Actions to Increase Happiness

download“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” –Dalai Lama

One of the greatest misconceptions about happiness or positive people is the false belief that happiness is automatic and in-born. The truth is, that while some are more inclined towards optimism and a positive attitude (psychologist Sonia Lyubomirsky describes this as the “happiness set-point”), much is under individual control and relies on individual actions. Actions such as:

  • Flow activities: Activities or hobbies  in which you “lose yourself.” Examples include: writing, yoga, playing an instrument, reading.
  • Socializing: Spending time with friendly, positive people who make you laugh and act as a positive support system.
  • Exercise: For adults, 2 hours and 30 minutes of physical activity per week is recommended by experts. Try running, biking, walking, hiking, or yoga and you are good to go!
  • Healthy food: Get on those greens, man!
  • Meditation/spirituality: Research supports that meditation or spirituality fosters hope, faith, and comfort, which can help you feel less anxiety and more at peace in your daily life. Try meditating, reading a spiritual quote/passage, or even prayer if you are so inclined.
  • Complimenting someone: Doing good for someone else, gets you outside of your own problems which can be the root of all evil when it comes to happiness.

What actions do you do to increase your everyday happiness?

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