Monday, April 21, 2014

Habits of happiness worth cultivating

Pay attention
Studies show that mindful people have stronger immune systems and are less likely to be hostile or anxious.
Keep friends close
Social connections are key to happiness.  Research indicates it's quality more than quantity.  Make time for those closest to you.
Give thanks
Research reveals the enormous power of simply counting our blessings.  Regular expressions of gratitude promote optimism, better health, and greater satisfaction with life.
Get moving
Regular exercise increasees self-esteem, reduces anxiety and stress, andd may well be the most effective instant happiness booster of all.
Drop grudges
When we forgive those who have wronged us, we feel better about ourselves, experience more positive emotions, and feel closer to others.
Practice Kindness
Being kind to others makes us feel good.  Altruistic acts light up the same pleasure centers in the brain as food and sex.
NOTE ~  For a totally different perspective, read this NYT opinion piece by op-ed columnist David Brooks:  What Suffering Does.

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