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    10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy


    Savor Everyday Moments
    Pause now and then to smell a rose or watch children at play. Study participants who took time to "savor" ordinary events that they normally hurried through, or to think back on pleasant moments from their day, “showed significant increases in happiness and reductions in depression,” says psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky.


    Avoid Comparisons
    While keeping up with the Joneses is part of American culture, comparing ourselves with others can be damaging to happiness and self-esteem. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, focusing on our own personal achievement leads to greater satisfaction, according to Lyubomirsky.


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    Put Money Low on the List

    People who put money high on their priority list are more at risk for depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, according to researchers Tim Kasser and Richard Ryan. Their findings hold true across nations and cultures. "The more we seek satisfactions in material goods, the less we find them there," Ryan says. "The satisfaction has a short half-life—it’s very fleeting." Money-seekers also score lower on tests of vitality and self-actualization.



    Have Meaningful Goals

    "People who strive for something significant, whether it’s learning a new craft or raising moral children, are far happier than those who don’t have strong dreams or aspirations," say Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener. "As humans, we actually require a sense of meaning to thrive." Harvard’s resident happiness professor, Tal Ben-Shahar, agrees, "Happiness lies at the intersection between pleasure and meaning. Whether at work or at home, the goal is to engage in activities that are both personally significant and enjoyable."


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    Take Initiative at Work

    How happy you are at work depends in part on how much initiative you take. Researcher Amy Wrzesniewski says that 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 families, friends, and supportive relationships, say Diener and Biswas-Diener. But it’s not enough to be the life of the party if you’re surrounded by shallow acquaintances. "We don’t just need relationships, we need close ones" that involve understanding and caring.


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    Smile Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

    It sounds simple, but it works. "Happy people…see possibilities, opportunities, and success. When they think of the future, they are optimistic, and when they review the past, they tend to savor the high points," say Diener and Biswas-Diener. Even if you weren’t born looking at the glass as half-full, with practice, a positive outlook can become a habit.



    Say Thank You Like You Mean It

    People who keep gratitude journals on a weekly basis are healthier, more optimistic, and more likely to make progress toward achieving personal goals, according to author Robert Emmons. Research by Martin Seligman, founder of positive psychology, revealed that people who write "gratitude letters" to someone who made a difference in their lives score higher on happiness, and lower on depression—and the effect lasts for weeks.


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    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.



    Give It Away, Give It Away Now!

    Make altruism and giving part of your life, and be purposeful about it. Researcher Stephen Post says 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 exercise or quitting smoking. Listening to a friend, passing on your skills, celebrating others’ successes, and forgiveness also contribute to happiness, he says. Researcher Elizabeth Dunn found that those who spend money on others reported much greater happiness than those who spend it on themselves.


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    Re: 10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy

    I really like the suggestions or advice to make our life happy.As it is good for us to live every moment of life as it is the last moment.

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    Re: 10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy

    Quote Originally Posted by suresh123 View Post
    I really like the suggestions or advice to make our life happy.As it is good for us to live every moment of life as it is the last moment.
    Thanks for your comments Suresh



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    Re: 10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy

    Life is to LIVE...
    and Living for others is a Gift to have on one's one mind....
    Living the Life is an wonderful art, which is needed in all of us...

    My heartiest thanks to Nisha for sharing this wonderful information

    LONG LIVE with the Blessings of HIS Almighty

    Regards
    GURUJI

    ​aham brahmAsmi

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