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International Day of Happiness - Tips For A Happier You

Today marks International Day of Happiness and this got me thinking how happy am I? I'd say I'm pretty damn happy and although the levels of my happiness can fluctuate depending on whether the trains are delayed or if I've had an argument with my wife, I would still say that I'm generally happy. 

According to the Happiness report (I can't believe there's such a thing either) you are more likely to be happy if you live in Scandinavia with Finland, Norway and Denmark topping the poll. Us Brits came in at 19th place out of 117 countries on the list which surprised me as we're notoriously a miserable bunch!! There were no surprises at the bottom of the list with Syria placing as the least happiest place to live. 

The report relies on asking a simple, subjective question of more than 1,000 people in each country. 

'Imagine a ladder, with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom and 10 at the top.

"The top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time?"

The average result is the country's score - ranging from Finland's 7.6 to Burundi's 2.9.

In this blog I look at some tips that can help you to be happier, regardless of where you live. 

Early To Bed, Early To Rise

Allow yourself to have more rest. It can be difficult in this modern era when you're working long days and I too am guilty of not getting enough sleep (just last night I only had 3 and 1/2 hours sleep) and I've really been noticing the effects of sleep deprivation both physically and mentally. 

Doctors recommend between 6-8 hours sleep a night for a healthy functioning brain and body. Do you ever find yourself feeling agitated or easily annoyed when you haven't had enough sleep? Remember the more rested you are the better you're likely to feel and the happier you can be. 

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