With that in mind, here are nine happiness-promoting behaviors that are backed by science.
1. Relationships are essential:
A major study that followed hundreds of men for more than 70 years found the happiest (and healthiest) were those who cultivated strong relationships with people they trusted to support them.2. Time beats money:
A number of studies have found happier people would prefer to have more time in their lives than more money, and even trying to think that way seems to make people more content.3. But you need enough money to pay the bills without stress:
People's well-being rises with income up to about $75,000, studies have found. (That number probably varies depending on your cost of living.)4. Stop to smell the roses:
People who slow down to reflect on good things in their lives report being more satisfied.5. Perform acts of kindness:
Give your friends a ride to the airport or spend an afternoon volunteering. Some research has shown that people who perform such acts report being happier.6. Regularly break a sweat:
Exercise tends to help fight off mental illness. And studies show that happiness is associated with physical activity; increased levels of activity are even connected to higher levels of happiness.7. Buy fun:
People tend to be happier if they spend their money on experiences instead of things. But researchers have also found that buying things that allow you to have experiences — like a tennis racket or a book — can also increase happiness.8. Learn to be present
at the moment:
Several studies have found that people who practice mindfulness meditation experience greater well-being.9. Spend time with friends, especially close friends who are happy:
Interactions with casual friends can make people happier, and close friendships — especially with happy people — can have a powerful effect on your own happiness as well.Sources: Social Psychology Bulletin
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