1 Wear something bright yellow. Looking at that
colour can induce feelings of happiness and positivity.
2 Make a concerted effort to smile at others -
even strangers. Smiling stimulates endorphin releases and can be a
3 Think of three things that you're excited
about, looking forward to, that make you glad or happy.
Write them on sticky notes and stick them on the edge of your
screen or somewhere you'll see them through the day.
4 Eat sunshine! Have an impromptu sunshine
picnic (even if it has to be at your desk) made up of bright
yellow, orange and red foods. How about peppers and carrots with
humous, cheese and biscuits, eggs mayo sarnies, tomato salad,
corn-on-the-cob, pineapple and mango?
5 Change your screen-saver to a sunny
6 Try a guided sunshine meditation. You can
find lots of free guided meditations on Youtube - try a few to see
what works for you. We've found one or two to get you started.
7 Try some sun salutations. Even if you haven't
done yoga before don't be scared to try them - again, Youtube is a great resource for learning the
8 Watch a TED talk on happiness
9 Go Danish! Adopt the Danish concept of
'hygge' ('hoo-guh'). Essentially it means "a quality of cosiness
and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of
contentment or well-being." The roots of the word are related to
'hug' and a great example comes from Meik Wiking, the chief
executive of a Copenhagen think tank called the Happiness Research
Institute: After a hike in the snow, a group of friends sat
around the fireplace in their cabin wearing sweaters and woollen
socks, listening to the crackle of the fire, and enjoying mulled
wine. One of the friends asked, "Could this be any more hygge?"
Everyone nodded when another replied, "Yes, if a storm were raging