How science says you can get happy – International Day of Happiness 2018

Today marks the 2018 International Day of Happiness, which aims to inspire individuals to share happiness with others. To help boost joy for ourselves and those around us, we round up what recent research has said about optimizing our chances for happiness.

Spend wisely

A study found that buying yourself more time, brings greater life satisfaction. Splashing out on material possessions may not be the best way to bring happiness. by employing a housecleaner for example, brings greater life satisfaction.

Stay social

Staying social is one of the key ways to stay happier as we age. After looking at 15,000 people aged 60 and over, researchers found that taking part in social activities such as going to the cinema, being a member of a sports club … etc., was one of the most effective ways of boosting feelings of happiness and well-being, as well as overall health.

Keep moving

A minimal level of exercise could boost happiness, even when you feel like you’re not even working out. The study of more than 10,000 participants found that even light to moderate activity such as walking improved mood and emotional well-being, regardless of their baseline level of happiness.

Book a holiday

Travel can bring more happiness than a new job, getting engaged, or even one’s wedding day, according to a global survey of 17,000 people carried out by booking.com, the findings showed that even just planning a trip can boost happy feelings.

Reduce screen time

People who spend a large amount of time on their smartphone are more likely to report being unhappy than those who spend more time doing non-screen activities, pending time with friends or play sports. A Danish study by the Happiness Research Institute found that giving up Facebook for just a week led to an increase in feelings of happiness and life satisfaction.