5 Steps to Achieve a Happier Lifestyle

Carolina Pelzer

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1. Smile

Photo: Nikos Koutoulas / Flickr
Photo: Nikos Koutoulas / Flickr

Smiling has positive effects on your mood, decreases stress levels, helps to control anxiety and make people around you feel better. It releases endorphins, a substance that makes you feel happy.

Studies suggest that only by just seeing a person smile, the brain cells automatically activate a facial movement as response, leading to a grin.

2. Drink More Water

Photo: Greg Riegler / Flickr
Photo: Greg Riegler / Flickr

There are so many reasons why you should start drinking water. It increases energy levels, relieves fatigue, supports weight loss, flushes out bad toxins, improves skin complexion and boosts the immune system. Do you need any more reasons?!

3. Take Your Dog (or Cat) For a Walk

Photo: Phil Hearing / Flickr
Photo: Phil Hearing / Flickr

Pets are great companions, in fact exercising with your pet helps to improve your social life as you meet other pet owners. It also helps to control weight and your level of fitness.

4. Burn Calories

Photo: Dave Rosenblum/ Flickr
Photo: Dave Rosenblum / Flickr

When you burn calories the serotonin level on your body automatically goes up. Serotonin popular known as the “happy hormone” has a huge influence on human emotions, mood, memory, cravings, self-esteem, sleep habits and appetite. So, it is very important to always do things that trigger this important brain chemical and burning calories is one of the effective ways to do it.

5. Dance

Photo: Vdrg Dansschool / Flickr
Photo: Vdrg Dansschool / Flickr

Dancing is one of the best social activities, because it helps you socialize and burn calories at the same time. Physical activities such as dancing reduce tension and help the sense of wellbeing.

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Carolina Pelzer