“Different people seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life..." - Aristotle


More than the fleeting feelings of temporal joy, happiness is a positive emotion many of us strive for in our daily lives. An overall feeling of well-being accompanies happiness, benefitting us physically, spiritually, and emotionally. In The How of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky points to 11 activities that help build happiness:

  • Expressing gratitude
  • Cultivating optimism
  • Avoiding overthinking
  • Practicing acts of kindness
  • Nurturing social relationships
  • Developing strategies for coping
  • Learning to forgive
  • Increasing flow experiences
  • Savoring life’s joys
  • Practicing religion and spirituality
  • Taking care of your body

To assess your happiness, take the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire.

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