Want to Be Happier? It’s Actually Easier than Most People Think

For someone suffering from major depressive disorder, psychotherapy or medication may be the only effective options for treating this condition. But if you’re just feeling down and wish there was something you could do to boost your mood, you’ll be happy to know that there are actually quite a few different strategies that can work. Since everyone is different, the best thing you can do is try multiple approaches and see which one if the right fit for you. To see what may work for you, here are five different things to try:

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Swap Reading for Watching TV

At first, sitting down after a long day at work to watch TV may seem like the ideal way to relax. However, the reason TV probably isn’t going to make you happier is it doesn’t engage your brain at all. With reading, even though it’s a very enjoyable activity, it still keeps your brain active. As a result, it can give you a sense of accomplishment that makes you feel very good about what you’re doing.

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Aromatherapy

Some people enjoy engaging in this process on a daily basis, while others like to save it for times when they feel stressed out. Regardless of which option you choose, one of the nice things about boosting your mood through aromatherapy is it’s quite easy to get started. The only two things you need are essential oils like thyme and a Pax by Ploom vaporizer. While it’s not the only model on the market, Pax vaporizers are generally regarded as the best option for aromatherapy beginners. Portability, great battery life and fast heating up are just a few of the great features of the Pax by Ploom.

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Start Writing

You don’t have to be an aspiring novelist to benefit from writing on a regular basis. One of the reasons writing can make you happier is it gives you an outlet to express how you really feel about things. Another benefit is when you put something down in writing, it gives you an opportunity to really evaluate it. Over time, seeing all of the good things in your life can really give you a deeper appreciation for them.

If you’re interested in this option, the one question you may have is where you should write. In all honesty, there really isn’t a “correct” answer to that question. Instead, it all comes down to your personal preferences. For some people, a public blog written under their real name is going to be the right fit. For others, a private blog or journal app on their phone will work best. And for others, going the traditional route of a pen and notebook will provide the most value.

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Work Up a Sweat

Exercise has been scientifically proven to boost happiness by releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins. Working up a sweat also has other positive effects that can make you feel better immediately after you finish, as well as for a sustained amount of time. Even when they don’t realize that exercising can boost their mood, most people are aware that working out is good for their health. However, a large percentage of people who know they should work out never do.

The most common reason people don’t exercise is because they don’t like going to the gym. As a result, they can’t get motivated to go hit the treadmill or weight machines. If you’re in the same position, you’ll be happy to know that working up a sweat doesn’t have to involve a gym. Instead, find any physical activity you enjoy and do it on a regular basis. In fact, not working out in a gym means you’ll get the added benefit of taking in fresh air throughout your exercise.

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Get Organized

If you’ve got too much stuff around your house or too many tasks on your to-do list, it’s time to start knocking them out. Getting both mental and physical clutter cleared out of your life will give you a sense of clarity and make it easier to focus on the things you truly care about.

Because they may not seem like major changes or additions to your daily life, it’s completely normal to be skeptical about the effectiveness of the options we just went over. However, because they are all fairly low commitment, there’s no reason not to try them. Instead, it’s definitely worth the small amount of time to see the impact they’ll have on how you feel. And more than likely, once you give them a chance, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the positive impact they have on your happiness!

Albert Frankenberg is a therapist who helps people that are suffering from the disease of depression. Albert prefers natural and holistic remedies as opposed to traditional medical treatment. i.e. taking antidepressants or other drugs. Albert is a firm believer that people can live happier fuller lives without the aid of drugs.

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