Once again Denmark comes out on top as being home to the happiest people in the world. According to new research, the reason behind their happiness has to do with their genetics. They have a certain version of a gene that influences brain levels of the mood chemical serotonin. But if your DNA is far from being Danish, don't worry — there's still hope. Try these 10 easy things that have been scientifically proven to make you happier.
1. Collect New Life Experiences, Not Material Things
You might think that it's up to someone's preferences whether a new car or a summer getaway makes them happier, but it's scientific fact that a new experience like a vacation will make someone happier.
2. Play Up Your Strengths At Work
It's tough to find happiness at your job if you're not doing exactly what you love to do. But a study shows that if you use what you're good at during work hours then it will help foster a more positive experience.
3. Exercise For At Least 20 Minutes
You may already know that exercise releases endorphins which makes you happier, but a book called "The First 20 minutes" explains that just 20 minutes of exercise gives the most health benefits. Done.
4. Become A Morning Person
Many night owls may groan about this, but more sleep alone won't make you happier. Getting up early enough to get the worm will — and it'll boost your immune system, according to study published in the journal of Emotion.
5. Get Married — And Stay Married
It's a big life decision, but once you're in a healthy relationship and make the leap it can help prevent decreases in happiness, according to a study from Michigan State University.
6. Let Loose With Some Sex And Alcohol
You may be surprised (or not at all) but a study from University of Canterbury looking at the activities bringing people the most joy found that sex and alcohol were at the top the list.
7. Ditch The Defeatist Attitude
It's hard, but a study by Vaillant found that facing a challenge with a positive perspective makes you more joyful. Make lemonade when life gives you lemons!
8. Try To Have Some Self-Control
Turns out, people who don't indulge in their every whim are happier for it , according to a study from University of Chicago.
9. Unplug From Technology And Go Outside
Sometimes it's hard to not binge watch Netflix all day and stay inside, but it's scientifically proven that people who enjoy the outdoors are happier. So go out and let the sun hit your pretty face!
Interested in improving your mental health and happiness? It's time to find a cause and give back! Researchers found that volunteering lowers risk of death, depression and increases life satisfaction and well-being.