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311 Scientifically Proven Happiness Facts (Sorted & Categorized)

There’s a lot of misinformation spread across the internet about happiness. That’s why we’ve made it our goal to only focus on the facts. Here’s the biggest collection of happiness facts available online.

This page currently consists of 311 happiness facts across 18 categories. We’ve analyzed 284 studies, journals, and reports across 87 publications. Each happiness fact is backed with a link to the scientific study that supports it. This page is updated every month with the latest facts.

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35 facts about happiness in general

#1 Laughing improves wellbeing and mood, but it also increases endorphins and your pain threshold.
#2 A sad mood may influence your memory and ability to recognize emotion-related facial expressions in others
#3 A positive mood has been shown to improve your capacity to learn and helps you perform better than if you were in even a “neutral mood”.
#4 Research suggests that happiness and other good vibes are extremely contagious.
#5 Some people are born with personalities capable of creating an ‘affective reserve.’ These people are able to use this reserve of happiness to cope better with life’s difficulties.
#6 Happiness is higher among people with access to financial resources and social support.
#7 Mental health is the strongest indicator of happiness.
#8 A person can still find ways to be happy even if their most basic needs are fulfilled only partially.
#9 Children find happiness in self-fulfillment through activities and hobbies, and relationships.
#10 While younger people are more likely to associate happiness with excitement, older people are more likely to associate happiness with peacefulness.
#11 There’s a correlation between the ability to laugh at yourself and being a positive and happy person.
#12 People often mispredict how much an anticipated event actually makes them happy.
#13 Happiness can effectively spread through your social ties such as your friends, family, and neighbors.
#14 A positive mindset can be triggered, and more importantly, a positive mindset initiates more creativity and an urge to “play ball”.
#15 Friendship variables accounted for 58% of the variance in people’s happiness.
#16 People who are encouraged to think of things they’re grateful for are approximately 10% happier than those who are not.
#17 Education seems to affect happiness through income: the higher the education level, the higher the income.
#18 A study of 217 identical twins and 114 fraternal twins found that DNA was responsible for 39% to 58% of our happiness.
#19 A sense of inner peace is a dimension of durable and lasting happiness.
#20 Research shows that genetic factors count for 35-50% of our happiness. It is believed that most of this effect comes from genes that code mood and emotional regulation.
#21 While happiness isn’t localized in the brain – meaning there is no specific brain area related to happiness – areas and neurotransmitters related to mood regulation play an important role in our overall happiness levels.
#22 Hormonal balance is important for happiness. Higher levels of hormones like oxytocin, which is related to social bonding, make us happier, while higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol diminish our happiness.
#23 Out of all words, the word “Love” is most associated with the word “Happiness”.
#24 Adaptive and effective emotion regulation strategies have been found to be positively correlated with subjective well-being and happiness.
#25 Pre and post-holiday happiness is the same regardless of the length of the trip.
#26 89% of people think that happiness can be controlled.
#27 People who think that happiness can be controlled are 32% happier on average.
#28 Spending money on others promotes happiness more than spending money on oneself.
#29 Frequent smiling only makes you happier if you believe that a smile reflects happiness.
#30 Creativity on one day predicted happiness on the next.
#31 When we’re focused on happiness as a destination, we end up feeling like we have less time to enjoy it.
#32 People are typically happier planning vacations than after going on them.
#33 Happier individuals tend to be healthier and live longer lives.
#34 Psychological well-being, emotional self-efficacy, affect balance and self-esteem explain 51% of the total variance of happiness.
#35 The old adage about money not buying happiness is only true if you already have enough of it; for others, financial security is an important contributor to happiness.

