February 19, 2012 1 Comment
I believe this article came through my work magazine. I might’ve shared it at one point in time, but since you all are getting to know the branded SlickLaroo, optimism incarnate, I thought it was worth another share.
12 Tips For a Happier Life
Happy people tend to pay attention to the things they can control and not worry about the rest. Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness, shares the following tips about how to become happier.
1 Count your blessings. Be aware of all the good things in your life and express gratitude for what you have.
2 Cultivate optimism. Make an effort to see the upside of a situation and surround yourself with positive people.
3 Avoid social comparison. This is a tough one in our aspirational culture, but Lyubomirsky says it’s well worth cutting down on how often you dwell on your problems and compare yourself to others.
4 Practice acts of kindness towards friends and strangers.
5 Nurture your relationships. Don’t take your friends and family for granted.
6 Do more activities that really engage you. This increases what psychologists call the “flow” state where you’re totally absorbed in what you’re doing.
7 Savor life’s joys. Go over them either by writing them down or thinking and talking about them.
8 Commit to your goals. Pick at least one significant goal and devote time and effort to pursuing it.
9 Develop coping strategies. Practice ways to get through or get over stress or trauma.
10 Learn to forgive. Letting go of old hurts and resentments frees your mind and heart.
11 Practice religion or spirituality. Research shoes people who do so are happier.
12 Take care of your body. Exercise, mediation and laughing all count.
(And ladies, or I guess, guys too, anyone think of that line from Legally Blonde…? “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”)
So there. Don’t worry. Be happy.