15 scientific methods for increasing joy and happiness in your life

happy-peopleDo you want to feel happier, or to be a little bit more accurate, more joyful in your life?

I’ve brought together some of the best articles backed by research that have been proven to help people feel happier and more joyful.

Did you know that Happiness is now a science and a very popular field of study since Professor Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi started the positive psychology movement back in the 60s and 70s. Before Professor Seligman became the President of the American Psychological Association, for 100 papers written on psychology, 99 of them were research on people who were very ill and how to make them adjust to ‘normal’ life. Professor Seligman and his colleagues decided at that point to also start studying what makes normal people become great and above average.

From this, we now have many scientifically proven and very well researched methods for improving our lives from average to exceptional in almost any aspect of your life you would care to imagine. For me, the most important area to work on is = HAPPINESS!

According to Shawn Achor of Harvard University, Happiness = Success, and not the other way around.

For me, this makes a lot of sense. The reason I started a personal life long quest to understand happiness is when I was younger I questioned how successful, rich, famous people who seemed to have everything in life could be so unhappy to the point of committing suicide when there were people living in shanty towns and ghettos or people who had serious illnesses, like locked in syndrome, could be so happy and content. Now, thanks to science, it is clear. Success does not mean you will be happy. And what use is money, riches and fame if you are not happy, right?

HAPPINESS = SUCCESS

NOT

SUCCESS = HAPPINESS

Click on the titles below to link to their articles.

5 ways to build lasting self-esteem

Ted.com

Everyone is in favour of high self-esteem — but cultivating it can be surprisingly tough. Psychologist Guy Winch explains why — and describes smart ways we can help build ourselves up.

  1. Use positive affirmations correctly
  2. Identify your competencies and develop them
  3. Learn to accept compliments
  4. Eliminate self-criticism and introduce self-compassion
  5. Affirm your real worth

4 Lifehacks From Ancient Philosophers That Will Make You Happier

Barking up the wrong tree

You’ve probably heard about Stoics or Stoicism — and most of what you know is wrong. They weren’t joyless bores. The ancient Stoics were the first lifehackers: The Original Gangsters of Making Life Awesome.

  1. What’s The Worst That Could Happen?
  2. As If
  3. Make It A Treat
  4. It’s Okay To Stumble

Positive Psychology and the Science of Happiness

The pursuit of happiness

Recently we have seen a dramatic upsurge in scientific studies on Positive Psychology and the science of happiness or to put it simply, discovering what makes happy people happy. Fortunately, many of these studies point to specific ways of thinking and acting that can strongly impact our sense of well-being and happiness. The resulting discoveries are enriching the practices of counselling, clinical psychology, psychiatry and life coaching.

  1. Relationships – Express your heart
  2. Acts of Kindness – Cultivate kindness
  3. Exercise and Physical Wellbeing – Keep moving and eat well
  4. Flow – Find your flow
  5. Spiritual Engagement and Meaning – Discovering Meaning
  6. Strengths and Virtues – Discover and use your strengths
  7. Positive Mindset: – Treasure gratitude, mindfulness, and hope

The happy secret to better work

Shawn Achor

This is Shawn Achor’s Ted Talk on YouTube. After spending twelve years at Harvard University, Shawn Achor has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His research on mindset made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 13 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. Shawn has lectured or worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as the NFL, the NBA, the Pentagon and the White House. Shawn is the author of New York Times best-selling books The Happiness Advantage (2010) and Before Happiness (2013).

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