I recently stumbled upon this great happiness model in which 6 happiness strategies are highlighted. In simple terms, if you cultivate these 6 habits you will, undoubtedly, enjoy more happiness in your life.
You can see the model HERE
But I thought I'd also list and briefly describe the 6 happiness habits for your reading pleasure...
Pay attention - studies have shown that mindful people have stronger immune systems and are less likely to be hostile and anxious
Keep friends close - social connections are key to happiness. Research indicates that it's quality rather than quantity; so make time for those closest to you
Give thanks - research reveals the enormous power of simply counting your blessings. Regular expressions of gratitude promote optimism, better health, and greater satisfaction with life
Drop grudges - when we forgive those who've wronged us we feel better about ourselves, experience more positive emotions and feel closer to otheres
Get moving - regular exercise increases self-esteem, reduces anxiety and stress, and may well be the most effective instant happiness booster of all
Practice kindness - being kind to others makes us feel good. Altruistic acts light up the same pleaasure centres in the brain as food and sex!
So there they are. 6 happiness habits DEFINITELY worth cultivating.
How many do you do?
Where could you improve?
And when are you going to start? Might I suggest right now...!
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