Many spend their lives trying to work out the secret to happiness.
And while the answer might remain forever a mystery, one expert believes he has come at least a little bit closer to working it out.
Dr Randall Bell, an economist, and sociologist from California, discovered happy people practice certain habits that contribute to their overall well-being.
He said: ‘When it comes to happiness, your habits matter. While studies have proven that a significant portion of happiness is linked to genetics, a whopping 40 per cent comes directly from the daily rituals that you choose to engage in.
‘So why not do what happy people do? It certainly can’t hurt.’
Here, Dr. Randall tells FEMAIL about eight simple habits happy people incorporate into every day – and explains why you should adopt them into your own routine.
1. EAT DINNER AS A FAMILY
Sitting down to eat as a family can seem almost impossible in busy households but Dr Bell insists it is worth making the effort.
It will come as no surprise to learn that the happiest people make time for daily exercise, even if it is just a simple 20-minute walk.
Dancing carries the endorphin rush of exercise with the added bonus of fostering our interpersonal relationships.
4. AVOID ROAD RAGE
Traffic jams and poor driving can send blood pressure rising but staying calm behind the wheel is an easy way to feel happier.
5. DON’T GOSSIP
It can be tempting to whisper about your colleague’s new relationship or share your friend’s secret – but toning down the gossip could leave you feeling happier.
6. ORGANISE YOUR DESK
In a fast-paced work environment, it can be easy for your desk to become cluttered and messy but it pays to keep it neat, according to Dr Bell.
7. WAVE TO YOUR NEIGHBOURS
People who walk past their neighbors without giving them a friendly wave are much more likely to be unhappy, Dr Bell believes.