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Did you know that life circumstances only account for 10% of happiness, our genetic "set point" accounts for 50% of happiness and the other 40% of happiness is influenced by what we deliberately do every day to make ourselves happy? I had no idea. Luckily my daughter Morganne was born with a very high happiness set point, so she doesn't have to work very hard to feel better on a lousy day. For most of us it is important to realize how much control we have over our level of happiness. No matter how we were born or our life circumstances, we still have a lot of power when it comes to our daily choices. You can consistently choose activities that will improve your level of happiness. Something I do almost every single day is take a walk outside. Nature and the environment melt my stress away and clear my mind. It always makes me feel better. It is my instant happiness boost and mini meditation for the day. Here are some other activities you can do on a daily basis.
Clear away the clutter
I don't know about you, but piles of papers and junk just add to my stress and anxiety. Start by straightening up the areas where you spend the most time. For me this would be my office and kitchen. Make sure you have a chunk of time available and get to work. Even if you spend twenty minutes a day, you will feel happier and more in control.
Inhale a calming scent
There have been numerous studies on the effects of scents and mood. Research has shown that two scents in particular, orange and lavender, can make you feel less anxious, more positive and calmer. So add a couple of drops to oil or a diffuser and smell away! I spray some lavender on my pillow before bed and it instantly calms me.
Do a good deed
The quickest way to boost your happiness level is to do something kind for someone else. Volunteering simply boosts your happiness because it increases empathy which helps you appreciate all the good you have in your own life. These can be small daily kind acts or regular consistent volunteer efforts.