How to Be a Happier You

TIME recently came out with an article, “15 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Happier” that I wanted to share. As it points out, happiness is something that everyone wants, and it is also something that we have control over achieving.

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We live in a world where the definition of happiness is sometimes distorted and associated with things like wealth, prestige and material possessions. But, it probably comes as no surprise, that those items couldn’t be further from the true meaning of happiness.

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I personally attribute my happiness to the relationships in my life and my own self-worth. I find a lot of happiness and gratification sharing my days with my daughter, spending time with my husband, family and friends, while also pursuing my own passions and hobbies. I wouldn’t be who I am without those things. Showing gratitude – in both words and actions – is an important practice in my life and it’s been proven that it actually leads to increased happiness too.

This infographic below from TIME gives you insight to the “science of happiness” and outlines a few key points:

  • Happy people are healthier people
  • Gratefulness, relationships and new experiences all enhance happiness
  • Resentment, anger, comparison to others, and lack of close relationships kill happiness
  • There are 5 ways you can instantly boost happiness
    • Spend 5 minutes doing something to brighten a loved one’s day
    • Email someone and thank them for something they did for you
    • Have a meaningful conversation with a good friend
    • Take 30 seconds to help someone in need
    • Savor a memory
  • #1 most important factor in achieving happiness: having someone to count on in times of trouble

Wishing you all a happy weekend ahead! We are off to NYC so Chloe can visit her great grandmother and we can introduce her to this amazing city!

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