5 SECRETS TO HARNESSING HAPPINESS

5 SECRETS TO HARNESSING HAPPINESS

Actively choose happiness, rather than wait for it to happen to you.

Practise happiness-enhancing activities daily. Spend quality time with your partner, have hobbies, exercise, spend time alone doing something you love, work towards a goal, engage in spiritual practice and count your blessings. “People without good relationships tend to be less happy. The same is true if you’re not doing work or other activities that bring out your strengths. Those are the sources of real happiness.”

Volunteer. When you do something good for someone else, the reward system of your brain lights up.

Appreciate nature. Environment has a significant impact on mood, happiness and health. Proof? A study of patients hospitalised for gall-bladder surgery compared those whose rooms looked out on a park with those facing a brick wall. The park-view patients used less pain medication, had shorter stays, and complained less to their nurses.

Simplify your life. Focus on what’s most important to you and stop trying to do too much. “People who take on too much experience time poverty, which inhibits their ability to derive happiness from any of the activities they participate in.”

Reference:

Discovery Magazine (Issue 52)