Spending some time alone each day helps you to unwind and reduces stress. Life can get hectic and noisy so it's important to slow down and take a break from it all. You can create a cozy spot in your room to hang out or get out of the house. My favourite things to do during "me time" are to read, write, get crafty and listen to music.
If you need something to cheer you up or lift your spirits try making a mood board of your favourite things full of photos, magazine cut-outs or drawings of your favourite things. Alternatively, print out our free Favourite Things list and fill in the blanks.
Teens who spend less time in front of screens are happier.
The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported that, according to research in the US, the more time teens spent on their devices, the more their psychological well being decreased. Increased mobile phone use has also been linked to depression and anxiety. Teens who spent 20 hours or more on their devices each week were least happy. So basically, teens who spend less time in front of screens are happier. You can find out more here.
David Hamilton's book, The Five Side Effects of Kindness, is a very interesting read. Being kind makes you happier. The science behind this is that, when we are kind it boosts our levels of oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin which are the body's happy chemicals. It even produces endorphins which are the brain's natural versions of morphine and heroin. So you can get a totally legal high by being kind. The book is full of examples of acts of kindness too. If you don't have time to read the whole book, you can check out his blog post here.
Here is another great article by Andrew Matthews on 5 Happiness Tips Anyone Can Use. He starts the article with this statement, Happy people don't have less problems. They think differently. All five tips are obvious and easy to do if you really want to. My favourite is quit complaining. You can read the full article here.