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10 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be Happier

Happiness and ProductivityHow do we prepare ourselves to be uber productive in the New Year? By happy of course! There is a clear relationship between happiness and productivity – it transpires that happy people accomplish more. In fact, I can say from experience that this is true. Put me in a warm climate by the sea where the sun always shines, where I exercise every day, engage in my favourite water sports, where there are long hours of daylight and my productivity skyrockets. Put me in London in the cold winter months of rain and shorter days and my productivity takes a massive hit. I almost go into hibernation. Here are 10 scientifically-proven ways to be happier which are well worth 5 minutes of your time to read. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

10 Scientifically-Proven Ways To Be Happier

1. Exercise: 7 Minutes Could Be Enough

Think exercise is something you don’t have time for? Think again. Check out the 7 minute workout mentioned in The New York Times. That’s a workout any of us can fit into our schedules.

Exercise has such a profound effect on our happiness and well-being that it is an effective strategy for overcoming depression. In a study cited in Shawn Achor’s book The Happiness Advantage, three groups of patients treated their depression with medication, exercise, or a combination of the two. The results of this study are surprising: Although all three groups experienced similar improvements in their happiness levels early on, the follow-up assessments proved to be radically different:

The groups were then tested six months later to assess their relapse rate. Of those who had taken the medication alone, 38 percent had slipped back into depression. Those in the combination group were doing only slightly better, with a 31 percent relapse rate. The biggest shock, though, came from the exercise group: Their relapse rate was only 9 percent.

You don’t have to be depressed to benefit from exercise, though. Exercise can help you relax, increase your brain power, and even improve your body image, even if you don’t lose any weight.

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Were you surprised that only seven minutes of exercise a day may be enough? I was. Now there’s no excuse! I think if you set aside seven minutes, then you may just set aside twenty minutes, possibly even thirty minutes if you’re feeling crazy. I’ve always gone with the premise that 30 minutes a day is what we should be aiming for where we get our heart rate up. Here’s why. I never knew that sleeping more reduced negative emotions – how cool, I like sleeping. Do you engage in any of these daily? Why not try a few a day 5 days a week and see what happens?

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