By oldhamdei76735407, Aug 19 2016 02:41PM
According to the results, participants' happiness levels go down from their twenties to fifties, where happiness levels tend to reach an all time low. After the early fifties however, the happiness levels went up rather quickly.
It isn't surprising that happiness is the lowest during someone's early fifties. That age is typically when people start to seriously think about retirement and when many people are trying to figure out how to pay for their children's college tuition. It's also when people may have to start thinking about care for their aging parents.
According to Nielsen, there is "scientific evidence that people get happier as they get older. While there are differing theories as to why this is, most agree that it is an acceptance of aging that promotes contentedness. Logically, this acceptance is more apt to happen with older people."
That's great that happiness typically gets higher when you get older, but what if you want to try to improve your happiness before you reach your 60's? Luckily there are several things you can do.
It's been scientifically proven that exercise helps boost peoples moods. A study cited in the book "The Happiness Advantage" by Shawn Achor shows that people that just use medication to treat depression relapse in their depression 38% of the time. People that exercised as treatment only relapsed 9% of the time. Exercise helps lift the mood in various ways. One way that it helps is that it improves your self esteem about your appearance. Exercise also releases endorphins which help to boost the mood.
The next thing to do to boost happiness is get a good nights sleep. We spend approximately one third of our lives sleeping so it's important we make the most of it. Afternoon naps are a great mood booster if you have the opportunity. Unfortunately most of us don't have the chance for a nap, so try to sleep as much as you can at night.
3. Put Down Your Phone
When you wake up in the morning or get up from your nap don't pick up your phone. Ramani Durvasula, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at California State University in Los Angeles explains, "It's likely that people spending more time on devices have less frequent contact with live social networks, and may be more vulnerable to social comparison that leaves them with a sense of emptiness. And anxiety may be due to the 'I don't want to miss out on anything' effect - seeing everyone else's social calendar makes it difficult to stay present in their own lives."
Even Aristotle preached moderation in all things. Cell phone and technology are no exception. Excessive use of even the best technologies reduces our happiness in meaningful ways.
4. Be Social
Dan Gilbert, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University writes: "We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends."
5. Go Outside
In "The Happiness Advantage", Shawn Achor writes that spending 20 minutes outside in nice weather boosts the mood, broadens things, and improves memory.
A study by The London School of Economics and Political Science shows that people are more happy in natural outdoor environments than in urban settings.
And in yet another study, the American Meteorological Society found that happiness is maximized at 52 degrees.
It's been shown that meditation helps improve focus, clarity, attention span, calmness, and happiness. A study from the Massachusetts General Hospital revealed that after eight weeks of meditating, the parts of the participants' brains associated with compassion and self-awareness grew and the parts associated with stress shrank.
7. Be Thankful
Practicing gratitude has been shown to increase happiness. Consciously focusing on things that you are thankful for has emotional benefits. Keep a journal of things you are grateful for or write them on a piece of paper and put them in a jar so you can see them when you are feeling down.
8. Spend Time With Your Faith
You don't have to be religious to be happy, but if you do have theological leanings you should explore them. People that actively practice their faith are, on average, happier than non-practicing people with a religion or people we are non-religious.
9. Buy Experiences, Not Thing
Don't buy fancy toys and gadgets looking for happiness. If you're going to spend your money on a big purchase go on a trip and experience a different culture in a different part of the world.
In a 75-year long study conducted by Harvard University, it was concluded "Love is really all that matters for humans to be happy." Love the universe, love other humans, love yourself. Smile at a stranger on the street. Try not to be hasty in your judgement of other people.