79 facts about behavior and happiness

#36 A lack of organization increases cortisol levels and negatively impacts your mood.
#37 Having success while doing a puzzle releases dopamine in the brain.
#38 People respond with much more happiness to receiving flowers than other thank you gifts.
#39 Individuals who prioritize honesty and integrity have healthier and longer lifespans.
#40 People who are in a more organized environment are more likely to choose healthier snacks than those in a disorganized environment.
#41 A lack of organization increases cortisol levels and negatively impacts your mood.
#42 Routines in life help manage stress and anxiety.
#43 Planning each day the night before increases productivity and frees up time.
#44 Those who choose to focus on the good adapt better to stressful situations.
#45 Those who expect good outcomes in life are less likely to pass away, especially from a cardiovascular cause.
#46 Focusing on the positive can lead to a stronger immunity.
#47 Having structured routines can have a significant positive impact on your mental health, including improving bipolar disorder and preventing substance abuse.
#48 Routine helps to make life feel more predictable, stable, and controllable, which can give a calming and anxiety-reducing effect.
#49 People who lack structure in their life may be more likely to suffer from stress, poor sleep, poor eating, worsened physical condition and procrastination.
#50 Having a good routine can improve your quality of rest, which in turn can positively affect your mental sharpness, performance, emotional well-being, and energy level.
#51 Self-discipline has a stronger effect on academic performance than IQ.
#52 Self-discipline and motivation are the only predictors of success in an online psychology course.
#53 Lower self-control is related to unhealthy coping mechanisms, which in turn causes worse health outcomes.
#54 Self‐control positively contributes to happiness through avoiding and dealing with motivational conflict.
#55 College students who based their self-worth on external sources, such as appearance and approval from others, have higher levels of drug and alcohol use.
#56 People who have identified the things they’re good at and actively pursue them experience more positive emotions, increased engagement, and higher levels of well-being.
#57 Self-efficacy is proven to predict happiness and positive thinking in adolescents, an age group that is notorious for their lack of optimism.
#58 University students with high levels of self-efficacy are more likely to adopt a deep and strategic approach to studying, which will lead to improved results.
#59 Sufficient rest and being “unplugged” is crucial to your health.
#60 Elderly couples who give practical support to others have a decreased risk of dying.
#61 Older people who volunteer have reduced risk of dementia and fewer cognitive problems.
#62 Our thoughts about the future are based on past experiences, but it’s important to let go of the past to make room for new possibilities.
#63 Positive reminiscence evokes positive emotions that have a restorative and protective effect on our brain in the face of stress.
#64 Researchers have confirmed that crying releases feel-good chemicals such as oxytocin that ease emotional and physical pain.
#65 People with an internal locus of control perform better academically and are more effective learners, and are more resistant to stress.
#66 Positive self-talk has been regarded as a “skill” that can change even young children’s perspectives and impact how they deal with circumstances that involve themselves and others.
#67 A 2011 study revealed that consumerism is linked to lower well-being.
#68 Creativity, hobbies, and other leisure activities have been shown in studies to improve general wellbeing.
#69 The ability to laugh at yourself predicts a number of very positive character traits.
#70 Learning to accept yourself leads to lower levels of depression and perfectionism.
#71 When people are offered a reward of some kind, which they are then denied, their desire to get the reward increases.
#72 Rushed decisions lead to regret more often.
#73 There might be a link between a country’s happiness and its sustainability rankings.
#74 Practicing gratitude predicts greater sleep quality and sleep duration, and less sleep latency and daytime dysfunction.
#75 A 2014 study among university students found a significant relationship between creativity and subjective, emotional, psychological, and social well-being.
#76 People with creative occupations like town planners, architects, and graphic designers showed higher levels of well-being compared to those with non-creative professions like bankers, insurance agents, and accountants.
#77 People are more creative on days when they experienced more positive emotions.
#78 People perform better in a creativity task when they are in an experimentally induced positive mood.
#79 A 2010 study found a significant correlation between self-awareness and well-being in mental health professionals.
#80 Being too compassionate to others is not good. Spending too much of your own energy on others can result in stress.
#81 People who are encouraged to think of things they’re grateful for are approximately 10% happier than those who are not.
#82 Thinking back on past memories that you like is a great way to be happy.
#83 Positive psychology interventions significantly enhance well-being and decrease depressive symptoms.
#84 Internal locus of control has been found to be positively correlated with happiness.
#85 People who identify as minimalists report positive changes to different aspects of their lives such as autonomy, competence, mental space, awareness, and positive emotions.
#86 Clutter affects the visual cortex which causes the other regions of the brain to struggle in focusing and processing information.
#87 Self-help books are effective at helping us learn new life skills, like assertiveness, problem-solving and even tidiness.
#88 Positive self-talk and visualization results in experiencing significantly fewer intrusive negative thoughts.
#89 An experiment studied the difference between participants instructed to tell the truth and others with no such instruction. Those who avoided lies found that their mental health, physical health and relationships were significantly improved.
#90 Practicing self-soothing self-talk reduces shame and skin complaints in people suffering from acne.
#91 Look back on photos or other media that remind you of good times is an effective way to self-soothe.
#92 The act of power posing – adopting open, expansive poses that signal power – for only 1 minute decreases the stress hormone cortisol and increases feelings of power and tolerance for risk.
#93 Increased patience can alleviate depression.
#94 A 2017 study found a significant positive correlation between assertive behavior and self-esteem in adolescents.
#95 Resilience can lead to favorable psychological and treatment-related outcomes in cancer patients.
#96 A 2010 study conducted on a sample of athletes showed that resilience was positively associated with sport achievement and psychological well-being.
#97 People with higher levels of resilience report significantly higher levels of life satisfaction and lower levels of depression.
#98 A 2010 study found that people tend to consume media that matches their mood.
#99 Lonely people receive a mood boost from watching lonely characters on TV because this allows them to engage in self-enhancing downward social comparisons.
#100 Watching a good comedy can have an even greater mood-lifting and anxiety-lowering effect than exercise.
#101 Simply following the news on social media can trigger secondary traumatic stress in anyone.
#102 People who were asked to ruminate on the good things that happened to them were healthier and happier, would sleep better, and even engage in exercise more.
#103 Self-reflection is a significant predictor of personal growth, which is a dimension of psychological well-being.
#104 Meaningful self-reflection can boost happiness levels.
#105 Our facial expressions can have a small impact on our feelings and mental state, but the effect isn’t big enough to facilitate a meaningful and lasting change in our happiness levels.
#106 Being creative can increase your happiness on a day-to-day basis, and in the long term.
#107 People who volunteer consistently report to be healthier both physically and mentally than those who do not.
#108 A 2010 study found a significant correlation between self-awareness and well-being in mental health professionals.
#109 Optimism is strongly related to both self-esteem and happiness.
#110 Developing personal responsibility positively contributes to one’s well-being, self-esteem, and psychological health by empowering individuals to take ownership over behaviors and actions.
#111 Individuals with a greater internal locus of control have higher self-confidence and are more resistant to stress.
#112 How positively you identify yourself, especially relative to others, significantly impacts your performance.
#113 Adolescents with chronic pain report better mental health, less pain, and a higher quality of life after intentionally looking on the bright side.
#114 The more you think about something, the less satisfied you are with your choice in the end.

