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The human mind is capable of changing reality. When you change the way you see things within you and around you, it helps you to make a new outlook towards life. This works for happiness too. Your choices, thoughts and actions can influence your level of happiness.

Here are some small steps you can take to increase happiness, by the Mayo Clinic:

>  Surround yourself with happy people. Being around people who are content raises your own mood. And by being happy, you give back something to those around you.

>  Make a commitment to practise gratitude. Identify at least one thing each day that improves your life. When you find yourself thinking an ungrateful thought, try substituting it for a grateful one. Think about what you’re grateful for when you wake up in the morning and before you go to sleep at night.

> Don’t postpone joy waiting for a day when your life is less busy or less stressful. Look for opportunities to appreciate the small pleasures of everyday life. Focus on the positives in the present moment, instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

> Spending time with friends or family, creating a grateful attitude and an optimistic outlook, focusing on your purpose, and living in the present can help you take steps toward being happier.

> Exercise improves mood and provides an emotional lift in your day. Physical activity releases chemicals in your brain that can lead to feeling happier, more relaxed and less stressed. You may feel better about yourself when you exercise regularly, which can improve self-esteem and boost confidence.