If you find yourself feeling low, follow these ‘Six Habits of Happiness’ from the UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center to inject some feel-good factors in your life.
- Pay attention
Mindful people have a stronger immune system and are less likely to be hostile or anxious.
- Keep friends close
Social connections are key to happiness. But it’s quality over quantity, so make time for those closest to you.
- Give thanks
Regularly expressing gratitude promotes optimism, better health and greater satisfaction with life.
- Drop grudges
By forgiving those who have wronged us, we feel better about ourselves, experience more positive emotions and feel closer to others.
- Get moving
Regular exercise increases self-esteem and reduces anxiety and stress.
- Practice kindness
Selfless acts light up the same pleasure centers in the brain as food and sex.
- This list can also be found in Issue 20.
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