22 facts about mental traits and happiness

#115 Dishonesty results in increased cortisol reactivity. And consequently, your blood pressure and heart rate will increase.
#116 People who experience higher fear of failure also report greater shame upon a perceived failure experience.
#117 The fear of experiencing shame and embarrassment plays a central role in the relationship between perfectionism and fear of failure.
#118 Research on sociotropy has shown that sociotropic people have a higher risk of depression and social anxiety disorder.
#119 Worrying is associated with several mental health disorders and is detrimental to your physical health.
#120 Those who worry more about the health of their family and friends are more likely to experience depression and higher stress levels.
#121 Dwelling on our past mistakes can negatively affect our present behavior.
#122 Higher levels of rumination are associated with a greater likelihood of experiencing both a current depressive episode and a past history of depressive episodes.
#123 A 2012 review found that there is a relationship between ruminative thinking and impaired physical health.
#124 Negative self-talk predicted loneliness, especially if it involves a socially threatening mentality.
#125 Repetitive feelings of regret are linked to anxiety and depression disorders.
#126 Ruminating over negative thoughts is associated with volume reductions in brain areas that are related to cognitive control processes.
#127 A 2012 review found that there is a relationship between ruminative thinking and impaired physical health.
#128 Envious feelings are a strong predictor of worse mental health in the future.
#129 We’re less likely to help others when we’re feeling envious.
#130 Active worrying impairs working memory capacity.
#131 Both worrying and rumination are associated with reduced cognitive control, making it more difficult for high-worriers and high-ruminators to switch between internal representations in working memory.
#132 People who score higher on neuroticism worry more in daily life and generate more worry-related thoughts after being presented with a worry-inducing sentence.
#133 People with chronic disorders like schizophrenia are generally unhappier than healthy people.
#134 36% of young individuals around the world meet the criteria for Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD.)
#135 Excessive worrying is a symptom of anxiety disorder, which affects nearly 20% of the US population every year.
#136 Constant worry and anxiety can also shorten your lifespan, according to a 2018 study.

