8 Scientifically-Backed Ways to Feel Happier Right Now

Now here’s a post we all want to read! Couldn’t you use some more happy?

TIME

This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com.

The key to happiness is obviously a whole lot more complicated than simple addition (x+y=joy). But maybe a “happiness equation” isn’t such a far-fetched idea: In fact, researchers at the University College London have developed a formula to accurately forecast the happiness of more than 18,000 people, Time.com reported.

A big part of the equation had to do with expectations: low enough so you aren’t disappointed, but high enough that you have something to look forward to.

While the formula is still too complicated for everyday application (you can see what it looks likehere), plenty of other recent studies offer quick, simple strategies for improving your happiness, no math required. We rounded up a few:

1. Log off Facebook (and phone a friend). More likes don’t necessary add up to more happiness,according to research from the University of Michigan

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