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Can sleep = happiness? Apparently a lot of things can boost your mood

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 9:16am

Who couldn't use a little more happiness? These are science-based but also simple ways to make yourself happier.

INC. Magazine put them together, and the first one: try to go outside more. Fresh air is medicine. One study found that just 20 minutes outside can even boost your memory.

Keep your eye on the thermometer too, because happiness is maximized at 57 degrees.

Another one: spend time with family and friends. Research shows it even makes introverts happier.

Speaking of other people -- volunteer: no surprise here, that making others happy, will in turn make you happy. The magic number is 100 hours a year of volunteer work.

Move closer to work. Even if you give up a bigger house, a shorter commute will make you happier.

And speaking of moving, plan a vacation, even if you don't take it.

Make a list of things you are grateful for. It helps to remind yourself about the good stuff in your life.

Sleep more. You'll be less sensitive to swinging emotions.

And last but not least, meditate.
 

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