How To Be Happier

There is evidence that feeling happy is probably 50% genetically determined. One way that researchers look at your basic IMG_0951happiness is to note when –  after a positive change – do people adjust. We all seem to have our personal “happy set point”, the level to which we return after good news.

So, to become happier, we have to go to intentional activities. We can look to behavior, cognitive processes and motivations for ideas. Here are some ways to increase your basic happiness level.

Behaviorally……what we do

1. Exercise; it increases good chemicals to the brain.

2. Help others. Do acts of kindness. You will feel more in control, you will reduce any existing guilt, you will feel cooperative and generous. Don’t over do it and look for variety. #1 and #2  are behaviors; they work differently but seem to be activities that increase happiness.

Cognitively….. how we think

3. Practice gratitude. Gratitude reminds us of the good things in our lives. Count your blessings and stop comparing yourself to others. This will decrease your negative emotions.

Motivationally…..

4. Get busy with one or another of your life goals. It will make you feel happier.

5. Be productive. It keeps you hopeful or, at least, moving forward.

6. Envision your best possible future self; maybe 10 years down the road.

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