7 Ways to Increase Your Happiness

We all want happiness in life, but if it were easy, we’d be happy 100 percent of the time. However, it turns out from research that sadness actually makes moments of happiness that much sweeter, rather than us living absolutely perfect lives. Yet even with a mixture of happiness and sadness, some people still come out on top, reporting more happiness than others. What’s their secret?

1. In Pursuit of the Wrong Happiness

Many people are unhappy simply because they’re chasing after the wrong things. Let’s set the record straight once and for all. There’s living above poverty level, and then there’s add-ons: money, food, sex, televisions and fancy cars cannot, will not, and never have been able to produce happiness. True happiness comes from finding your purpose, which can be as simple as engaging in something you enjoy every day.

2. Can’t Buy Happiness, But You Can Buy Happy Memories

While money certainly won’t buy you happiness, research suggests that the best way to use your money to help promote happiness is to spend it on experiences. Visiting Yellowstone, learning to fly a plane or donating to charities all create the type of memories that will be looked back upon with happy thoughts.

3. Manufacture Your Own Happiness

We are in charge of our own happiness because we are in charge how we choose to interpret life. Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, tells us that our advanced brains have the capacity to build happiness out of any outcome, especially when we have no other choice. Studies show that people will actually develop positive feelings towards choices they’ve made, even if the alternatives may have been more desirable (i.e., “I’m glad I quit law school to become a struggling artist”). In other words, we have the innate gift to manufacture happiness, when our only other option is disappointment and sadness.

4. Think Happy Thoughts

This may sound obvious, but research suggests that we can control up to 42 percent of our happiness by choosing to focus on the good things in life. Instead of being envious of what others have over you, the happy thinker is grateful for what they have, which may include anything from health to family and friends.

5. Correction… Make That Fast, Creative, and Happy Thoughts

A new study from Princeton and Harvard suggests that thinking fast, creative thoughts, such as when writing a journal or working on a crossword puzzle, helps to create positive, energetic moods. The worst kinds of thoughts appear to be slow and repetitive, which would explain why some jobs create more unhappiness than others.

6. Surround Yourself With Friends and Family

Research suggests that one of the most positive influences in our lives from childhood to adulthood is the friends and family we choose to surround ourselves with. Close relationships bring feelings of love, which encourages us to reciprocate those feelings to others, which in turn brings even more love into our lives. Those who choose to alienate themselves from others, also alienate themselves from the possibility of finding happiness.

7. The Turnip Truck is Almost Always Half Overflowing

Optimistic people are happier, healthier, and live longer than their pessimistic cohorts. While some people believe optimism is a born trait, it is actually a learned choice. We can teach ourselves to know that we will be successful, taking into account that things won’t always turn out exactly as planned. We can also teach ourselves to see failure as a learning experience, rather than an invitation to disappointment.

What are your favorite methods to stay in a positive frame of mind?

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14 thoughts on “7 Ways to Increase Your Happiness

  1. Dori

    I read something like this about 6 or 7 years ago. I then tried to start thinking of only the good things in my life. I now find that life is good. I have everything I need and most of what I want. life is good and I am happy. Thank you for that. Have a great day.

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  2. jaydbest

    thank you for all the good advice .fell stock with my self .I just want to love my self but if I don’t share my love to the world , inside me it like I’m just wasting air. .I have faith I know it will change .thank you god blesse this people who help me to open my eye and mine.can’t be perfect but always try my best love your web site <3

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  3. Karel

    Blessed be indeed & halla lulla for happiness is all around us. Especially when we connect to & emanate from our infinite source of & from within. The collective love & joy expands, multiplys, and becomes a beacon of inclusiveness. (#6)

    The entire article resonated with me. During a most trying & difficult time in my life, I found that I was primarily “happy for no reason”. Although these were nerve wrecking, and not easy times, there were many moments of deep gratitude. Always with me was a sense of wonderment, and the consciousness of wanting to understand & invite the lessons to be learned. (#3, 4 & 5)

    Though it has taken time, kindness (of others & self) and the willingness to self reflect & forgive; I’d always the sense that not only would I survive, but that I would become a better version of myself. And that lifes abundant gifts would avail themselves. (#7)

    I was surrounded by some without understanding of how I could be happy & not envious of others under such circumstances. Secretly I felt that I had a sort of gift of intuition, grace & trust in myself & the universe.

