Make your­self hap­pier right now

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Take a trip into na­ture

Peo­ple with reg­u­lar ac­cess to na­ture have a lower risk of stress or de­pres­sion, ac­cord­ing to re­search from the Univer­sity of Exeter. If you’re in the 14% of peo­ple in Eng­land that don’t have ac­cess to wood­lands within 500m of home take a lunchtime walk or run in na­ture. If you don’t have time, look at in­spir­ing im­ages of the great out­doors on your screen: re­search from the Univer­sity of Min­nesota found this stim­u­lates parts of the brain as­so­ci­ated with hap­pi­ness and pos­i­tiv­ity.

Get into the groove

Turn­ing up the vol­ume on your favourite tunes can help re­duce stress and anx­i­ety al­most in­stantly, as well as low­er­ing your heart rate and blood pres­sure, ac­cord­ing to re­search from Monash Univer­sity in Aus­tralia. What’s more, play­ing a feel­good track and telling your­self that it’s go­ing to make you feel bet­ter – and then fo­cus­ing on how the mu­sic is mak­ing you feel – gives you an even greater mood boost, ac­cord­ing to the Jour­nal Of Pos­i­tive Psy­chol­ogy.

Vol­un­teer your time

It’s bet­ter to give than re­ceive, and spend­ing some time or money on a good cause lifts your mood. A char­i­ta­ble act lights up the same area of the brain as­so­ci­ated with the plea­sure we get from food and sex, ac­cord­ing to a brain scan study by Chicago Univer­sity, while re­search from the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia found hap­pi­ness lev­els in­creased in sub­jects who gave away money that had been given to them. Those who spent it on them­selves showed no change in emo­tion.

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