Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental illness that is characterized by difficulties focusing and controlling impulsive behaviours. ADHD is usually diagnosed in young children, but if undiagnosed and unmanaged, can lead to continued problems into adulthood. Do you find it difficult to pay attention and focus on tasks? Are you feeling restless throughout your day, like you need to be constantly moving? Do you interrupt others and act impulsively? If these concerns are affecting your daily life and are ongoing, it could be a sign of adult ADHD.
Originally Published as 25 Science-Backed Ways to Feel Happier on Greatist.com
Even as children, we’re taught to recognize and celebrate feelings of happiness—and it’s no wonder. Not only is happiness one of the most positive emotions we can experience, but being happy is also the key to a fulfilled, healthy life. Plus, cheeriness is linked to living longer, how hard we work, physical function as we age, and an improved immune system, among other health benefits.
While it’s hard to define (especially since it varies from person to person), some experts describe happiness as “a combination of life satisfaction and having more positive emotions than negative emotions,” while others view it as consisting of three parts: feeling good, living a “good life,” and feeling part of a larger purpose. There’s also a distinct difference between short- and long-term happiness: The former is a fleeting feeling, while the latter applies to how we describe our own lives.
While some factors that affect happiness might be outside of our control (such as genetics or certain life circumstances), there are always actions we can take to amp up our own good feelings. To smile wider, be more satisfied with life, and feel altogether better—both in the present and the future—try introducing any (or all!) of these practices into your life. Continue reading “Practical Ways to Feel Happy”