Happiness doesn't always come naturally. Sometimes it can take a lot of work! Luckily, all kinds of people are on the job figuring out what kinds of actions we can take to increase our own happiness. Over at Mark and Angel Hack Life, they discuss 12 great tips from positive psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky. Here are two of our favorites:
Savor life’s joys. – Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy. It’s easy in a world of wild stimuli and omnipresent movement to forget to embrace life’s enjoyable experiences. When we neglect to appreciate, we rob the moment of its magic. It’s the simple things in life that can be the most rewarding if we remember to fully experience them.
Commit to your goals. – Being wholeheartedly dedicated to doing something comes fully-equipped with an ineffable force. Magical things start happening when we commit ourselves to doing whatever it takes to get somewhere. When you’re fully committed to doing something, you have no choice but to do that thing. Counter-intuitively, having no option – where you can’t change your mind – subconsciously makes humans happier because they know part of their purpose.
Click here to see all 12; reading them will reinforce the idea that happiness can be cultivated through effort, and though the journey can be difficult, the rewards are huge.