32 facts about social happiness

#137 Having a well-developed social circle is a predictor of your well-being.
#138 Loneliness has been found to negatively affect the quality of your sleep
#139 Loneliness is associated with an increased risk of depression, anxiety, and reduced cognitive function.
#140 Employees who feel valued in the workplace report higher levels of engagement, satisfaction, and motivation than those who feel underappreciated by their employers.
#141 Expressing gratitude toward an acquaintance makes them more likely to pursue a long-term relationship with you.
#142 Laughing with others strengthens social bonds, bringing you and your friends closer.
#143 If we perceive our treatment from someone as disrespectful, it can lead us to cast a generalized and negative view out into the world.
#144 Maintaining an active friend network can contribute to your overall happiness and strengthen your ability to manage stress.
#145 People look for trustworthiness, honesty, communication and similarity in a friend, while attractiveness and physical proximity (for example, living next door) are less important.
#146 Both women and men expect trust, commitment, loyalty, and genuineness from their friends.
#147 Romantic relationship variables, like relationship length and cohabitation, explained 21% of the variance in life satisfaction, with relationship satisfaction being a significant predictor.
#148 Being in a romantic relationship is associated with increased subjective happiness and reduced gray matter density within the right dorsal striatum.
#149 While people in a relationship are more satisfied with their relationship status, there’s no significant difference in the overall life satisfaction between single people and people in a relationship.
#150 Friendship variables accounted for 58% of the variance in happiness.
#151 Not all friendships are created equal when it comes to happiness: quality trumps quantity, meaning that it’s better to have a few close relationships than many less close ones.
#152 Elders who have been married to the same person for most of their lives are only slightly happier than those who have been single or in various relationships.
#153 Romantic relationship quality accounts for only 3% of the variance in happiness.
#154 Happy people are 59% more likely to associate “Sex” with “Happiness” than unhappy people.
#155 Happy people are 55% more likely to associate the words “Happiness” and “Family” with each other.
#156 Men are 250% more likely to associate sex with happiness than women are, according to our study.
#157 People who are community-oriented experience more positive emotions.
#158 People often get stuck in unsatisfying relationships for reasons like cohabitation, marriage, children and family entanglement.
#159 Experiencing social pain activates neural regions that are also involved in physical pain processing.
#160 When people look at a picture of their ex-partner after a recent break-up, brain areas that support the sensory components of physical pain become active.
#161 Scientists have found that happiness can effectively spread through your social ties such as your friends, family, and neighbors.
#162 In some parts of Europe, up to 40% of people have only one meaningful interaction with friends or family per month.
#163 Happier people are more helpful and willing to put in the work necessary to bring someone else’s mood back up.
#164 People in committed relationships have higher subjective well-being levels.
#165 The number of friends decreases with age, satisfaction with friends was a significant predictor of overall life satisfaction.
#166 Those who converse with others with active listening skills feel more understood and satisfied with their conversations.
#167 People who ask questions, particularly follow-up questions, are liked better by their conversation partners.
#168 Couples who were married and didn’t have a sense of individual identity were more likely to experience decreased stability and decreased satisfaction in their marriage.

