How to maintain happiness
Positive psychology, "the science of optimal human functioning" (Dr Tony Grant, "Positive Psychology"), is a huge emerging field today, and with good reason. As humans, each and every one of us are wired to want to be happy. But in the fast-paced life so many of us live, any happiness experienced is often fleeting or short-lived. But there are ways to keep that happiness for the long run. So here are 6 scientifically tested and proven steps to maintain happiness:
1. Take the time to smell the roses
Studies show that people who took the time to stop and appreciate the pleasant little things in life showed significant rises in happiness levels compared to those who take these little pleasures in life for granted.
2. Be grateful
At the end of each day, write down 3 things that happened that you are grateful for, and why. Focusing on the good things in your life will navigate your thoughts away from the negative. Studies show that people who carry out this particular exercise show significantly higher happiness levels than those who do not.
3. Have meaningful goals
In the words of Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener, "As humans, we actually require a sense of meaning to thrive". Striving to accomplish these goals, and seeing these righteous goals be accomplished, provides a sense of fulfilment and happiness.
Smiling releases endorphins, 'feel-good' chemicals. We smile when we're happy, and we're happy when we smile. So smile, even if you don't feel like it, and you'll find that you already feel happier.
5. Do kind things for others
Volunteer, donate, do thoughtful things for others, and you will find yourself feeling satisfied, fulfilled, and happy about yourself.
6. Surround yourself with loving friends and family
As human beings, relationships are very important to us. Having understanding and caring loved ones to support us at all times is extremely beneficial to ones happiness and wellbeing. Remember to always be grateful for these loved ones, and to express this gratefulness regularly.