    By choosing optimism & graditude for what I had, and the outlook that “the glass is half full”, by pursuing creative outlets of little monetary value, and all mentioned were my salvation & enabled my positive frame of mind. And ultimately developing ennate gifts not previously explored.

    So I thank you for your article Eric. For after all this time later, you have confirmed what I thought I knew. And that is a gift truly unequaled.

    Best Wishes All,
    Karel

    PS: Sun just moved into Sagittarius today, bold expansive energies abound!

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  4. Julie

    this is sooo good thanks it reminded me of what I used to do…..and am now once again doing, what everyone has done through the ages…Dance, loose oneself in the music, sing even when you don’t feel like it by the end you will…..DANCE, SING, Smile and listen to the beat of life and living.

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  7. misskrystalmisskrystal

    Gina Rose, I could not agree with you more. You mention some very important things, that definitely do make a huge difference in happiness and attitude.

    Eric, wonderful article. Thanks.

    Blessings,
    Miss Krystal

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  8. maryannex9146maryannex9146

    Hi, Eric,

    Thanks for a great article that is timely and totally realistic.

    I totally agree that even if we grow up in a “glass half-full” household we can train overselves (over time, of course) to choose optimistic reactions. Remembering, of course, to expect sucess after practice and forgive ourselves if we don’t get it right after the first 3-5 practices:>). This relates to your item #7 in the article.

    Item #6 also resonates for me. Make certain you are surrounding yourself and keeping contact with people who are true friends and positive family members. May I suggest letting a little distance develop between you and those who are negative.

    Have wonderful weekends,

    Maryanne
    x9146

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  9. Jacqueline

    Hi Eric,
    I enjoyed your article, with so many changes that is occurring right now with the economy as well as planet issues, so many are having to evaluate there lives, reevaluating what our priorities truly are, many are deciding to just get off that fast train and choosing simpler lives so that they can develop more quality, healthier relationships to allow themselves to be happy, just be happy.

    Perception is also as you have said very important, as issues may appear to look overwhelming, many times it isnt as bad as it may seem at the time.

    Blessings and Big Hugs!
    Jacqueline x9472

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  10. velvetoversteel

    Another Great article, Eric! You created a wonderful list of 7. (My lucky number too!)

    I agree that if we didn’t have some sadness, we wouldn’t appreciate and be grateful for the good or happy times in our lives. We would take it for granted.

    I loved when you said “the best way to use your money to help promote happiness is to spend it on experiences.” That is so True! Same goes for time spent with your children or someone you love…. those create the memories that we remember. As an example, children won’t remember if they had designer clothes or new carpet in their house growing up; but they will remember the time you spent with them, trips to the park or zoo and vacations are what they are going to remember.

    I know for me personally, writing and blogging can get me in a happy mood right away. There is something about communication and helping others that motives me. I feel that helping people is my Purpose and communication of all types is my Passion for sure! 🙂

    Thanks, Eric!

    Blessings & Hugs,
    Coreen

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  11. Gina Rose ext.9500Gina Rose ext.9500

    Hi ,
    I really liked this article…….two of my own personal favorite sayings are :

    ” It could have been much worse ” ……………. I always can imagine how much worse things could have been…..and then I feel better that they aren’t. ( # 5 & # 7)

    ” If you simply must worry, at least worry about the things you have the power to change, not the things you can’t, at least be productive about it !!!!!!!! ” .
    ……..Everybody worries…..but there is no reason to worry about things you have no control over or can’t change . ( # 1 & #3 )

    #’s 1 & 6 are so important.

    Blessed Be )O(
    Gina Rose ext.9500

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