Follow Your Bliss“Go forth and be joyful” may seem like overly simple advice. But those who study happiness say that being aware of its importance, and making a conscious commitment to spend more time on the relationships and activities that give you joy, is more than half the equation. Some joyful experiences will be spontaneous. Others may take more thought and effort. Make the effort. Your life will be happier and – perhaps – longer.
Get MovingExercise relieves stress by helping to rebalance your levels of serotonin, a calming hormone. It also spurs the release of endorphins, compounds that make you feel good by reducing your perception of pain. If you think you might like yoga, find an introductory class and try it out. The mind-body approach of most popular types of yoga is a way to feel better physically, focus and relax.
Make a New FriendAnd if possible, find friends who are already happy! Two researchers from Harvard University examined friendships among participants in the giant Framingham Heart Study, which has been tracking the health of thousands of people in Massachusetts for decades. The research team recreated the family and social networks of 4,739 of the participants and reviewed the measurements of their happiness, which had been recorded from 1983 to 2003. READ MORE
The data indicated that having a happy friend increased an individual's chances of being happy by 15%. The subjects who had more friends were also rated higher on the happiness scale, but those whose friends were happy saw a much bigger increase in their chances of being happy, too. LESS