Five Things that Will Make Your Much Happier
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What things make people happy?
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What do you think experts say on the topic of happiness?
Are their ideas good to follow? Why or why not?
What do you predict the “five things” will be?
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There’s enough advice on happiness floating around out there to make your head spin. Yet, this is understandable, as everyone is different. What makes one person happy might make another miserable.
In the face of so much contradictory, and often subjective, advice, what are you supposed to do if you want to live a happier life? Just forget about all that subjective advice and focus your energy and attention on science-proven facts.
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” –Dalai Lama
UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has spent a great deal of time studying the effects of different happiness strategies on the brain. His findings have a lot to teach us about what actually works when it comes to boosting happiness.
Korb’s research demonstrated that your thoughts—and the emotions you feel in response to those thoughts—have a profound impact on surprising areas of your brain.
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Author: Dr. Travis Bradberry
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Share your Opinions
Do you agree or disagree with the author’s “five things” for happiness (below)? Why or why not?
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1. Gratitude creates happiness.
2. Labeling negative feelings dilutes their power.
3. Making decisions feels good.
4. It helps you to lend a hand.
5. Our brains are wired for touch.
What are your tips for happiness?
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Some just refer to parts of the brain or chemicals in your body. They are not so common.
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