Friday, 30 May 2014

Choose Happiness

Choose to be happy!

For a lot of people, this is impossible to them. Why some people are happy and others not?

A study found out that happiness is more strongly associated with the level of respect and admiration we receive from peers. UC Berkeley Cameron Anderson

Study participants who took time to “savour” ordinary events that they normally hurried through, or to think back on pleasant moments from their day, “showed significant increases in happiness and reduction in depression”, says psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky.

Avoiding comparison could help you to stay happy. Comparing ourselves with others can be damaging to happiness and self-esteem. Focusing on our own personal achievement leads to greater satisfaction, according to Sonja Lyudomirsky.

Having meaningful goals could help you to be more happy. “People who strive for something significant are far happier than those who don’t have strong dreams or aspirations.” Say Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener. “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.” Say Tal Ben-Shahar.

Fake smile can’t make you happier. But if you choose to see the positive in a situation and then smile about it, then you’ll be happier. A fake smile with negative emotion will never make you happier. Smile because you know good things will come for you.

Give away with purpose and you’ll be happier. Helping a neighbour, 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.” Say Researcher Stephen Post.

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