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What Really Makes Us Happy?

Be thankful every day.

It has been shown that being thankful does more than just make you feel better. Write down a few good things that happened today. It will help you stay healthy, have more energy, feel less stressed and nervous, and sleep better.

Be thankful always.

It’s important to make this a habit and do it on purpose. You might want to start a small gratitude practice. Like, every morning while you drink your coffee, you could list three good things that happened the day before.

Surround yourself with good people.

Spreading happiness is easy. Researchers at Harvard and The University of San Diego, Dr. Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler, found that having one more happy friend makes a person nine percent more likely to be happy.

Surround yourself with people who really care

Connect with a friend or coworker who usually has a better mood if you’re feeling down. There are neurons in our brains called mirror neurons that will actually copy what someone else is saying. So if you need some good vibes, connect with people who have them.

Do acts of kindness every day.

Spending money on other people makes us happier than spending money on ourselves, and doing small acts of kindness makes us happier with our lives overall. When you get your coffee at the coffee shop, say “thank you” and mean it.

Act of kindness

When you get your snack at work, leave your coworker’s favorite snack on their desk. A small act of kindness can make someone’s day.

Spend more time with friends and family.

Having friends can help you stay alive. Being alone a lot can be just as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and it’s twice as bad as being overweight. You can still spend time with the people you care about, even if you’re busy.

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Call a friend during your lunch break, or better yet, go for a walk with them if you can. Are you busy during the week? Why not ask your friend to run some errands with you on the weekend?

Spend your money on ways to have fun instead of things.

It has been shown that people are happier when they spend their money on activities instead of things. It’s easier for us to remember things and live them again in our minds, which makes good feelings last longer.

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Instead of buying that new pair of jeans, you might want to try a new yoga class or take a friend to the movies.


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