“How to Be Happy” describes research done by behavioral (psychological) scientists who study what helps people to be happy. They find that happiness does just come on it’s own, and there are some things that people can do to increase their happiness – or least the chances of being happier. Of course, there are some things that reduce changes of happiness, too. The article discusses three categories of happiness resources: mind, body and environmental changes.
Here are the topics covered by the article:
- Watch out for negative thinking, and alter it.
- Use controlled (deep, soothing) breathing.
- “Rewrite your story.”
- Get moving.
- Practice optimism.
- “Find a happy place.”
- Connect with optimistic, happy people and communities.
- Spend more time in nature.
- Make your environment more comfortable – declutter it.
- Make your bedroom a soothing, comfortable and happy place.
- Get a pet.
- People who are not married, not in a relationship, can still be happy.
MHConcierge’s take: this is an excellent summary of what behavioral/psychological research tells us about “do-able” things that people can work on to improve their happiness. It can be used as a resource for therapists, and the link to the article could be shared with patient/clients working on improving their happiness.
The article is available for free online, but it you view several articles per month on this site you may need to subscribe to the New York Times to access it.