All of us want to be happy. In fact in most polls people say that they want happiness more than anything else in the world. The problem is: most of us are looking in the wrong places. Imagine being happy all the time. How would your life be different if you were happy all the time?
The answer to the search for happiness have recently been revealed thanks to a multidisciplinary team of six British specialists who span a variety of professions from psychology, psychotherapy to economics who embarked on an unusual social experiment.
Here are their findings:
1. Plant something.
Plant something and nurture it. When you water and feed plants they grow. This isn’t necessarily about growing a plant, rather when you water and feed the seeds of your interests, they grow and so does your happiness.
2. Be grateful.
At the end of each day stop and think how fortunate you are. Think of five things in your life that you are grateful for each day.
3. Talk to your partner.
Make time to talk to your partner. Every week sit down for at least an hour and talk with your partner or someone you love. That’s one hour without answering the phone or texts or watching TV or listening to music. One uninterrupted hour with your loved one.
4. Keep in touch.
Make phone calls that you keep promising yourself you will make. Contact the friend with whom you haven’t spoken for a while or whatever the case may be.
5. Treat yourself.
Give yourself a treat every day and take the time to really enjoy it. Be good to yourself. This simple act breeds self confidence and positivity and happiness!
Have a good laugh at least once a day. Laughter helps to stimulate our health too. Research shows that laughter is important for people who survive a heart attack. It has been found that people are less likely to have a second attack, need less medication and have lower blood pressure if they allow themselves to see and laugh at humorous situations each day.
Make the effort to walk, run, jog, swim, whatever, for half an hour three times a week. Guaranteed to reduce stress and make you feel good.
8. Make connections.
Every day smile at and/or say hello to a stranger. Smiling is not only good for the person receiving it al so makes you feel good too.
9. Less Television.
How long do you spend watching TV? Research show that too much TV actually causes unhappiness. So make an effort to cut your viewing time by half.
10. Do something for someone else.
Every day do something good for someone else.