I want to be happier, and it is not that hard!
Wouldn’t you love a real list of things that make you happier? Here’s what scientific research says will work:
1) Thank Someone
First thing in the morning, send an email thanking or praising someone. (Texting is fine, too.)
2) Spend Money — On Someone Else
Harvard professor Michael Norton, author of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending, explains how spending money on other people can generate more happiness than spending on yourself:
3) Give 5 Hugs
People assigned to give or receive hugs 5 times a day ended up happier than the control group.
From Sonja Lyubomirsky’s very interesting book, The How of Happiness:
In a one-of-a-kind study, students at Pennsylvania State University were assigned to two groups. The first group was instructed to give or receive a minimum of five hugs per day over the course of four weeks and to record the details. The…
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