It’s easy to think that luxurious things like money, a car, etc can bring happiness to your life, well it does to some extent but the truth of the matter is that counting your blessing and practicing gratitude makes you happier and in peace.
Here are 5 things that make you happier.
1. Practice Daily Gratitude
Expressing gratitude has been shown to do more than improve your mood. People who write down a few positive things about their day are healthier, more energetic, less stressed and anxious, and get better sleep.
2) Surround Yourself With Positive People
Happiness is contagious. A landmark study found that living within a mile of a happy person boosts your happiness by 25%.
If you’re feeling down, reach out to a friend who generally has a more positive attitude.
3) Practice Regular Acts of Kindness
Research has shown that spending money on others makes us happier than spending money on ourselves and doing small acts of kindness increases life satisfaction.5 Even the smallest nice gesture can make someone’s day.
4) Spend More Time With Family and Friends
Friendships can be one of the keys to longevity. One study found that low social interaction—and in turn, loneliness—can be as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is twice as bad for your health as obesity.
5) Invest in Experiences, Not Objects
Research shows people report feeling happier when they spend their money on experiences rather than objects.
We remember experiences for a longer period and our brains can re-live them, making our positive emotions last longer.