10 things that scientific research shows can help improve your life.
1) Get out in nature
You probably seriously underestimate how important this is. (Actually, there’s research that says you do.) Being in nature reduces stress, makes you more creative, improves your memory and may even make you a better person.
We all know how important this is, but few people do it consistently. Other than health benefits too numerous to mention, exercise makes you smarter, happier, improves sleep, increases libido and makes you feel better about your body. A Harvard study that has tracked a group of men for more than 70 years identified it as one of the secrets to a good life.
3) Spend time with friends and family
Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert identified this as one of the biggest sources of happiness in our lives. Relationships are worth more than you think (approximately an extra $131,232 a year.) Not feeling socially connected can make you stupider and kill you. Loneliness can lead to heart attack, stroke and diabetes.
The longest lived people on the planet all place a strong emphasis on social engagement and good relationships are more important to a long life than even exercise. Friends are key to improving your life.
Share good news
and enthusiatically respond when others share good news with you to
improve your relationships.
It can make you a better person.
People who use humor to cope with stress have better immune systems, reduced risk of heart attack and stroke, experience less pain during dental work and live longer. Laughter should be like a daily vitamin. Just reminiscing about funny moments can improve your relationship. Humor has many benefits.
6) Touch someone
Touching can reduce stress, improve team performance, and help you be persuasive. Hugs make you happier. Sex may help prevent heart attacks and cancer, improve your immune system and extend your life.
Meditation can increase happiness, meaning in life, social support and attention span while reducing anger, anxiety, depression and fatigue. Along similar lines, prayer can make you feel better — even if you’re not religious.
8) Get enough sleep
You can’t cheat yourself on sleep and not have it affect you. Being tired actually makes it harder to be happy. Lack of sleep = more likely to get sick. “Sleeping on it” does improve decision making. Lack of sleep can make you more likely to behave unethically. There is such a thing as beauty sleep.
Naps are great too. Naps increase alertness and performance on the job, enhance learning ability and purge negative emotions while enhancing positive ones. Here’s how to improve your naps.
9) Challenge yourself
Learning another language can keep your mind sharp. Music lessons increase intelligence. Challenging your beliefs strengthens your mind. Increasing willpower just takes a little effort each day and it’s more responsible for your success than IQ. Not getting an education or taking advantage of opportunities are two of the things people look back on their lives and regret the most.
10) Be optimistic
Be optimistic, even to the border of delusion
Does this make you out of touch with reality? Maybe but being a little deluded is good:on love and trust and have fewer problems.
You don’t usually do what brings you joy, you do what is easy.
Do what you are good at as often as you can
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
Gratitude, Gratitude, Gratitude
Showing gratitude for the good things you have, like walking in such sunset is the most powerful happiness boosting activity you could find
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 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.
Ancient Greeks did thank the gods......
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Money is good. Many other things are better.
After about 75K a year, money has minimal effects on happiness. Read that again. Not that money won’t increase happiness but if you want to be happier your time and energy are better spent elsewhere. It will not increase your moment to moment mood.
Money is good but wanting money can be bad.
Helping others reach their goals brings joy. Doing nice things for others today can literally make you happier for the rest of the week.
Savor, is the tip !
YOU ARE IN GREECE!~ the best screen view lies in front of your eyes/ Just visually excersise and boost your brain
Take time to really enjoy the good things. What are the best ways to savor?
Savoring is one of the secrets of the happiest people. Focusing on the limited time you have in this life is a good way to remind you to savor what is important.. Much more,
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Every morning send a friend, family member or co-worker an email to say thanks for something.
Via Harvard professor Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage:
"This is why I often ask managers
to write an e-mail of praise or thanks to a friend, family member, or
colleague each morning before they start their day’s work—not just
because it contributes to their own happiness, but because it very
literally cements a relationship. "
Being able to spend more time with friends provides an increase in happiness worth up to an additional $133,000 a year. (Values for your other relationships are here.)
Being compassionate makes us happier (causal, not correlative.)
Share the best events of your day with loved ones and ask them to do the same.
And compliment them — we love compliments more than money or sex.
Write down a favorite memory that makes you feel good.
Research shows we can add a feeling of meaning to our lives by being nostalgic:
The present research tested the proposition that nostalgia serves an existential function by bolstering a sense of meaning in life. Study 1 found that nostalgia was positively associated with a sense of meaning in life. Study 2 experimentally demonstrated that nostalgia increases a sense of meaning in life.
When life doesn’t make sense, get lost in that memory for a little while. Nostalgia restores a sense of purpose when times are hard.
Frequency beats intensity
Lots of little good things is the path to happiness. You want frequent boosts not rare big stuff. (And this explains the best method of how to split a dinner bill with friends.) For the most part, don’t bother to try and reduce the bad so much as you increase the good.
Stop thinking about big events that might make you thrilled — it’s the little things of everyday life that make lasting improvements to our happiness.
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