10 science-backed ways to be a happier person

A boatload of research offers practical advice you can use to start being happier today. Science has landed a probe on a comet hurtling through space, wiped smallpox from the face of the earth, and split the atom. Surely research can come up with a few ways to make humans happier. Thanks to the advent of the relatively new field of positive psychology, science has been doing just that for the last decade or so. Researchers are churning out studies on the underpinnings of human flourishing, pinpointing what makes people truly happy, and offering actionable suggestions to help people become the best, most joyful versions of themselves. Here are few of the field’s recent discoveries on how to be happy. 1. Exercise. Study after study has shown that people who exercise lead happier, more fulfilled lives. Sources: Winthrop University, University of Colorado Boulder 2. Find your sleep routine. People who sleep through the night and who experience high quality sleep are less irritable

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