You have the power to make yourself happier. That's what we learned from 13 scientific studies that discovered small changes we can all make to improve our outlook on life. From writing down the good parts of your day to simply smiling, here are a few proactive steps you can take towards becoming a happier you.
For most adults, happiness doesn't just happen automatically. Yet, many of us expect it to be that way. You may dutifully plan out virtually every aspect of your life from your career to what to eat for dinner, and in so doing assume that it will bring you happiness.
This assumption would be incorrect in most cases, however. Because unless you actively pursue it, happiness can be quite elusive. Part of the problem adults have is that, as a child, your parents will ensure your happiness by planning entertainment and making sure you have fun.
Barbara Fredrickson, PhD, a social psychologist, director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of Positivity, pointed out in TIME that even in college, your relationships with friends tend to continue to drive the happiness you experienced as a child.
“But after that, the scaffolding of having …
There are times throughout our lives when we think about how we can change, whether it’s to become a better person or simply just happier in life. I wanted to know how to change my life for both of those reasons, so hopefully this list of 14 changes is as effective as it was with me.
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