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  • How to be happy is a powerful question to ask.

  • So I contacted the psychologists and experts in the science of happiness over at Happify

  • to give me their best answerand man, did they deliver!

  • Our personal definitions of happiness might differ, but scientists view happiness as a

  • combination of:

  • How satisfied you are with your life, and how good you feel on a daily basis.

  • It varies from person to person, but approximately 40% of your happiness is controlled by your

  • thoughts, actions and behaviours, 50% is genetically determined, and 10% is determined by your

  • circumstances.

  • Contrary to popular belief, we get used to our circumstances over time, so they don’t

  • play as large a role in our happiness level as we might think.

  • Happiness is a skill you can build with consistent practice.

  • You have the ability to control how fulfilling your life is!

  • Keep in mind that happiness is not:

  • About feeling hunky-dory all the time

  • It’s not having all the money you could ever want;

  • It’s not about refusing to see the negative stuff in the world;

  • And it’s not a final destination either.

  • Happy people are healthier people because they:

  • Have lower rates of cardiovascular disease;

  • They have better immunity;

  • They heal faster after injuries;

  • Theyre more likely to have a healthier diet, and they live longer too.

  • It’s also healthier to have steady levels of moderate happiness over time than spikes

  • of extreme happiness.

  • And your happiness isn’t just about you.

  • Happy people:

  • Are more productive at their study or jobs;

  • They typically have deep relationships with others;

  • They help other people and volunteer more;

  • Theyre more likely to donate money to charity;

  • And theyre more creative problem solvers.

  • You can increase your happiness in the long term by:

  • Nurturing relationships;

  • Having new experiences;

  • Helping others;

  • Or just by being grateful for what you have.

  • You can get even more happiness out of a good experience by savouring it:

  • Use all your senses.

  • Pay attention to sights, sounds, smells and feelings.

  • Pay attention to the little details of a great experience.

  • Share it with someone else.

  • And linger and dwell on the moment too.

  • Savoring experiences makes us happier, more grateful and more hopeful while reducing levels

  • of stress, guilt and depression.

  • Good experiences strengthen the parts of the brain connected with happiness.

  • 3 things that will kill your happiness over time are:

  • Comparing yourself to others;

  • A lack of close friendships;

  • Or holding onto resentment.

  • People whove experienced some adversity in life are actually happier than those whove

  • never experienced any.

  • After adversity, once weve got some distance and perspective, making sense of our life’s

  • challenges helps us to:

  • Shape our identities; increase our resilience; cope better with current stressors; and become

  • more optimistic about the future.

  • Feeling connected to a deeper purpose, mission or direction in life is key for our well-being.

  • People who report having more meaning in their lives are more likely to have stable moods

  • and show sociable behaviour.

  • People of all ages report being happier when they have more meaning in their lives.

  • Different ways people can find more meaning are:

  • Through a fulfilling career.

  • People who find meaning at work show more motivation and engagement on the job.

  • Raising children.

  • 85% of parents think that their children bring them the most happiness and fulfilment of

  • any relationship.

  • Through spirituality or religion.

  • Studies show that Americans who are spiritual or religious tend to be happier.

  • Besides meaning, it also gives people a built-in social network.

  • And you can also get more meaning by pursuing goals that align with your core values.

  • Goals that include commitment to something outside yourself, such as friends, family

  • or community, and goals that promote life satisfaction.

  • Make Time for Friends!

  • On days when people spend 6-7 hours with friends or family, theyre 12 times more likely

  • to report feeling happy rather than stressed.

  • People who work full-time experience the most happiness on days when they spend 8-9 hours

  • with friends and familyso make the most of your weekends!

  • Being intentionally grateful is very powerful too.

  • Well known researcher Brene Brown saidIn 12 years of research, I have never interviewed

  • a single person with the capacity to really experience joy who does not also actively

  • practice gratitude”.

  • In one study, people who wrote down things they were grateful for once a week for six

  • weeks felt happier and less depressed for up to 6 months; they reported better sleep

  • quality; and they were more likely to engage in healthy behaviors like exercise.

  • Here are 5 Ways to instantly boost your happiness:

  • Spend 5 minutes doing something to brighten the day of someone you love.

  • 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 who needs it.

  • Or just savor a memoryclose your eyes and relive the happiest moment of your life.

  • Some other tips are to get into a ‘flow stateby engaging in an activity that’s

  • enjoyable, requires a degree of skill, and is just enough of a challenge that you can

  • feelin the zone’, and lose all sense of time.

  • People who regularly practice mindfulness meditation have increased activity in the

  • left prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain responsible for calm and happiness.

  • And it helps to practice empathy.

  • Take someone else’s point of view.

  • When others feel understood, you have a chance to build intimacy and wellbeing.

  • When we compare countries, here are the things that correlate with higher happiness.

  • GDP per capita.

  • Freedom to make life choices.

  • Generosity.

  • And longevity.

  • But the most important factor researchers found is: social support, or having someone

  • to count on in times of trouble.

  • Remember that happiness is like a skill you can get better at.

  • If you’d like to learn how to build skills for a happier life, head over to visit my

  • friends at happify.com or download their iPhone or android app.

  • And if having better memorization skills would make you happy, start by clicking the link

  • on the screen now and checking out the free training at Memorize Academy.

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  • Thanks for watching, bye!

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