If the first day of spring and the free Rita’s water ice isn’t enough to make you happy, Thursday March 20th is also the 2nd Annual International Day of Happiness.
So today, we give you five healthy activities that are scientifically proven to boost your happiness:
Exercise. You know that happy feeling you get after a long run or hard workout? The one that makes you feel like you can conquer just about anything — you can thank endorphins for that. Endorphins are your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters and physical activity helps pump up their production.
Meditate. Breathe in and breathe out to achieve the ultimate level of happiness. In 2011, an explosion of new research indicated that meditation could physically change the brain to make you happier. In one study, a research team from Massachusetts General Hospital found that after completing an eight-week meditation course, parts of the participants' brains associated with compassion and self-awareness grew, and parts associated with stress shrank.