Happiness as Part of Well-being

This is linked with positive psychology.

Research has looked at the habits of happy people and found 7 insights to improve happiness, ie

i) understand your mind has its own perceptions of reality (eg, your mind assumes that money buys happiness. Yet US research shows earning over $US 75,000 annually does not increase happiness. Despite this, we are motivated to earn more money that allows us to buy more material goods that we incorrectly assume that this will improve our happiness, ie materialism/consumerism actually decreases happiness)

ii) realise the importance of social connection (as we are social animals, being in regular contact and having meaningful conversation with other people will improve happiness)

iii) focus on helping others (making others happy helps improve your own happiness)

iv) show gratitude (thanking others regularly increases both your own and the recipient's happiness; focus on positives; there is evidence that productivity will double, if levels of gratitude are appropriately raised in the workplace)

v) display presence (being in the present moment will increase happiness; how you feel right now; use activities, like active meditation; be careful of 'mind wandering' which everyone does around 50% of their time!!!)

vi) perform healthy routines (mental and physical; suitable diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep all have impacts on your health and happiness)

vii) aim for time affluence (become wealthy in available time, not money; most of us are time-poor and live in a 'time famine')

To increase your happiness, you need to practice these insights so that the brain is rewired and they become habits.

This is the basis of the most popular course ever at Yale University (USA).

(source: Laurie Santos, 2019)


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