We all differ in what makes us happy. However, researchers have found that happy people have certain practices in common. Here are a five that can help you increase your happiness:
Not surprisingly, research on gratitude shows a host of benefits including more positive emotions, improved health, and stronger relationships.
- Keep a daily gratitude journal
- Write a thank you note
- Practice saying thank you in everyday interactions
Volunteering provides a sense of purpose and responsibility, increases self-esteem, and can give you the opportunity to develop interpersonal relationships.
- Serve at a local food pantry, animal shelter
- Contact a religious organization in your area
- Do something kind for a neighbor
Seek Quality Connections
The happiest people stay connected to family, neighbors, places of worship, and communities. Try to surround yourself with positive people and those whom you wish to emulate.
- Find a mentor to assist you in reaching your goals
- Join a group that shares your interests
- Reach out to family and spend time with them
Practice Being Kind
We all know the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated. Kindness goes a long way, especially when we disagree with someone.
- Give someone a compliment
- Choose to forgive others
- Say “Please” and “Thank You”
Meditation has many potential benefits including reduced stress, improved brain function, and increased focus. You don’t need to be a monk to meditate and you can see benefits with as little as 5 minutes a day.
- Find guided meditations on YouTube or a meditation app
- If you are religious, pray
- Create a quiet place in your home
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