5 things you can do to be happy

Psychologists at Harvard University conducted a study in which participants gauged their happiness levels using their iPhones to respond to prompts. The researchers found that tasks/activities in which the subjects were most present, ones in which they did not let their minds wander to the past or future events, resulted in higher levels of happiness. 

Here's a Cambridge TedX talk with one of the researchers, Matt Killingsworth, who explains that the study found that mind wandering does indeed result in unhappiness.

So, lasting happiness is not something you get from buying the latest gadget, clothing, car, etc. It takes work and commitment.  The good news is getting happy is a set of skills that people can learn regardless of their previous patterns.

Have you tried any of the above to increase your happiness? Which ones worked and were some easier to fit into your life than others?

Rena Galanis


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