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Increase Your Happiness: A 3-Step Guide to Stressing Less and Smiling More

Would you consider yourself a happy person? Be honest now. Could you be happier? The answer, while sometimes a yes, is often tied hand-in-hand with the level of stress in your life. While daily pressure is unavoidable, there are a few simple things you can do to keep an even keel and turn that frown upside down:

  • Get Quality Sleep: It’s not enough to just rack up 7-8 hours of shut-eye…it has to be the right kind. Did you know that while comfort of your mattress and pillows are important, so too is temperature. Experts agree that a cool environment is ideal for quality REM (rapid eye movement) sleep – resulting in improved recovery. For these reasons, safeguarding such an important investment to your wellbeing (your bed) is that much more crucial. Protect-A-Bed mattress protectors and pillows are completely air vapor porous, allowing your body heat to pass through the surface, and keeping you cool and comfortable all night long. So turn down those thermostats and get to bed. You’ll wake up rejuvenated and ready to tackle the day.
  • Get Movin’: Are you getting your 10,000 steps? The Center for Disease Control recommends adults rack up 150 minutes of moderate activity per day, such as a brisk walk or jog. On average, though, studies show we’re getting about half that. Much like sleep, regular exercise has been proven to markedly reduce your stress and, in turn, make you a much happier person in the long run. Not to mention, the more activity you have in your life, the better you will sleep at night. It’s a good cycle to be in.
  • Find A Balance: We aren’t robots (although sometimes it feels like we’re getting close). To stress less, add time into your day for YOU. Sure, there’s work to be done – but to do that work well, you need to have a balance between your life and the daily grind of a “9-5”. Don’t take our word for it; hear it from Dr. James Levine, a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He says taking small breaks throughout the day will actually increase your productivity. As he puts it, “the work should break up the break.” Outside of the office, methodically try to mix in something that relaxes you. Whether that be golf, yoga, reading, or just binging on your latest Netflix obsession – balancing your personal and professional life will ultimately help lessen your stress and increase happiness.

Bottom line, everyone is different. But following the above tips could help you sleep better, eat better, and feel better. What are some ways YOU increase your happiness and reduce stress? Share them with us!

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