Happiness Hacks

Could you be happier at work . . . in love . . . in life? You may not need a total overhaul—just a few good Happiness Hacks! Here are hundreds of shortcuts to brighten your day and boost your mood—and the science behind how they work. Discover why . . .


100% Scientific! Curiously Effective!

Whether you’re seeking better health, stronger friendships, or that elusive “happy place,” these stunningly simple tips are proven to help. You can hack your way to happiness!

  • 57°F (13.9°C) is the happiest temperature

  • Selfies give you a jolt of joy

  • Renters have a surprising edge over homeowners

  • 17-minute breaks are the most productive

  • Intimacy is better than sex

  • It’s more satisfying to work a full 40-hour week

  • Date night is the key to a happy marriage

  • Just 10 minutes of exercise can cheer you up

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Alex Palmer’s bite-size advice is engaging, encouraging, and may even change your life!
— Tal Ben-Shahar, New York Times—bestselling author of Happier and Choose the Life You Want


Happiness Hacks With Alex PalmerLive Happy Now Podcast, November 2018

How to Be Happier at Work,Coach, September 2018

31 Ways To Be Happier — Or At Least A Little More OK,” Buzzfeed, June 2018

14 books that will help you embrace your inner #girlboss at work and in life,” Hello Giggles, June 2018


place your desk sideways

To get the most out of the natural light coming through your window, don’t face it head-on. A study looking at the impact of sunlight on the emotional state of a person found that the amount of sunlight penetrating a room had a significant impact on subjects’ feelings of relaxation—when they were sitting sideways to the window.


get a plant

Workers who put household plants on their desks were 15 percent more productive than those who did not. An eighteen-month study on this phenomenon by the Exeter University found that call center workers who had plants at their desks had better memory retention and performed better at their tasks.


Drink more coffee

Spanish researchers following almost 20,000 people over a decade found that those who consumed two cups of coffee per day were 22 percent less likely to die than those who abstained from coffee altogether. Those who drank at least four cups per day were 64 percent less likely to die.