9 Simple Steps To Happiness

By Kate Lowenstein, Health.com

SFI can bring happiness


Another SFI proof of a happy life


 1. Buy some bliss

"Purchasing things like televisions, clothes and coffee machines won't make you happier overall -- but buying experiences maximizes happiness," says Michael Norton, associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School and co-author of the book, "Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending."

2. Getting older

Happiness dips when women are about 40 and comes roaring back as they approach 50, finds a study of 500,000 women and men in 72 countries.

3. Forget self-improvement

Basking in what's already great about yourself is a more effective route to joy than trying to fix what's not, says Willibald Ruch, a professor of psychology at the University of Zurich who studies character strengths and happiness.

4. Make tough stuff work

"It's often negative experiences that help us grow and learn, which is vital for being happy," says Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology at the University of California in Riverside and author of the book, "The Myths of Happiness."

5. Spend 21 minutes focusing on your relationship

"Couples who evaluated their relationship had less argument-induced stress -- and significantly higher levels of happiness and passion than those who didn't quiz themselves..."

6. Try a tearjerker

"The sadness that you feel as a result of watching unfulfilled love, for instance, can spur you to think about your relationships -- and appreciate what you have."

7. Love your commute

"People who walk or bike to the office may be happier than those who drive or take the bus, finds a 2012 study of 800 people in Portland, Oregon."

8. Take credit for giving

"While giving to charity brings more happiness than spending money on yourself, our research finds that doing things for people you know makes you happiest,"

9. Fake it until you feel it

"When you're bummed out, the mere act of smiling can cheer you up. The reasons for this effect have yet to be pinpointed, but one study at the University of Kansas in Lawrence reveals that flashing a grin slows down your heart rate during stress and chills you out."

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The Laptop Millionaire Thought of the Day dated 21 June 2013

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