Depression, according to Mark Williams who wrote Mindfulness, will be the second biggest illness after arthritis, many forms of cancer and heart disease in the next 10 years. This is a scary projection isn’t it? However, this is understandable, also, given the competitive and hectic world in which we live. Here are 10 simple ways to be happier. Guess which is number one on the list..
1. Exercise more – 7 minutes might be enough
You might have seen some talk recently about the scientific 7 minute workout mentioned in The New York Times. So if you thought exercise was something you didn’t have time for, maybe you can fit it in after all.
Exercise has such a profound effect on our happiness and well-being that it’s actually been proven to be 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 either medication, exercise, or a combination of the two. The results of this study really surprised me. Although all three groups experienced similar improvements in their happiness levels to begin with, the follow up assessments proved to be radically different:
No one takes time out to look after themselves anymore. We are living in an age of hyper distraction and endless opportunities and people are highly stressed. I was pleased to see exercise as the no. 1 on the list and intrigued by the meditation research. I’ve practiced daily gratitude for about a year now and it’s a very effective way of removing any fear or “stress” as most people call it.
What are your favourite ways to instant happiness?