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5 Ways To Make Your Life Happier

5 Ways To Make Your Life Happier

Make a change in your life to improve your happiness…

Finding the perfect balance of work, rest and play is not an easy task, but it’s what most of us strive for in our pursuit of happiness. Scientists have long believed that genetics, health and other factors such as geographical location have the greatest effect on our overall well-being, but new research suggests that we still hold the power to take control of our lives and make a change for the better.

At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held Feb 22nd, Sonja Lyubomirsky of the University of California, Riverside, and her colleagues reviewed 51 studies that attempted to increase happiness through different forms of positive thinking.

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The results, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, found that these practices can significantly increase a persons well-being and overall happiness.

Speaking at the recent meeting, Lyubomirsky, said:

The billion-dollar question is, is it possible to become happier? Despite the finding that happiness is partially genetically determined, and despite the finding that life situations have a smaller influence on our happiness than we think they do, we argue that still a large portion of happiness is in our power to change.

5 Tips To Make Your Life Happier

  • 1. Be grateful – Some study participants were asked to write letters of gratitude to people who had helped them in some way. The study found that after implementing the habit, these people reported a lasting increase in happiness over weeks and even months. Even people who were made to write the letters but not send them, reported feeling better afterward.
  • 2. Be optimistic – Study participants were asked to visualize a positive ideal for the future – for example, living with a loving partner, receiving a pay rise or promotion – then describe the image in a journal entry. After doing this for a few weeks, these people also reported increase feelings of well-being.
  • 3. Appreciate your blessings – Study participants who were asked to write down three good things that happened to them every week showed significant signs of improved happiness.
  • 4. Use your personal strengths – Another study asked participants to identify their greatest strengths, then try to use them in a different way – for example, someone who with a good sense of humor could try applying it to business meetings to lighten things up, or a person with good speaking skills could try and console an arguments between two parties.
  • 5. Commit acts of kindness – Studies have shown that people who donate time to charity or those in need, also report an increased feeling of happiness.

Lyubomirsky believes that these practices can really make a difference in improving ones overall happiness, so mush so, that she has now created her own iPhone app called Live Happy, to help people carryout these happiness improving habits.

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