I write a lot about happiness, have even written a book on it. People ask me all the time about what makes me happy. I believe there is an infinite supply of happiness-creating occurrences.
But when my daughter passed away in September 2018, happiness went with her.
Grief bursts the balloon of happiness.
So, I remembered something that always makes me laugh. It’s a scene near the end of the 1951 film Scrooge, starring Alastair Sim. The hilarity ensues at about the 3:00 minute mark.
Next, a good glass of wine makes me happy. But it’s not just the alcohol content. It’s the mindful experience of enjoying a glass that will make you happy. Just follow my seven steps of wine tasting: see, swirl, sniff, sip, swallow, savor, and share.
Third, is doing random acts of kindness. Science supports the theory that doing for others can help increase your production of nature’s happiness drugs: serotonin and dopamine. When focused on someone else, it’s hard to feel sorry for yourself.
Researchers determined that for every 50 minutes of exercise added each week, the rate of depression fell by half. So, if you aren’t exercising at all, basically one hour of exercise per week is all it takes.
Finally, I’ll let you in on my secret: gratitude is the shortest path to happiness. Gratitude is really nothing more than recognizing and appreciating the positive things around you.
Just by changing your focus to notice your blessings — the things you have rather than the things you don’t have — can profoundly affect your mood, as well as your physical health. So, when I’m feeling sad, I’ll start listing things for which I’m grateful.
There you have my five things that can make you happy. What do you have to add to the list?