Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wellness Wednesday - Increasing Happiness

While a tendency to be mostly happy (or not!) appears to have been 60% determined at birth, there are a number of things you can do to improve your emotional state.

  • Spend time with friends and family. Strong ties will boost your overall mood.
  • Spread your time and talents around. Charity work will make you feel better about your life.
  • Use your money on experiences rather than things. Events make you happy, not possessions.
  • Wait a while--life satisfaction increases as you age. 
  • When you plan to do something, remember that pleasure, engagement and meaning are what improve the moment.
  • Remember that your circumstances don't determine your mood--lottery winners are not happier than the rest of us. 
What do you do to increase your levels of happiness?