More and more research shows that boosting happiness may add years to your life and improve immunity. There's no better time than the sunny summer months to make some new happiness habits.
Step one: Laugh! “We laugh when we are happy, and research shows we are happy when we laugh," says Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph. D, a psychologist (she’s Shaquille O’Neal’s happiness coach), and author of A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness. "Spend time with people who make you laugh, watch funny movies, or even just laugh at nothing at all. You will feel happier and make those around you happier too,” she says.
More simple happiness boosters:
1. Do something silly like blowing bubbles: “It's fun, makes us feel like kids, and requires deep breathing, which reduces stress and increases happiness,” Lombardo says.
2. Get outdoors and be adventurous: Research shows that being in nature can reduce stress, and being active and trying something new boosts your happiness, Lombardo says.
3. While you're being adventurous, play some great tunes! “Music is a powerful way to change your mood, so develop a playlist that motivates and energizes you.” (Check out this happiness-inducing, summer playlist to get you started).