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Happiness Project

What is happiness?

Happiness is a state of mind with joy and empowerment, and the more happiness you put out and the more you will get back simply because of the Law of Attraction. Happiness is also a feeling that is always available to you, a feeling of pleasure and contentment.

What are the health benefits of happiness?

Researchers found that happy people are more likely to have stronger immune systems and live longer than pessimists. Happy people also have less depression than unhappy people, as well as greater self-control and coping skills. In addition, happier people are more satisfied with their jobs, thus more happiness leads to higher job productivity and higher income[1].

What would life be like without happiness? How many people can truly say that they are happy especially in this modern society? How to constantly make your life happier and more satisfying?

Here are 13 simple strategies to increase your happiness!

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  1. Create a journal of “Happiness bank”. Write on it every day and make a conscious effort for even small things that makes you smile for a particular day.
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  3. Like attracts like. Every day, try to discover one thing that would make you happier, such as a hug from a friend, a smile from a stranger. If you begin to feel happy now, you will continue to attract more happiness into your life.
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  5. Always remain curious. Make it a priority to laugh, sing, and dance and have some fun every day. You’ll start to feel joyful and enjoy whatever you are doing.
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  7. Let go of the approval from others. Think of how much more you can achieve if you stop letting other people’s opinions control the way you think and behave.
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  9. Stop worrying and judgmental thoughts. If we stop judging and worrying about our own behaviors as we do about others, our lives would be more meaningful and productive.
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  11. Stop living in the past. Learn from the past and move forward. When you live in the past, you hold onto the judgment for yourself and others.
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  13. Forgiveness sets you heart free. When you forgive yourself and others, you empty your space to attract positive thoughts into your mind and bring positive events and happiness to your life.
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  15. Laughing as much and as often as you can. Laughter triggers the release of happiness hormones – endorphins. These endorphins promote the feelings of well-being and contentment[2].
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  17. Tune up the music and start dancing. Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on your mind and body. Physical activities such as dancing increase the production of happy endorphins[3].
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  19. Express your gratitude. Research have shown that people who were in the gratitude condition actually felt 25% happier[4].
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  21. Social network. Researchers indicated that taking control of your happiness can positively affect others and a positive chain reaction can occur in your social environment[5].
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  23. Give hugs! Hugs instantly boost your oxytocin – love hormone level, which helps increase your level of happiness. So take the action today and give hugs to your family and your friends, and spread out happiness and love around the world.
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  25. Enjoy a happy diet. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that increases your level of happiness. Food sources that can help increase the production of serotonin are those high in B-vitamins, Calcium, Magnesium, and Tryptophan. B-vitamins are rich in whole grains, leafy greens, broccoli, beets, legumes, nuts and seeds, dairy products, eggs and meat. Calcium rich foods are dairy products, leafy greens, Tofu, broccoli, almonds, and fish with bones. Magnesium are rich in leafy greens, nuts and seeds, beans and lentils, mackerel fish, shrimp, avocados and dairy products. Tryptophan is the precursor of serotonin, which can be found in a variety of foods, such as turkey, fish, dairy products, eggs, bananas, dark chocolate. Essential fatty acids are necessary for the production of serotonin, especially omega 3 fatty acids, so don’t forget to add foods that are rich in omega-3 fats to your diet, such as flax seeds, salmon and sardine fish.



Make the decision right now that absolutely nothing can stop you from choosing joy and happiness at any given moment. When you realize and accept this, you’ll soon discover a deeper freedom and happiness released from the very core inside you.

Quote

“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” ~ Hugh Downs

References

  1. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/magazine/happiness-stress-heart-disease/
  2. Social laughter is correlated with an elevated pain threshold.R.I.M.Dunbar, Rebecca Baron, etl. August 26, 2011. The Royal Society.
  3. Music for stress and anxiety reduction in coronary heart disease patients. Bradt J, Dileo C. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2009, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD006577 DOI: 0.1002/14651858.CD006577.pub2.
  4. http://www.spring.org.uk/2007/09/practicing-gratitude-can-increase.php
  5. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wired-success/201006/do-social-media-networks-increase-happiness-and-productivity

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