Your 3-Day Happiness Plan
What’s the secret to feeling better? Try doing these for three days to bring more joy into your life
Exercise during your lunch break, why not? Studies show that on the days when people do this, they’re significantly happier upon returning to work. They also feel more satisfied at the end of the day. This method is effective for any day of the week, but you might find it particularly useful on Wednesdays (midweek is the time when most people’s mood hits the lowest point because it’s the furthest away from either weekend). If you’re working in the Raffles Place area, head over to The Yoga School for a lunchtime yoga or Pilates class – you’ll feel so good after!
Bonus benefit: Exercise releases endorphins which put you in a more positive headspace, enabling you to perform better at work too. The same study found that a mid-workday workout increased productivity and time-management skills, plus improved communication between colleagues.
Be present. On average, we spend 47 per cent of our waking hours thinking about something other than what we’re doing and experts say it comes at an emotional cost: unhappiness. So how do we stay focused? Quick tip: turn your phone to silent – even if you’re not interacting with your device, smart phone notifications (like vibrations and dings), cause just as much distraction as taking a call or replying to a text when you’re trying to concentrate say US researchers.
Bonus benefit: Staying focused also keeps you safer on the roads – not only is the distraction that’s caused by a phone notification comparable to texting while driving, talking hands-free when you’re at the wheel, creates a similar level of impairment as driving drunk. Practice safety and switch your phone to silent so that you can focus fully on the road.
Make someone else smile. Doing something kind for another person is a proven way to boost your own happiness levels. Set yourself a concrete goal such as “I’m going to bring a smile to my co-worker today”, as opposed to something generic like “I’m going to make someone happy today”. This works better because the more specific your goal is, the more likely you’ll be able to make it happen.
Bonus benefit: Success at benevolent tasks equals happiness. As well as feeling happier yourself, making an effort to perform random acts of kindness also has relationship benefits. According to a Canadian study, people who regularly do nice things for others report better satisfaction in their relationships.