We want to be happy, but the question is: where do we start?
Perhaps the first thing we could do is approach science to find out what makes happy people happy. Scientists from the research project ' Framingham Hear Study' – in which the University of Boston collaborates – decided to answer this question and studied, for more than 20 years, people who stayed happy longer and this was the first thing they discovered: the happiness is contagious.
So the first habit you will have to foster if you want to be happy will be hanging out with the happiest people you know. A guarantee that will increase the probability that you will be happy in the future. Sounds good to start with, doesn't it?
Here we leave you what according to this and other studies have discovered the art of happiness.
1. The happiest people smile even if they have no reason to. If you have positive thoughts you can cause a smile to come out on your face.
A couple of studies maintain that it is enough to try to be happy to strengthen the emotional well-being, especially in the areas that involve positive emotions.
2. Keep calm in times of crisis. According to the psychologist Peter Kramer, perseverance and happiness are the opposite of depression, because of this, those who know how to recover from adverse situations are much happier than those who at the first change cannot solve a failure.
3. The happiest people like simple pleasures. Something small, simple or insignificant for the rest, can be of great satisfaction for happy people. Making sense of small actions or being grateful for the smallest details is the key.
4. Personal triumphs, almost without exception, fill us with happiness . Celebrating small triumphs such as arriving early for an appointment, finishing a book or reaching your savings for the month can be a source of happiness, do you already have in mind that small triumph that will make your day?
5. Help or do good to others. Happiness can be an endless virtuous circle, in which making someone happy results in another person making another happy and thus, in a chain.
6. They let things flow. Very often we lose the feeling of the passage of time. What we do is so satisfying, that everything else ceases to matter to us, even the passage of minutes.
Engaging in a highly satisfying activity can be a source of happiness.
7. They enjoy the conversation. The journal Psychological Science published a study showing that deep and hearty conversations can provide people with genuine happiness, unlike banal and light talk.
8. Spending money on others promotes happiness. No matter how much money they earn, people are happier when they spend their money on others than when they keep it for themselves.
9. They know how to listen. This can be considered one of the most important abilities of the human being. Listening implies recognizing the existence of the other, respecting their worldview, being willing to know it and learn something from it. Listening requires and builds trust .
10. They do some physical activity daily. It is known that physical exercise releases endorphins, in addition to other neurochemical substances that modify our attitude towards the world, almost always giving us a satisfactory feeling of reality.
Exercise reduces stress and some symptoms of depression, in addition to improving our cognitive abilities and making us appreciate our body more.
Furthermore, as the French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir says:
“Living is the will to live”
Maybe we just need a little will to be happy and follow these tips.
Here the complete sentence:
“Man is neither a stone nor a plant, and he cannot justify himself by his mere presence in the world. Man is man only because of his refusal to remain passive, because of the impulse that projects him from the present to the future and directs him to do things with the purpose of dominating and shaping them. For man, to exist means to reshape existence. Living is the will to live”.