21 facts about confidence and happiness

#169 Chronically second-guessing yourself may lead you into an emotional trap where you feel anxious and procrastinate.
#170 Constantly second-guessing yourself can lead to depression and lower your self-esteem.
#171 Revising your initial decision makes it less likely for you to have made the accurate choice.
#172 Building self-esteem results in greater satisfaction, happiness, and fewer negative moods.
#173 Those with high self-esteem suffer less emotional distress when encountering negative feedback from others.
#174 Negative self-talk predicts loneliness, especially if it involves a socially threatening mentality.
#175 The intervention of negative self-talk leads to less anxiety and higher self-confidence, self-optimization, self-efficacy, and performance.
#176 Leaders who perceive themselves to be effective leaders are more likely to demonstrate good leadership.
#177 Harnessing your strengths improves confidence and sense of direction in life.
#178 Research shows that self-assured daughters of feminist women are more likely to voice their opinions and stand up for themselves in their relationships.
#179 Those who are not self-assured frequently doubt their own abilities and worry about their image despite being top achievers.
#180 Self-esteem and confidence usually go hand in hand: research on athletes has shown that people with lower self-esteem have lower self-confidence.
#181 Research has shown that self-confidence and self-esteem rise with age.
#182 Positive self-talk intervention leads to less anxiety and higher self-confidence, self-optimization, self-efficacy, and performance.
#183 Self-acceptance leads to higher self-esteem and general psychological well-being.
#184 There’s a significant positive correlation between assertive behavior and self-esteem in adolescents.
#185 Higher self-confidence predicts happiness, while lower self-confidence predicts higher levels of loneliness.
#186 A 2007 study found that happier people are more confident in their thoughts.
#187 Although there is some evidence that self-esteem is partly regulated by a certain gene, it is mostly affected by environmental factors.
#188 Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been found to be successful in raising self-esteem in different age groups.
#189 People with low self-esteem have a harder time accepting any positive feedback.

13 facts about negativity and happiness

#190 Cynicism has been found in young children. Even young children believe others can act in their own self-interest.
#191 Women who score higher on cynicism are at greater risk of coronary heart disease and have a higher mortality rate.
#192 Those scoring higher on a cynicism questionnaire earn an average of $300 a month less than those scoring lower on cynicism.
#193 If you are rude, then those around you are more likely to be in a negative mood and have lower levels of energy.
#194 If people witness someone do something rude they are less likely to perform well on work-related tasks and they are more likely to avoid the rude person.
#195 Those who tend to see the bad in any given situation are also more likely to have anxiety and depression.
#196 Research indicates a positive association between pessimism and all-cause mortality.
#197 Being judgmental doesn’t only cause us to make wrong assumptions or assessments; it can also negatively affect our mental wellbeing.
#198 Having negative thoughts stuck in your head is associated with a greater likelihood of experiencing both a current depressive episode.
#199 A study from 2018 showed that more negative language in the media led to a significant increase in participants’ mental and physiological issues.
#200 Holding on to resentment makes you feel like whatever bad thing happened to you happened more recently.
#201 If you allow a sense of learned helplessness to linger for too long you are likely to develop depression.
#202 You are prone to experience greater levels of fear and anxiety if you allow learned helplessness to stick around.

10 facts about kindness and happiness

#203 People who are kinder have longer-lasting personal relationships and experience greater levels of happiness and success.
#204 People are more likely to be nice to people who are nice to them.
#205 Your “niceness” is the most important factor when it comes to establishing a serious and committed relationship.
#206 The decision to forgive someone is correlated with greater forgiveness and happiness down the road.
#207 Forgiveness decreases depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress in emotionally abused women.
#208 Making donations to charity activates the reward center of the brain. This suggests that it is inherently rewarding.
#209 Happier people tend to give more. So by becoming happier, you are also becoming a more generous person who will continue to do more good.
#210 93% of people who volunteered the previous year feel happier as a result.
#211 Only 15% of conversations include some form of the words “Thank you”.
#212 Higher compassion is positively related to sustainable shopping behavior.

