Happiness is a Personal Skill

I LOVED this SUCCESS article describing the steps to happiness.

“The only way to BE happy is to GIVE happy.” Chris Brady

My biggest personal feeling about Happiness is that you can’t seek or chase the emotion in people, places or things.  Happiness is not really tangible.  It is a learned skill, an attitude, a way of life.  It’s a great exercise to practice every day, especially in the lives of others by following 10 simple steps.

Follow these 10 steps—an easy acronym, GREAT DREAM—to sprinkle some happy into your life and the lives of others.

1. GIVING

Do things for others.

Caring about others is fundamental to our happiness. Helping other people is not only good for them and a great thing to do, but it also makes us happier and healthier, too. Giving also creates stronger connections between people and helps to build a happier society for everyone. And it’s not all about money—we can also give our time, ideas and energy. So if you want to feel good, do good!

What are your most important goals?

2. RELATING

Connect with people.

Relationships are the most important overall contributor to happiness. People with strong and broad social relationships are happier, healthier and live longer. Close relationships with family and friends provide love, meaning and support, and increase our feelings of self-worth. Broader networks bring a sense of belonging. So taking action to strengthen our relationships and create new connections is essential for happiness.

Who matters most to you?

Related: 5 Ways to Amplify the Good Life

3. EXERCISING

Take care of your body.

Our body and our mind are connected. Being active makes us happier as well as being good for our physical health. It instantly improves our mood and can even lift us out of a depression. We don’t all need to run marathons; there are simple things we can all do to be more active each day. We can also boost our well-being by unplugging from technology, getting outside and making sure we get enough sleep!

How do you stay active and healthy?

4. APPRECIATING

Notice the world around you.

Ever felt that there must be more to life? Well, good news, there is! And it’s right here in front of us. We just need to stop and take notice. Learning to be more mindful and aware can do wonders for our well-being in all areas of life—like our walk to work, the way we eat or our relationships. It helps us get in tune with our feelings and stops us dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, so we get more out of the day-to-day.

When do you stop and take notice?

5. TRYING OUT

Keep learning new things.

Learning affects our well-being in lots of positive ways. It exposes us to new ideas and helps us stay curious and engaged. It also gives us a sense of accomplishment and helps boost our self-confidence and resilience. There are many ways to learn new things—not just through formal qualifications. We can share a skill with friends, join a club, learn to sing, play a new sport and so much more.

What new things have you tried recently?

6. DIRECTION

Have goals to look forward to.

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