Flower App

Because Life Happens

How to Convince Your Brain to Be Happy

Bloggist Eric Barker explores which behaviors convince your brain to feel happy.

Be sure to notice when you're happy.Neuroscience tells us that your thoughts and actions can influence your brain chemistry and can physically impact your mood, so why not hack that system to make yourself feel happier?

In his article, “Neuroscience discovers 5 things that will make you happy,” Barker identifes behaviors that can improve your mood:

  • Listen to music from the happiest time in your life: Let’s hope you had good taste when you were happiest.
  • Smile and wear those sunglasses: You don’t have to wear them indoors. That would be dumb.
  • Think about your goals: It changes how you see the world and releases happy chemicals in your noggin.
  • Get your sleep: Depressed people don’t sleep well. And people who don’t sleep well get depressed.
  • Beat procrastination by reducing stress and doing a simple thing to get started: Listen to those happy-era tunes and then assemble all the materials you need to get cranking.

Barker also recommends going for a walk outside every morning, preferably with a friend.
This is because exercising, healthy exposure to sunlight, and social connection are at the top of the list of things that can make you feel happy.

Try any (or all!) of these actions to make a difference in how you feel.

About Shawna Kelly, PhD

Shawna is the Director of User Research for Dogpatch Technology. A former university professor in media theory and game studies, Shawna’s previous employment fields span software tech support, computer hardware, biomedical sciences, environmental science, theater stage management, and implementing technology in work and educational settings. She has a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication. View all posts by Shawna Kelly, PhD →

This entry was posted in In Case You Missed It and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.