How to Be Happier
What things can you do to make yourself happier? And can you make each one a habit in your life?
My favorite psychology blogger, Dr. Jeremy Dean at PsyBlog, regularly shares findings from the latest psychological research. In one post, he discussed ten actions that have been shown to make people happier.
Today I share his list in hopes that all of us learn these habits of mind and action.
1. Giving. Doing things for others.
2. Relating to other people. Making and maintaining connections.
3. Exercising. Taking care of your body.
4. Appreciating the world around you.
5. Trying, learning new things.
6. Having direction, goals that are important to you, things to look forward to.
7. Resilience. Being able to find ways to bounce back from misfortunes.
8. Emotion. Taking a positive approach to life.
9. Acceptance. Being comfortable with who you are and what you have.
10. Meaning. Being part of something bigger than yourself.
I would make my own addition to this list: having a pet. Sharing your love with an animal and receiving their devotion can make your entire day happier and add meaning to your life.
Over the next ten days, as part of the UBC January challenge, I’ll post on each of these ideas individually, relating my own experiences and hopefully helping you to make these things habits in your own life.