The Secret To Being Happier
Here are the things proven to make you happier:
What’s the secret to a head full of happy thoughts?
First, a good chunk of happiness is controlled by your genes but there’s a lot you can do to make yourself happier. Many of these techniques have been repeatedly tested and even worked with the clinically depressed.
Gratitude, Gratitude, Gratitude
Showing gratitude for the good things you have is the most powerful happiness boosting activity there is.
- It will make you happier !
- It will improve your relationships.
- It can make you a better person.
- It can make life better for everyone around you.
- Bronze medalists are happier than silver medalists. Why? They feel grateful to get a medal at all.
Every night before you go to bed write three good things that happened to you that day. Jotting those down is pretty much all it takes to get a boost in well-being over time.
There’s a second secret lesson here: the reverse is also true.
Keeping track of the bad things will make you miserable. A convenient memory is a powerful thing. Do not train your brain to see the negative, teach it to see the positive.
Wanna make yourself and someone else extremely happy? Try a gratitude visit. Write someone a letter thanking them and telling them how much what they have done for you means. Visit them and read it in person. It’s a proven happiness WMD.
Do what you are good at as often as you can
“Signature strengths” are the things you are uniquely good at and using them increases happy thoughts. Exercising signature strengths is the secret to why starving artists are happier with their jobs.
Think about the best possible version of yourself and move toward that. Signature strengths are the secret to experiencing more “flow” at work and in life.
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