By Crista Alvey
The Dalai Lama said, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” And why shouldn’t we pursue happiness? Not only does it feel good, it’s good for us. Positive emotions have been found to reduce the risk of heart disease by 50%. Happy people live longer and have better health. They are also more successful. When we’re positive, our brains are more motivated, engaged, creative, energetic, resilient, and productive.
And the good news is we can control a good amount of our happiness. Although 60% of our happiness is determined by our genes (50%) and our environment (10%), the remaining 40% is up to us: the daily activities and conscious choices we make. So our actions really can make a difference.
So take a few minutes to reflect on six habits that have been scientifically proven to make people happier, and make the decision to add one or more of them to your daily routine. You’ll be happy you did.