If you find yourself constantly thinking about your job, having difficulty getting out of bed, and even becoming physically ill, it might be time to quit your job and find something that will lead to more happiness down the line.
Spend more time with your family.
Another top regret dying people have is not spending enough time with family and friends.
If you're struggling to balance your time, the act of scheduling blocks where you just focus on your family can make you less stressed and happier, time-management expert Laura Vanderkam, author of "Off the Clock," told Business Insider correspondent Shana Lebowitz.
Try to settle down in a place close to where you work.
A shorter drive to work can make you happier, according to a study out of the University of the West of England that looked at 26,000 employee commutes over five years.
To increase your future happiness, try moving somewhere you know will be close to where you work.
Help others by doing volunteer work.
Helping others helps you.
In a 2013 review of 40 studies done in the last two decades, researchers found volunteering can make you happier, and can even prolong your life. People who volunteer say not only does it improve their mood, it helps them manage chronic illness and lowers stress, a Happify survey found. Finally, a 2017 study found when people help others, it activates regions in the brain that make you happy.
Maintaining friendships could be the key to a longer, happier life.
In an Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging, researchers found people with more friends outlive those with the fewest by 22%. It's no wonder one of the biggest regrets dying people have is not keeping in touch with their friends.
While your friend group tends to shrink as you get older, you can bolster your social network by visiting the same places frequently (also known as "becoming a regular").
Focusing on what you have instead of what you lack, leaves you feeling more satisfied in the long-run.
A study from the University of California-Davis asked volunteers to keep a weekly record of things they were grateful for. In 10 weeks, they reported feeling more optimistic about their lives and even felt physically healthier.
Practicing gratitude can even make you more successful. Business Insider found highly successful individuals like Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson all take a few minutes of time to focus on what they are thankful for.
Make small talk.
Being friendly makes you happier.
A 2014 study found people who made small talk with their barista left happier than those who stayed silent. They instructed participants to make brief but genuine conversation, while smiling and making eye contact.
Taking just a few minutes to talk to the barista left study subjects feeling happier than those who didn't. "Humans are designed to have social interaction," researcher Elizabeth Dunn previously told Business Insider. "These interactions are incredibly important for our overall well-being, and even the smallest ones can make a difference."
Strength training and aerobic training are particularly good at decreasing depression and improving long-term heart health, according to recent research — so pick up the dumbbells if you want to live a healthier and happier life down the road.