The Huffington post recently posted this article about the habits of supremely happy people. Most of the time you have to take things on the internet with a grain of salt, but this article seems to be backed by a plethora of research, reporting findings from a few recent studies from the field of Positive Psychology. Being a researcher in clinical psychology, I was always a bit skeptical of this new field of "Positive Psychology" everyone seemed to be talking about. Even just the name seemed to scream "don't take me seriously." But having read a few peer reviewed papers on positive psychology theory, I must admit, I was wrong. We can really learn a lot about how to improve the quality of life for everyone by studying the positive and fulfilling aspects of life.
Here are just a few of the habits that father of positive psychology, Dr. Martin Seligman, has found to be related to increase happiness...
- Surrounding yourself with other positive people
- Smiling when you mean it
- Cultivating resilience
- Trying to be happy
- Being mindful of the good things and appreciating the simple pleasures
- Devoting some of your time to giving and listening to others
- Unplugging, being spiritual and connecting with others on a deeper level
- Looking on the bright side
- Exercising and being outside
Being pampered with facials and beauty tips from a Mary Kay consultant. A good friend won the party and invited me and a few other girls to join her. It was such a great chance to spend time with some good friends I don't get to see too often and of course, get a free facial. I had never actually had a facial before, and my skin felt so amazing afterwards. She even has me partially convinced that being a rep for Mary Kay could be a good side job to support me during grad school.
Healthy Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Muffins. I made these healthy whole wheat pumpkin spice muffins with a spiced glaze for the party. Everyone loved them! Check out my recipes page (when it goes live of course) for the recipe!
What happiness habits do you practice?
Which new behaviors are you going to adopt to increase your happiness?
What's your favorite dessert indulgence?