3 ways to increase your happiness set point
Each of us has own own "Happiness set point", which is just our natural, everyday mood before being stressed out or excited by our daily events. Do you know what your happiness set point is? To find out, ask yourself, do you just walk around the world feeling a bit gloomy, or do you usually seem to be positive? This daily, regular experience is your happiness set point and all other emotions deviate, either positively or negatively, from this point.
Now wouldn’t it be great if you could shift your set point to be a little more positive? Well, good news. You can. Below are 3 ways to create powerful changes in your body that help you shift your set point upward, boosting your mood. With improved mood, not only is life more enjoyable, you'll have an easier time engaging in other happiness-increasing activities.
1. GET 8 HOURS OF SLEEP
One way to adjust set point is to get more sleep. Not too much, but about 8 hours. You’ve probably heard that sleep has many positive benefits for our health, but getting enough sleep also helps us better manage our emotions. When we get enough sleep, we can better handle the ups and own of our daily lives, ensuring that our mood stays elevated.
2. WATCH YOUR NUTRITION
Like sleep, you’ve likely heard that good nutrition is essential for our physical health. But nutrition also effects our happiness. You see, certain foods, namely caffeine, affect your body in ways that can increase anxiety and harm sleep. So to maintain your happiness set point, try not to drink so much coffee and soda. Eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies, and try to avoid excess sugar.
3. EXERCISE REGULARLY
Exercise is commonly applauded for its positive impacts on disease an overall health, but exercise has also been reliably shown to prevent and treat mental health issues. Both aerobic exercise and weight training have been found to boost mood and to be effective in maintaining an overall higher happiness set point. Keep in mind that higher intensity workouts appear to have the most benefit.
When we want to increase our happiness, it's helpful to keep in mind our happiness set point. If we shift is upwards, then increasing our happiness becomes a lot easier. So try these tricks out and see if you wake up every day a bit happier.
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