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The Psychology of Happiness

James Montier gives us the following tips for Being Happy!

The top ten list for improving happiness (in no particular order):

1) Don’t equate happiness with money.
People adapt to income shifts relatively quickly, the long lasting benefits are essentially zero.

2) Exercise regularly.
Regular exercise is an effective cure for mild depression and anxiety. It also stimulates more energy, and is good for the mind and body.

3) Have sex
Ppreferably with someone you love! Need I say more?

4) Devote time and effort to close relationships.
Confiding and discussing problems and issues is good for happiness, so work on these relationships.

5) Pause for reflection, meditate on the good things in life.
Focusing on the good aspects of life helps to prevent hedonic adaptation.

6) Seek work that engages your skills, look to enjoy your job.
Doing well at work creates happiness, and the easiest way of doing well at work, is doing a job you enjoy.

7) Give your body the sleep it needs.
Too many people have a sleep deficit, resulting in fatigue, gloomy moods and lack of concentration.

8) Don’t pursue happiness for its own sake, enjoy the moment.
Because people don’t understand what makes them happy, pursuing happiness can be self-defeating. Additionally, if people start to aim for happiness they are doing activities for happinessÕs sake rather than actually enjoying the activity itself.

9) Take control of your life, set yourself achievable goals.
People are happiest when they achieve their aims, so set yourself goals which stretch you, but are achievable.

10) Remember to follow rules 1-9.
Following these guidelines sounds easy, but actually requires willpower and effort.

Let’s leave the last words to Adam Smith (quoted in Adam Smith, Behavioural Economist by Ashraf et al (2004) from the Theory of Moral Sentiments):

Through the whole of his life he pursues the idea of a certain artificial and elegant repose which he may never arrive at, for which he sacrifices a real tranquillity that is at all times in his power, and which, if in the extremity of old age he should at last attain to it, he will find to be in no respect preferable to that humble security and contentment which he had abandoned for it. It is then, in the last dregs of life, his body wasted with toil and disease, his mind galled and ruffled by the memory of a thousand injuries and disappointments which he imagines he has met with from the injustice of his enemies, or from the perfidy and ingratitude of his friends, that he begins at last to find that wealth and greatness are mere trinkets of frivolous utility, no more adapted for procuring ease of body or tranquillity of mind, than the tweezer-cases of the lover of toys.

Source : www.drkwresearch.com

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