Fun in the sunThe better your mood; the better you feel. That’s why it pays to be as happy as possible — getting over anger, avoiding negative people, seeing the cup as half full instead of half empty, thinking happy thoughts.

Know how you feel when you hear “your song”? That blast from the past can make you feel nostalgic, which makes you more optimistic about the future, according to a University of Southampton study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Check out “The Science of Happiness” and the happy tips below:

Enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Mood lifters that rate high in another study include finding money, playing with pets, eating chocolate and looking at pictures of smiling babies.

Have a good laugh. Besides feeling good, it brings in more oxygen to help stimulate your organs, improves circulation, relaxes your muscles and calms your stress responders.

Get busy. Sex always rates high on happy meters. And it burns calories, too.

Don’t worry so much. The less your worry, the longer you’ll live, researchers at Purdue University report. So listen to Bobby McFerrin’s song: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

About Fierce Fridays — Tips for Weekend Well-Being

We each cherish those precious days off at the end of the week, but increasingly those of us who are charter members of the sisterhood of the stressed and overworked are losing our Saturday and Sunday leisure time to weekend work and domestic duties.

To make sure that you do something every weekend that’s just for you, we’ll be sharing a little advice to make those 48 hours a great time to recharge your batteries, bring a little good news into your life, or discover a quick and easy way to improve your health.