There are really five ways you can be happier- there is an abundance of research on happiness and positive psychology documents this.
Happy people generally are more forgiving, helpful, and charitable, having better self-control, and are more tolerant of frustration than unhappy people.
A 30 percent increase in one spouse’s happiness boosts the other spouse’s happiness, while a drop in one spouse’s happiness drags the other down.
Strengths Linked to Happiness
Certain strengths are most closely linked to happiness. They include gratitude, hope, vitality, curiosity, and love. These strengths are so important that they’re worth cultivating and applying in your daily life, even if they don’t come naturally to you. Research suggests that these qualities can help you weather the routine ups and downs of life and also build resilience for times of greater difficulty.
Reap the benefits of your strengths,
First self awareness is needed to know what they are! Unfortunately, according to a British study, only about one-third of people have a useful understanding of their strengths. If something comes easily, you may take it for granted and not identify it as a strength. If you are not sure of your strengths, you can identify them by asking someone you respect who knows you well, by noticing what people compliment you on, and by thinking about what comes most easily to you. An additional route to gratitude and boosting happiness is placing your attention on pleasure as it occurs, consciously enjoying the experience as it unfolds. Multitasking can be the antithesis of this.
Appreciating the treasures in life, big and small, helps build happiness.
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Yeats: “We are happy when we are growing.”
Did you know that the brain is stimulated by surprise?
Samuel Jackson: “The business of the wise man is to be happy”.
Research shows that acting in an outgoing, talkative, adventurous or assertive way makes people- even introverts-feel happier.
Making and sticking to a decision is a source of happiness because it gives you a sense of control, of efficacy, of responsibility.
At time of financial stress, taking control of your finances- even symbolically- can boost your mood because you’re taking steps to control and improve your situation.
Gratitude is important to happiness. Studies show that consistently grateful people are happier and more satisfied with their lives; they even feel more physically healthy and spend more time exercising.
Gratitude fosters forbearance- it’s harder to feel disappointed with someone when you are feeling grateful toward him or her.
Gratitude connects you to the natural world, because one of the easiest things to feel grateful for is the beauty of nature.
Studies show that happier people are more likely to help other people.
Happier people are more interested in social problems. They do more volunteer work and contribute more to charity.
One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy.
One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself!
Publius Syrus: “No man is happy who does not think himself so”
Saint Therese: I take care to appear happy and especially to be so.”
A small child typically laughs more than four hundred times a day, and an adult- seventeen times.
Laughter can boost immunity and lower blood pressure and cortisol levels and increases people’s tolerance for pain.
Often a laughter response to someone’s exasperation turns the situation around. A story from Saint Therese: p.264 The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Tolstoy: ” Nothing, can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.”
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