Hello Happiness Fans,
Here is this week’s Happiness Report.
I hope you had a great week and you have something relaxing to do for the weekend. Here are a few good stories to make you smile. Let me know if you like them.
12 Steps to Happiness
These 12 steps to happiness were excerpted from the new book, Happiness Power by Robert Gill, Jr. They are simple but critical steps to improving happiness.
Show Generosity by Giving
Research shows that giving is a powerful pathway to personal growth and lasting happiness.
Walk your way to happiness. Being outdoors boosts energy and makes you happier, helping you relieve the everyday stresses of an overscheduled life.
Eat the Right Foods
Learn to eat what makes you feel good in the long-term and don't live by harsh restrictions. Once you do, you will find yourself a happier and healthier individual.
Show appreciation to others by thanking them. It will boost your happiness, too. Expressing gratitude bolsters self-worth, and self-esteem.
Social connections—friendships, relationships with family members, closeness to neighbors, is closely related to well-being and personal happiness.
Exercising will make you happier -- even if you don't like it. It quickly reduces anxiety and depression and increases endorphins – the happiness chemicals.
Experiences provide an emotional high that never fades. The memories of experiences shared with people we love also increase our happiness over time.
When you express the emotion of love you create happiness and joy within yourself.
Studies show that when people donated to charity, the brains' reward system was triggered -- something psychologists call "helper's high."
A study showed that after eight weeks of meditating for approximately one hour a day, six days a week, test subjects reported that they had become happier.
Scientific research shows that setting and working towards goals can contribute to happiness in various ways.
Do What You Love
You don't have to love your job, but you have to derive a certain level of satisfaction from what you do and a feeling of enjoyment during most of the work-day.
Download a colorful infographic of the 12 Happiness Steps here.