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Happiness

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Inspired by the Happiness Initiative, Wellbeing Online will focus on how caring for oneself not only contributes to personal wellbeing, but also to family, community and global happiness.

Happiness is often underestimated; it can create a cycle of better relationships, improved physical health, more productivity and a longer life. Positive emotions like happiness also contribute to your ability to handle stressors and setbacks.

 

10 things research says will make you happy 

  • Savor Everyday Moments
    When people take time to enjoy ordinary events that are normally rushed, or to think back on pleasant moments from the day they can increase their happiness and reduce depression.
  • Avoid Comparisons
    Comparing ourselves with others can be damaging to self-esteem so instead, try focusing on personal achievement because this will lead to greater satisfaction with yourself.
  • Make Money a Low Priority
    People who put money high on their priority list are more at risk for depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem accross nations and cultures.
  • Have Meaningful Goals
    Engage in activities that are both personall significant and enjoyable; people who strive for something significant are far happier than those who don’t have strong dreams or aspirations. Acording to Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener, people "actually require a sense of meaning to thrive."
  • Take Initiative at Work
    When we express creativity, help others, suggest improvements, or do additional tasks on the job, we make our work more rewarding and feel more in control.
  • Make Friends, Treasure Family
    Happier people tend to have good, supportive relationships with friends and family that involve understanding and caring.
  • Smile Even When You Don’t Feel Like It
    Be optimistic about the future and savor the high points in the past. Practice making positive outlook a habit by seeing and celebrating possiblities, opportunities and success, even on a small scale.
  • Say Thank You and Mean It
    People who show genuine gratitude are healthier, more optimistic, and more likely to make progress toward achieving personal goals, according to author Robert Emmons. Research by Martin Seligman revealed that writing a “gratitude letter” to someone who made a difference in your life will have a lasting positive effect on your happiness.
  • Get Out and Exercise
    A Duke University study shows that exercise may be just as effective as drugs in treating depression, without all the side effects and expense. Other research shows that in addition to health benefits, regular exercise offers a sense of accomplishment and opportunity for social interaction, releases feel-good endorphins, and boosts self-esteem.
  • Be Selfless More Often
    Helping a neighbor, volunteering, or donating goods and services results in a “helper’s high,” and you get more health benefits than you would from quitting smoking, according to researcher Stephen Post. Other research shows that those who spend more money on others report greater happiness than those who spend it on themselves.
Thank you to The Happiness Initiative and Yes! Magazine, for the research and tips.

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