there are craving for. Instead of worrying about things you don’t have count all your blessings from time to time. This alone can give you the much-needed peace you longed for.

The study was carried out by researchers Douglas A Gentile, Dawn M.Sweet and Lanmaio He from the Iowa State University.