7 secrets that will make your happiness go out of control

The prince kissed the princess and they lived happily ever after….only in a fairytale?! In her book ‘The How of Happiness’ Sonya Ljubmorski revealed that 40% of our capacity for happiness lies within our own power to change. So who needs a prince or princess if?!

In my post the secret to happiness through they eyes of 250 people living in the 25 happiest countries across the globe I elaborated on the proliferation of definitions of happiness these days and the most know indices for ranking the happiest countries in the world, almost all of them with a quantitative approach.

Besides this, I believe that it is the people who make a country happy, not the numbers. This year we are talking to over 250 people in the 25 happiest countries in the world to better understand what happiness means to people, what makes them happy and what they actively do to achieve happiness.

7 Instant happiness hacks that will increase your happiness and that of the people around you

The following seven happiness hacks can be applied by anyone and have a directl impact on your own happiness and that of the people around you.

#1: Happiness is a skill - up to 40% of our own happiness can be influenced by our own thoughts, behaviours and actions. Yes that’s right. By choosing what we think, act and do we can increase our happiness.

#2": Smiling - even if you are faking - can lead to a noticeable difference in your level of happiness 😁. A smile is beneficial to your health. Smiling may even increase lifespan. Smiling lowers stress hormones and blood pressure. Facial muscles send messages that modify emotional areas of the brain, so stay away from botoxing your smile lines. Surprisingly, smiling stimulates the feel-good areas of the brain more than chocolate and money.

#3: As little as 7 minutes of exercise can be enough to give you a noticeable boost in happiness levels. Even if you don’t have time for a strenuous workout, a quick burst of activity can make a big difference. An extra incentive to have a short work-out, because even if the thought of it is not making you happy, by doing it you will boost your happiness!

#4: Happiness creates success. Most people think success makes you happy, but again according to Sonja Lyubomirsky happiness creates success. Happy people are confident, optimistic, energetic, and sociable. “They are more likely to have fulfilling marriages and relationships, high incomes, superior work performance, community involvement, robust health and even a long life.”

#5: IT IS CONTAGIOUS. So you are capable of infecting others! Because we are all connected, what we feel affects the people we meet. Watch what happens when you smile at someone who passes you by on the street. If you make eye contact, they will probably smile back. You just delivered positive energy into the soul of another person.

#6: Because happiness is contagious, we should choose wisely with whom we hangout. Not only you’re able to infect others, so are others capable of infecting you. Research from Harvard Medical School and the University of California suggests that happiness is influenced by people you know and by the people they know. This also applies for negative emotions and even via social networking, so be careful with who you surround yourself…

#7: The final secret all has to do with relationships. There is a 75-year old study on happiness, that has collected thousands of pages of information on the lives of many people. What are the lessons? Well, the lessons aren’t about wealth or fame or working harder and harder. It’s that good relationships keep us happier and healthier. It turns out that social connections keep us healthier, whilst loneliness is toxic. Not just the body, but also the brains stay healthier. And this does not mean you should have as many social connections as possible, because research shows that it is about the quality, not the quantity.

So now you now all these secrets for lifelong happiness go live happily ever after and go find your prince or princess. Happiness is also something you should share and infect others with!

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