Researchers who track happiness on Twitter noted the “saddest weeks ever” happened in 2020. Another study funded by the National Science Foundation looks at Americans’ mental health and outlook and compares them with the past fifty years. The study authors report that their respondents reached “an all time-low” last spring and happiness “neither deteriorated nor improved” as the year went on.
But, we really don’t need researchers to tell us this….we know we all need a little happiness now.
Happiness isn’t just a feeling that we all need or want. Researchers that study what makes people happy found that there are common themes when it comes to happiness. Happy people have close relationships, strive for positive attitudes, express gratitude, look for the good in every day, are optimistic, help others, are constantly learning new things, focus on their own strengths and live mindfully. While also nice to be around, happy people are more creative, more energetic, and more productive.
Here are some ideas for ways you can increase your happiness. Do any of these ideas light a spark for you? Make a measurable goal for yourself regarding happiness and make it happen.
Possible goals for this month:
- Make a list of what makes you happy.
- Do at least one thing that makes you happy. (Every day? Every week? As a special outing?)
- Make a happy song playlist. Include songs that make you happy or that bring you positive memories.
- Journal every day about something that made you happy (there are gratitude apps that can help you do this).
- Do some research on your own about happiness. Action for Happiness has some great ideas to explore.
- Read a book, take an online course in happiness or watch a YouTube video on happiness.
- Reach out to others. Make a goal to call someone you haven’t heard from each week. Text a positive message to others each day.
- Share the positives: greet everyone you meet, hold the door for others, small acts of kindness.
This month, bring more happiness into your life.
DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information is for informational purposes and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any illness. Consult a physician before taking any action.
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