When you're not happy with your life or your work, you tend to dwell on the BAD stuff . . . which only makes you more miserable.
So to help prevent that, here are five phrases you should get in the habit of saying . . . because supposedly they're all things "happy" people say a lot.
Obviously just saying them ONCE probably won't make you any happier. But if you start putting yourself in situations where you can say them more OFTEN, it might.
#1.) "I'm Looking Forward to It." This one's all about staying optimistic and planning things you WILL look forward to.
For example, studies show that you're actually happier in the weeks leading UP to a vacation than when you're actually ON vacation. And planning smaller things to look forward to can make you happier too, like going golfing or seeing a movie.
But obviously it's harder to get excited about day-to-day stuff, like going to work. Which is why people who DO figure out a way look forward to Monday mornings tend to be happier than most people in general.
#2.) "I'll Give It Another Shot." The gist of this one is to make sure that when you fail at something, you don't automatically quit it. Because even though you won't reach every goal you set for yourself, just TRYING tends to make people happier.
#3.) "Hello." If you DON'T say it very much, it means you're probably not being very social. And maintaining an active social life is one of the most important keys to happiness.
In fact, a ton of studies have found that the more social you are, the less likely you are to get depressed. And according to at least one study, "happy" people tend to live about 35% longer than people who suffer from depression.
#4.) "Thank You." It's the easiest way to acknowledge the little things you're grateful for. And saying it A LOT can have a subconscious effect on how grateful you are in GENERAL.
Which is important, because it's pretty tough to feel angry or sad when you're feeling appreciative about something.
#5.) "I Had a Busy Day." It might SEEM like you'd be happier just sitting on the couch watching reruns of "Jersey Shore". But the reality is, most people are happiest when their days are full.
Obviously you shouldn't be a work-a-holic. And sometimes wasting a whole Saturday in front of the television CAN be relaxing. But as a general rule, the more productive your days are, the happier YOU are.