Finding Happy

Finding Happy

 

A happiness researcher Sonya Lyubomirsky has concluded that roughly 50 percent of happiness is determined by our genes and 10 percent by our life circumstance, but 40 percent depends on our daily activities.

 

Here are some suggestions in finding your happy:

 

  • Building relationships and social connections
  • Describing experiences where you felt awe
  • Practicing gratitude- showing gratitude to others and writing about what we are grateful for
  • Visualisation- imagining your life and relationships moving along as best as can be imagined
  • Being kind- doing nice things for others
  • Cultivate forgiveness- when we forgive others we feel better about ourselves and feel closer to others
  • Imagine your life without the good things you have
  • Exercise!
  • Sleep well- you will be less sensitive to negative emotions
  • Photograph and then record the things that are meaningful to you
  • Be mindful- aware of our thoughts and feelings
  • Spend more time with friends/family: Money can’t buy you happiness
  • Get outside more: Interact with nature
  • Volunteer and help others
  • Practice smiling: Reduce pain, improve mood, and think better
  • Meditate: Rewire your brain for happiness
  • Listen to music
  • Get a new hobby
  • Write down those negative thoughts and then throw the paper away
  • Spread joy- it’s contagious
  • Be a friend
  • Practice self-care on a daily basis- Try treating yourself to regular actions that improve your overall, long-term health and happiness.
  • Practice yoga
  • Eat well- especially since the nutrients you consume improve your mental health as much as your physical well-being.
  • Minimise stress
  • Go easy on yourself
  • See the glass as half full
  • Have meaningful conversations
  • Get stuff done
  • Save money