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How to be happy....and happier

Extrovert behavior can boost your mood
Extrovert behavior can boost your mood
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Wherever you are in the world, people seem to place a very high value on happiness.

And a recent study showed happiness may be easier to achieve than first thought.

These are the findings in a recently published study. This investigation showed that even when you don’t feel happy, just acting happy can change your outlook.

The researchers stated that “… (just) acting extroverted in daily behavior can lead to more a positive mood.”

Confirmed by a previous study published by a professor at Wake Forest University, research showed that introverts experience greater levels of happiness when they engage in extroverted behaviors. This occurs even with something simple like smiling at a passerby or calling an old friend.

Validating these findings, additional research found that happy people tend to live longer and experience better health than their unhappy peers.

Positive moods can influence health more than you would think. This study showed an optimistic outlook can:
• help reduce stress levels
• promote healthy immune function
• increase happiness

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If you are having a bad day, or if you consider yourself an introvert, studies demonstrate that you will feel happier when you act extroverted.

Behavior CAN change your mood.

Being outgoing, expressive or adventurous can actually improve your outlook.

It doesn't matter who you are, it's all about what you do and how you act.

So as the clichés go, “turn your frown upside down” and “don’t worry, be happy!”