18 facts about mindfulness and happiness

#213 Individuals who incorporate mindfulness in their lives are able to use healthier coping strategies when encountering stressors and experienced greater well-being.
#214 Increased mindfulness results in fewer mental health issues and improved regulation of an individual’s behavior.
#215 Medical students who do not participate in mindful practices are more likely to experience higher levels of stress and anxiety.
#216 Educators who practice mindfulness are far less likely to experience burnout compared to those who do not incorporate mindfulness practices.
#217 Mindfulness-based therapy is an effective intervention for treating anxiety and mood issues.
#218 Being present in the moment helps to reduce worrying, rumination, and mood issues.
#219 Present-moment awareness is associated with enhanced responses to daily stress and stressful events in the future.
#220 Meditation and mindfulness techniques can offer a helpful way to cope with change, uncertainty, and crisis.
#221 Being fully present for life’s experiences generates positive emotions and improves our psychological health.
#222 Studies have shown the positive effects of mediation, and how those who practice meditation have an improved outlook, and as a result greater self-satisfaction and happiness.
#223 Mindfulness is effective in reducing chronic worry.
#224 Meditation reduces the level of grey matter atrophy in long term meditators.
#225 Meditation has been found to be an effective treatment for sufferers of major depressive disorder (MDD) with an inadequate response to antidepressants.
#226 Implementing breathing-based meditation results in reduced symptoms of PTSD.
#227 Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) improves mind frames and outlooks for a plethora of issues.
#228 Practicing mindfulness is related to greater emotion differentiation and fewer emotional difficulties in young adults.
#229 A short mindfulness intervention can benefit emotion regulation on a neurobiological level – meaning that mindfulness can change how certain areas of the brain work.
#230 If you invest in developing the skill of thinking less you can reduce your stress and stave off anxiety and depression.

9 facts about journaling and happiness

#231 Through months of ‘positive affect journaling’, medical patients showed reduced anxiety and depressive symptoms, and increased resilience.
#232 Journaling has been found to have clinical benefits with patients suffering a range of conditions, from irritable bowel syndrome to lupus.
#233 Journaling is the go-to writing medium when processing emotional hardships.
#234 Expressive writing, especially for those who have undergone traumatic events, has both psychological and physical benefits.
#235 Expressive writing and journaling results in improvements in health and well‐being.
#236 Writing about a distressing event is associated with decreases in distress and perceived burden.
#237 Expressive journaling for 20 minutes a day can lower your depression scores significantly.
#238 Visual journaling can help decrease stress, anxiety and negative affect levels in medical students.
#239 Journaling before going to bed can reduce bedtime worrying and help you fall asleep faster.

9 facts about passion and purpose and happiness

#240 Individuals who pursue their passion harmoniously and with more self-control experience an improvement in well-being.
#241 Your sense of life purpose and the meaning you assign to your future may predict your psychological and physical well-being.
#242 Those who have found a sense of purpose in life have a reduced risk of mortality.
#243 Finding purpose and direction in life has also been shown to be protective against negative life events.
#244 Individuals who harmoniously engage in an activity that they’re passionate about experience greater levels of hedonic and eudaimonic happiness.
#245 Individuals who pursue their passion harmoniously and with more self-control experience an improvement in well-being.
#246 Having a high sense of purpose in life is associated with a reduced risk of mortality.
#247 Having or looking for a meaning in life predicts lower levels of suicidal ideation and lower suicide risk.
#248 There’s a lower risk of death for people with a high sense of purpose in life. Mortality is about one-fifth lower for people reporting a strong sense of purpose.

6 facts about health and happiness

#249 Depression decreases your overall quality of life similar to the effects of arthritis, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
#250 People in good health engage in more routine behaviors.
#251 People who are more conscientious also make healthier choices.
#252 Burnout not only causes depressive symptoms and depersonalization but physical issues too.
#253 Sleep deprivation is linked to many negative side-effects, amongst which depression, diabetes, and heart disease.
#254 Sleep deprivation impairs the working memory of the human brain.

10 facts about work and happiness

#255 Honesty with oneself is related to a greater sense of fulfillment in an individual’s career.
#256 Being in an environment with lots of clutter reduces your ability to focus on the work you need to do.
#257 Employee empowerment is strongly linked to their motivation.
#258 Only 13% of workers from the United States find happiness in what they do for a living.
#259 People with a higher education level have higher income levels and a higher probability of being employed, and thus, report higher levels of happiness.
#260 Job satisfaction is positively related to life satisfaction, happiness, positive affect, and the absence of negative affect.
#261 While income and wealth do contribute towards life satisfaction, it’s not the size of income, but rather the perceived financial situation and control over life that seem to make us happier.
#262 The absolute income (the amount one earns) has no effect on a person’s happiness, but the ranked position of one’s income does.
#263 Organizations learn more from their failures than their successes and that the magnitude of the failure is actually a good predictor of future success.
#264 When individuals can’t understand their identity at work, the organization experiences reduced levels of cooperation and their performance suffers.

