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I’ve written a number of blogs on happiness over the years. All have been useful reminders that, although a happy, healthy childhood and a genetic tendency toward happiness (called resilience) are important, our every day choices are major contributors to our moods. Here are highlights of what an AARP article says about happiness, (“A conversation with researcher and author Sonja Lyubomirsky,” AARP Bulletin by Hugh Delehanty 6/2016, p. 30).
What are five things that make you happy, especially activities that put you in a state of flow or bliss? Do more of those activities to enhance your mood. Name five people who make you happy when you have contact with them, and seek them out in person, by email or phone, or through texting. What five places (near or far) make you happy to be in them? Spend more time there. We’re not talking rocket science here. Everyone can answer these questions and find ways to be happier.
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