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The Science of Happiness

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Discover some awesome tricks to make life easier and more meaningful by exploring some of the habits that happy people embrace.

Start Living an Awesome Life by Embracing Happy Habits

It’s no secret that happiness can have a significant impact on overall health, but what really makes people happy? While some individuals may firmly assert that things like fortune and success equal happiness, it’s actually the habits people form and continue throughout their lives that lead to true satisfaction. Read on to discover some of the habits that tend to lead to happiness.

Meaningful Relationships

A long-term Harvard study on the happiness of graduates suggests that the relationships we form in life lead to happiness. Subjects who had happy and meaningful relationships with family, friends and community were more likely to remain in good overall health later in life. Participants in unhappy relationships were more likely to experience emotional and physical pain.

Regular Exercise

An analysis of several studies on exercise and depression found that regular physical activity can improve mood. The great thing about exercise is the many forms it can take, such as the controlled movements of yoga and Pilates or a regular workout routine. Scientifically, the reason for this is the increased production of the body’s natural feel-good hormones, endorphins, which are linked to regular exercise.

A Positive Mindset

There is something to be said for the power of positive thinking. Happy people have a tendency to see a glass as half full rather than half empty. Even if you experience a setback like losing the winning game or not getting a promotion, you’re likely to save yourself needless stress if you focus your attention on what’s positive instead of dwelling on the negative.

Random Kindness

If you’re really struggling with how to be more positive and happy in your life, do something kind for someone else. Studies show that people who volunteer and participate in various community efforts on a regular basis feel happier. A random of act of compassion can be as simple as offering a kind word to a friend who’s having a bad day or spending some time with an elderly person who’s lonely.

Ultimately, the secret of happiness is to find positive things to do in life. Discover how these habits of happy people can work for you.

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