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The Best Way To Celebrate The International Day Of Happiness

Pump up those good vibes!

The Best Way To Celebrate The International Day Of Happiness

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We're celebrating the International Day of Happiness, a great day to take some time out to do something that makes you smile.

Whether that's a sneaky bit of chocolate, venturing outside the office for a scenic lunch or surrounding yourself with people who lift your spirits, doctors say the key to happiness is living in the moment.

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Aussies are already a pretty cheerful bunch, ranking in the top 10 in the world for happiness, according to the latest World Happiness Report.

The things that are making us the happiest are positive personal relationships, being financially stable and working the right amount of hours.

While Gen Y's are the happiest generation, almost half saying they're satisfied with their lives, followed by Baby Boomers (44%) and Gen X (41%).

Wellbeing expert Casey Beros says today is also a great time to check on our loved ones to make sure they're as happy as can be.

"There are a whole lot of people out there who aren't feeling good about themselves at the moment. Grabbing your friends and family, focusing on those connections and living a happier lifestyle with and for each other will make a huge difference to all of our lives."

Another fantastic way to boost your mental health, surrounding yourself with adorable pets, no kidding!

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Research has found animals have the ability to alter a person's mental health on an emotional and chemical level.

Psychologist and therapy dog trainer Samantha King says the bond animals provide can do incredible things.

"The benefits are fantastic and that can be with any animal. That bond and that relationship is built on things like unconditional positive regard, which is what therapy is built around," she said.

"You're experiencing rushes of oxytocin, which is the love hormone when you look into your pet's eyes. You're experiencing lower levels of cortisol which is the stress hormone, when you're having interactions with your pet. There is a major, major benefit."

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