Saturday, April 23, 2016

Happy Habits

I love this good list of "Happy Habits" from Ladies Home Journal:
  1. Laugh. This simple act releases endorphins and makes you feel good. Laughing also invites laughter from other people -- a social connection that will boost your mood, too.
  2. Count your blessings. People who concentrate on what they genuinely have to feel happy about are -- surprise! -- happier than those who dwell on the negatives. If you're in a bad funk, you might have to start with "I'm grateful I have legs." Before too long you'll see how much you really have going for you.
  3. Say thank you. Expressing gratitude ratchets up the happiness quotient even more. In one study, research subjects wrote a thank-you letter to someone who had helped them in a significant way. Their happiness levels shot up immediately afterward and, amazingly, remained higher than normal for a month.
  4. Play to your strengths. One measure of happiness is the ability to become absorbed by a task, and we're most absorbed by new activities that we're naturally good at. If your strength is social connection, find a hobby that allows you to interact meaningfully with other people. If your strength is self-expression, consider starting a blog or taking an art class.
  5. Do good. In study after study, any form of generosity -- simple acts of kindness, donations, or volunteer work -- raised happiness levels.

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