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What makes happy people happy?
June 19, 2023 

Even as children, we’re taught to recognize and celebrate feelings of happiness—and it’s no wonder. Not only is happiness one of the most positive emotions we can experience, but being happy is also the key to a fulfilled, healthy life. Cheeriness is linked to living longer, how hard we work, physical function as we age, and an improved immune system, among other health benefits.

After researching the “Science of Happiness,” we found five really helpful takeaways that we’d like to share in the hope they can bring a bit more joy to your life.

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5 Steps to a Happier Life
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1. Notice & Savour

Think of three things that went well today. 

Consider why they happened.

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2. Mindful Breathing

Focus only on the flow of your breathing.

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3. Write a Gratitude Letter

Write a letter thanking someone.  

Hand deliver it, and read it aloud.

Bring tissues — it's okay to cry.

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4. Random Acts of Kindness

Do five nice things for someone.

Note how each makes you feel.

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5. Active Listening

Refrain from talking.

Ask Questions. Express empathy.

Avoid judgment or giving advice.

Further Reading
Courses + Sites
Greater Good Science Center

Based at the University of Berkeley, California studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

The Science of Happiness Course

First MOOC to teach positive psychology. Learn science-based principles and practices for a happy, meaningful life.

Positive Psychology Center

Scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.

Authentic Happiness Website

Website providing free resources where people can learn about Positive Psychology through readings, videos, research, opportunities, conferences, questionnaires with feedback and more.

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