1) Get moving

So it may sound obvious, but exercise is one of the quickest ways to boost your happiness levels. You don’t necessarily need to go to the gym – try a swim, a brisk walk, dancing around the kitchen or embarking on some especially vigorous spring cleaning. Get your heart pumping and experience the endorphin release!

2) Get some sunshine

A surprisingly high number of us Brits experience Seasonally Affected Disorder (SAD). With an almost non-existent summer this year, its unsurprising so many of us are feeling a little deprived of sunshine, happiness and warmth. Whether it’s SAD, or a little bit of the blues, get yourself a sun lamp. These magic little happiness-boxes replicate the effects of the sun, without the carcinogenic risks. You’ll feel amazingly replenished after basking in the artificial glow.

3) Eat well

Sorry ladies but the cliché: ‘You are what you eat’ is truer than we know. Comfort food – high in fat, sugar and unrefined carbs – deplete the body of its natural energy levels and thus leave you feeling not only guilty, but sluggish. Conversely, eating a diet rich in proteins, vegetables, fruit and nutrients will boost feelings of vitality and make you happier. Research shows a striking correlation between the health of the body and the mind, so nourish yourself and feel lighter – both physically and mentally.

4) Have sex

Sex is an incredible chemical-boosting activity which can not only be fun and gratifying but often therapeutic, helping you to reconnect with your body. Physical pleasure is sure-fire way to feeling happy and fulfilled, so get some passion in your life if at all possible!

5) Brighten up

Us dreary Brits live in a world of grey skies, beige walls and dark clothes. Turn up the contrast in your life with some colour-therapy. Wear a bright top, buy some bright flowers – go the whole hog and paint a wall in your house! Yellow is an especially warming and happy colour: perhaps because of the connotations and associations it evokes, perhaps because of its healing properties, perhaps because of its benefits to the solar plexus Shakra. Whatever you believe in, the bottom line is that we are highly affected by our environments: so brighten up your surroundings and redecorate your mind!

6) Make a happy list

Identify all of the positive things in your life, including great qualities you posses, and strong relationships you have. Now write them down – i.e ‘two beautiful children, my health, my ambition’. Continue the list, from the strikingly important to the seemingly trivial: ‘a lovely home, a man who loves me, a new pair of stilettos’. The list doesn’t have to be in order, or even written well, as it totally private. Now put the list somewhere safe – in your purse perhaps – and get it out to read whenever you are low. Seeing your own handwriting will trigger feelings of gratitude and happiness when you remind yourself of all the positive things in your life.

7) Pick your thoughts

People often forget just how much power they have over their own emotions. Of course we are all subject to numerous external forces; but the biggest thing affecting our happiness is the way they think.  We can’t often control the world around us, but we can control our minds and resist cyclical thought patterns. Sadness is contagious and can lead you into a downwards spiral of upset, confusion, despair. Similarly, if you are feeling excitable, tingling with glee, you can accentuate that feeling and experience a sensation of true euphoria. So cut back the tangled, thorny bushes of your mind, and try to cultivate a happy, healthy landscape.

8) Obliterate obstacles

We all have things that hinder us from being truly happy. Whether from the past – such as the breakdown of a marriage, or the present – such as financial problems – we often think: ‘If only X was different, I could be happy.’ Whatever you have suffered, or are experiencing, look to the future, and paint a path to recovery and happiness.

9) Be jolly

Can you remember the last time you laughed so hard, it hurt? Whatever made you so uncontrollably happy – find it again. Was it a person you love, a movie, a book? Of course you can’t replicate these moments – they are special, fleeting moments of true beauty – but you can open yourself up to their occurrence. Simply smiling makes you happier, as does laughing. Moreover, a grin and a chuckle are highly infectious. So surround yourself with jolliness and let it permeate!

10) Live

Do something that affirms your corporeality. Be it sex, exercise, sun-lamp worshipping, or something that isn’t on this list – as long as it makes you feel invigorated. Sing, laugh, dance, kiss, run, cry: let go, embrace the moment and feel alive.

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These suggestions have a track record of working for people in this situation. We recommend that you try these tips and see which ones are suitable for you. You may find that other approaches work for you too. Depending on your circumstances, a consultation with your GP may be advised.

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