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It used to be thought that a person’s happiness level was set and not easily changeable. But promising research suggests there are easy things people can do to improve their mental outlook and be happier.

Woman tickled pink over happiness study
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https://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20061124.whappiness24/BNStory/specialScienceandHealth/home

Dr. Diet weighs in:

Across the country and around the world, researchers are actively testing some new happiness boosting theories that show preliminary promise.

Happiness can be measured as how people feel throughout the day or as their overall satisfaction with life.

Here’s a sampling of the current research being studied that was discussed in this article regarding what people can do to get happier:

--One study has people doing this exercise: each night before going to bed, think of 3 good things that happened that day and think about why they occurred. One person interviewed who used this technique reported feeling happier and sleeping better. Rather than focusing on daily disappointments, this exercise helps people to focus on the positive.

--Identify your personal strengths such as the ability to find humor, your love of learning, curiosity or appreciation of beauty. Then, apply one or more of your strengths in a new way every day for a week.

--Savor the pleasing things in your life such as a warm shower or a good breakfast.

--Write down what you want to be remembered for " and then bring your daily activities in line with this list.

--For 10 weeks, regularly practice random acts of kindness such as holding doors open for strangers or doing a roommate’s dishes; the idea was to improve your self image and interactions with others.

Though some of these things may seem too simple to really make a difference in your happiness level, the first 2 exercises were tested on 500 people who visited a website called Authentic Happiness and researchers found that these 2 exercises increased happiness and reduced depressive symptoms for the 6 months they were tracked.

Now that’s something to be happy about.




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