10 facts about exercise and happiness

#265 Dancing is an excellent way to relieve stress and may have more benefits than any other form of exercise.
#266 Walking alone or in a group can be used as a treatment for depression, and there is some evidence that walking can also prevent depression
#267 Walking can be used as a potentially promising intervention to decrease psychological stress.
#268 A lack of exercising may lead to severe chronic ilnesses.
#269 There is a significant increase in happiness even if you just exercise 1 day a week and that even 10 minutes may be enough to make you happier.
#270 Physical exercise is just as effective in reducing worrying as mindfulness meditation.
#271 Good physical health is a strong predictor of happiness, but in turn, happiness can influence physical health.
#272 Yoga promotes the creation and focus upon an atmosphere of mindfulness.
#273 People who were inactive are more than twice as likely to be unhappy as those who remain active.
#274 Physical activity has been linked to increased confidence and emotional stability, positive body image and improved self-control.

8 facts about social media and happiness

#275 The dopamine we receive from someone retweeting a tweet or liking a social media post activates the same reward circuits in our brain as money, delicious food, and psychostimulant drugs.
#276 Research suggests that social media use is linked to several mental health disorders.
#277 Limiting your social media use can decrease depression and loneliness.
#278 People who spent more time on highly visual social media are more likely to experience envy.
#279 People comparing themselves to others on Facebook are more likely to suffer low self-esteem and depressive symptoms.
#280 Looking at positive, self-compassion related social media posts can reduce negative mood
#281 “Fitspiration”-type posts calling people to improve their personal fitness increased negative mood.
#282 Pretending to be happy on social media can make you happier, but being honest gets you more support from friends.

9 facts about diet and happiness

#283 Dark chocolate contains an antioxidant that gives you a burst of endorphins and serotonin.
#284 Chewing gum alleviates poor mood and reduces the stress hormone cortisol.
#285 A 2017 study on sensory-specific satiety found that the first bite of delicious food tastes better than all successive bites.
#286 An unhealthy diet is linked to a higher likelihood of depression.
#287 Vegans report higher happiness levels than meat-eaters (+7%).
#288 Happier people are more likely to turn 100% vegan in the future.
#289 Healthy eating correlated with improved mood and happiness, the biggest effect caused by eating vegetables.
#290 People who share meals more often report feeling happier and more satisfied.
#291 Healthy, quality food has been linked to happiness.

4 facts about nature and happiness

#292 Exposure to sunlight increases both serotonin and endorphins – two happiness hormones.
#293 Experiencing a sense of awe reduces stress and increases satisfaction.
#294 Spending time outdoors significantly reduces stress.
#295 Spending time outdoors increases cognitive functioning, improves your immune system, and reduces stress and blood pressure.

3 facts about goals and happiness

#296 People who view their goals as attainable have higher mental and emotional wellbeing.
#297 People who persevere and work towards their goals and face challenges with a positive outlook are at a lower risk of depression, generalized anxiety, and panic disorder.
#298 To live meaningfully, you must pursue a personal goal, but accomplishing that goal is less important than having them.

13 miscellaneous facts about happiness

#299 People feel more energetic and happier after watching cat videos.
#300 By getting a massage, your body releases oxytocin, as well as serotonin and dopamine.
#301 Touching a teddy bear helps reduce existential anxiety.
#302 Green colors in your environment improve your mood in several ways.
#303 Freshly cut grass releases at least 5 chemicals with stress-relieving properties.
#304 Research shows that our brains might just be wired for lazy behaviors.
#305 Physical laziness is not only a natural but normal part of being human.
#306 It’s been proven that people are typically happier planning vacations than after going on them.
#307 People who receive unexpected windfalls like a lottery win or an inheritance are happier in the year after receiving the money, but this effect doesn’t last.
#308 Attractive people tend to be happier. This effect is mediated by a number of factors, including relationships as well as cultural context.
#309 Men are 250% more likely to associate sex with happiness than women are.
#310 People who receive windfalls like winning a lottery also experience lower mental stress and report higher happiness in the following year.
#311 73% of people actually experience anxiety when unable to find their phones.

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Founder of Tracking Happiness and lives in the Netherlands. Ran 5 marathons, with one of them in under 4 hours (3:59:58 to be exact). Data junkie and happiness tracker for over 7 years.

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