Scientists have found that although our genes and circumstances matter, a huge proportion of the variations in happiness between us come from our choices and activities.
So although we may not be able to change our inherited characteristics or the circumstances in which we find ourselves, we still have the power to change how happy we are — by the way we approach our lives. Action for Happiness has identified 10 keys to happier living , based on an extensive review of the latest research about what really helps people flourish.
Caring about others is fundamental to our happiness. It makes us happier and can help to improve our health. Giving also creates stronger connections between people and helps to build a happier society for everyone.
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So if you want to feel good, do good. Our relationships with other people are the most important thing for our happiness. People with strong relationships are happier, healthier and live longer. Our close relationships with family and friends provide love, meaning, support and increase our feelings of self-worth. Our broader social networks bring a sense of belonging. Our body and mind are connected. Being active makes us happier as well as healthier.
It instantly improves our mood and can even lift us out of depression. We can also boost our wellbeing by spending time outdoors, eating healthily, unplugging from technology and getting enough sleep. Have you ever felt there must be more to life? Good news — there is. We just need to stop and take notice. It helps us get in tune with our feelings and stops us dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Learning affects our wellbeing in lots of positive ways.
It exposes us to new ideas and helps us stay curious and engaged. It also gives us a sense of accomplishment and helps boost our self-confidence and resilience. There are many ways to learn new things throughout our lives, not just through formal qualifications. We can share a skill with friends, join a club, learn to sing, play a new sport and so much more.
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Feeling good about the future is really important for our happiness. We all need goals to motivate us and these have to be challenging enough to excite us, but also achievable. If we try to attempt the impossible, this creates unnecessary stress.
Choosing meaningful but realistic goals gives our lives direction and brings a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when we achieve them. All of us have times of stress, loss, failure or trauma in our lives. How we respond to these events has a big impact on our wellbeing. We often cannot choose what happens to us, but we can choose how we react to what happens. They also help us perform better, broaden our perception, increase our resilience and improve our physical health. But so often we compare a negative view of ourselves with an unrealistic view of other people. Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.
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