In our ever-advancing world, it can be difficult to slow down and truly appreciate all that life has to offer. The rise of social media platforms and lightning-fast smartphones has made it easy to access all types of information, which can easily steal your happiness with every scroll.

Psychologists have revealed some of their top tricks to cultivating happiness — and these simple tactics can vastly improve your mental health!

Limit Your Phone Usage

Although it may seem like a scary task, cutting back on the time you spend scrolling through social media can really boost your mood. “We have a natural desire to distract ourselves with our phones, which is not always a bad thing, but you should be consuming something you care about,” revealed Eric Zimmer, the host of the podcast “The One You Feed.”

By setting an alarm you can alert yourself to take a break from the Internet, and you can focus on the things in your life that truly matter.

Try Not To Nitpick Your Life

Focusing on all of the positive happenings in your life—instead of dwelling on how imperfect things can be—can brighten up your mental health significantly. Embrace new things and experiences, even if they aren’t as picture-perfect as you think they should be. Nothing in life can be perfect, and you might as enjoy the ride!

Play The Alphabet Game

Looking for an easy way to kick negative thoughts to the curb? The alphabet game is a quick way to derail those thoughts and think more positively— it’s literally instant. Begin by thinking of something that begins with the letter A that you are grateful for, and make your way down the alphabet. This is a sure way to clear your head and ease your mind.

Start A Meditation Practice

You don’t have to be a meditation expert to take a few minutes every day to reflect and relax your mind. It can be extraordinarily beneficial. Simply sit in a quiet room for two or three minutes, close your eyes, and take some deep breaths to release any built-up tension.

Take Pride In Simple Pleasures

Although you may think a promotion at work or a new car is the key to happiness, it’s enjoying the little things that really make all the difference. Whether you love admiring the moon on a clear night or a piece of chocolate after dinner brings you utter joy— it’s all about appreciating life’s simple pleasures.