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Spark Joy with 7 Tips for a Happier Life


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Do you have a friend who always seems to maintain a positive mindset, even when the chips are down? Do you wonder what her secret is, and if there’s anything you can do to stay happy even when things aren’t necessarily going your way? Well, it turns out there is. Positive psychologists and neuroscientists have spent a lot of time studying human happiness, and there are clear correlations between the choices we make and the way that we feel. Here are some tips to help you see the sunnier side of things.

  1. Get Your “Happy” Sleep
    Forget “beauty sleep,” what we should all be talking about is “happy sleep.” Science has proven time and again that sleep and mental health are closely connected. According to this Harvard Health article, “neuroimaging and neurochemistry studies suggest that a good night’s sleep helps foster both mental and emotional resilience.” Try to get a minimum of seven hours sleep a night in order to be able to maintain a positive outlook on life. The takeaway? Start with a good night’s sleep, and your day will automatically start off on a better foot than if you are sleep deprived.
  2. Meditate, Meditate, Meditate
    Meditation has gone mainstream and for good reason. That small sliver of your day that you dedicate to finding inner peace has been proven to increase feelings of calm, resilience, and coping mechanisms. Research has shown that the prefrontal cortex in our brains, an area important for cognitive and emotional processing, actually grows with repeated meditation practice. Invest in a meditation pillow if resources allow, and dedicate a small area to your practice so you have a daily reminder to take time out of your day to reset.
  3. Find the Funny in Your Day
    Those silly cat videos may not be so silly after all, because laughing is a great way to add some joy to your day. Build joyful moments into your day, whether that means spending time with people who make you laugh or watching funny movies. Watch stand-up comedy, and when faced with challenges, try to look on the bright side and see the humor in the situation.
  4. Eat Happy Foods
    There is a direct correlation between what you put in your body and how you feel. Eat foods you know make you feel good and energized, and avoid those that trigger a sugar crash or make you want to take a nap. Studies show that people who live in the Blue Zones (the world’s longest-lived cultures) follow a primarily whole food, plant-based diet. Sounds like a great place to start! Five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day can decrease your stress by up to 30 percent.
  5. Just Keep Moving
    Have you ever stopped to think about how good you feel post workout? Or how your mood changes after a walk among the trees? When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body and are another contributing factor to feelings of happiness. Move for 25-minutes a day, at least four times a week. Even walking around your house during a work call will deliver benefits.
  6. Keep Learning, Keep Growing
    Learning is not just for kids. It increases our self-confidence, which in turn triggers pleasant emotions. There are so many ways to keep our brain active, from reading and podcasts to TED talks and online courses. Yale University is even offering its most popular course on happiness free right now. Check it out here.
  7. Live With Meaning and Purpose
    Ask yourself this question: Am I spending time on activities or things that are meaningful to me? That might be volunteering down at your local food bank, FaceTiming with your sister, mentoring a colleague, or making sure you spend time in nature. The key is to make time for things you love, because the happiness halo effect will spill over into other areas of your life.
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Tia is the founder of Arrive At Happy (aah!) and a chief happiness officer. She has worked with dozens of global companies, such as Goldman Sachs, Hilton Hotels, and Kashi, to elevate engagement, sales, and drive bottom line results. With multiple certifications in neuroscience, positive psychology, leadership coaching, and employee morale, she has supported leaders for five years at Arrive At Happy. Tia is also the host of the Arrive At Happy leaders show available on Spotify and iTunes. Prior to running aah!, she led sales and marketing teams at luxury hotels in the U.S. and Turkey for brands such as W Hotels, Westin, and The London. She is widely regarded by the corporate happiness community and is a speaker at the annual World Happiness Summit. Her insights have been featured in national publications like Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, Well + Good, and Yoga Journal. As a certified chief happiness officer, she helps C-suite executives drive productivity and results through utilizing her evidence-based AAH Business Growth Program. Her book, The Happy Leader, will be published in 2021 with Morgan James Publishing. For more info, visit