Here are five things that research has shown can improve happiness:
Be grateful: People who were asked to write letters of gratitude to people who had helped them in some way reported a lasting increase in happiness — over weeks and even months — after implementing the habit. Even when people wrote letters but never delivered them to the addressee, they still reported feeling better afterwards.
Be optimistic: People were asked to visualize an ideal future and describe the image in a journal entry. After doing this for a few weeks, these people too reported increased feelings of well-being.
Count your blessings: People who practice writing down three good things that have happened to them every week show significant boosts in happiness. The act of focusing on the positive helps people remember reasons to be glad.
Use your strengths: Another study asked people to identify their greatest strengths, and then to try to use these strengths in new ways. This habit, too, seems to heighten happiness.
Commit acts of kindness: It turns out helping others also helps ourselves. People who donate time or money to charity, or who altruistically assist people in need, report improvements in their own happiness.
That was an article from msnbc.com Health.
I thought I would now give you 5 things that make me happy.
They may not be what makes YOU happy but they might just make you think, “Hey, yes that does make me feel good too.” Here goes…
1. The smell of freshly mown grass. (The mower man next door is mowing the grass and it reminded me) I just love it. Whenever I pass a newly mown lawn I take a deep breath.
2. A good belly laugh. I love it when you are with friends and you laugh at something that makes tears come to your eyes.
3. A good movie. I love walking out of the theatre and feel I have been entertained and lost myself in a story for 2 hours. I haven’t seen too many of those lately though.
4. Riding my Motorcycle. The reason I love this so much is I love the feeling of the freedom of it. I love that I am exposed to the wind, the sun and in a way, being alone.
5. The love of my grandchildren. I love listening to their conversations. I love to hear them laugh. I love their judgement of a situation as it comes from an innocent heart. In fact I have to tell you a story about my granddaughter…
Anyway my Granddaughter sprung me. She exclaimed, “Nana you are going to get black lungs.” She thought for a minute then gave me a hug and said, “Oh well, I guess it doesn’t matter because you are old.” As she was walking away she turned to me and said, “Have you done your bucket list yet?” She is 8 years old.
I thought that was a treasure.
So there are my ‘5 things that make me happy.’