Web Exclusive: Is finding happiness easier than you think?

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(CNN) - We're all looking for another way to improve in the New Year and what could be better than resolving to be more happy. We have some scientifically proven ways today to help you feel better.

Inc. Magazine put them together. The first one -- try to go outside more.  Fresh air is medicine. One study found that just 20 minutes outside can even boost your memory.  Keep your eye on the thermometer too, because happiness is maximized at 57 degrees.

Another one -- spend time with family and friends. Research shows it even makes introverts happier.

Speaking of other people -- volunteer: no surprise here, that making others happy, will in turn make you happy.  The magic number is 100 hours a year of volunteer work.

Move closer to work, even if you give up a bigger house, a shorter commute will make you happier.  Speaking of moving, plan a vacation, even if you don't take it.

Also, sleep more. You'll be less sensitive to swinging emotions and meditate.

Don't forget to make a list of things you are grateful for -- it helps to remind yourself about the good stuff in your life.




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