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Happiness We Can Create


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Feeling happy can make a huge difference between what you Can and Cannot do.

A happy face and demeanor stir up our positive emotions. A smile from a stranger in the street ignites our positive thoughts and triggers a smile back, even if it happens inside our minds.

What we need to understand is that Happiness can be generated by us on the daily basis and be used as our internal motivation to life prosperously and in such a giving way.

Here are some ways gathered by Amber Kapor for you to remember – every day – to generate a wealth of Happiness that would make a huge difference in what you do and how life pans out for you and the people around you. A



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  1. CoffeeTime says:

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    In your opinion, What could make any person happy? Give us a few examples, please.

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    • Katrina Angele says:

      Something that can make anyone happy? The simple things in life… a beautiful sunny day, watching someone you love feel accomplished, feeling complemented by someone, inner peace, hearing your favorite song on the radio.

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    Exercise has such a profound effect on our happiness and well-being that it is an effective strategy for overcoming depression. In a study cited in Shawn Achor’s book The Happiness Advantage, three groups of patients treated their depression with medication, exercise, or a combination of the two. The results of this study are surprising: Although all three groups experienced similar improvements in their happiness levels early on, the follow-up assessments proved to be radically different:

    The groups were then tested six months later to assess their relapse rate. Of those who had taken the medication alone, 38 percent had slipped back into depression. Those in the combination group were doing only slightly better, with a 31 percent relapse rate. The biggest shock, though, came from the exercise group: Their relapse rate was only 9 percent.

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    • Katrina Angele says:

      It is so important to stay active. Having first hand experience with depression it’s a 2 way street. You get depressed and become a hermit crab. Just sit around all day. So focusing on being active even when you don’t feel like it really helps in the long run.

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    “We know that sleep helps our body recover from the day and repair itself and that it helps us focus and be more productive. It turns out sleep is also important for happiness.

    In NutureShock, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman explain how sleep affects positivity:

    Negative stimuli get processed by the amygdala; positive or neutral memories gets processed by the hippocampus. Sleep deprivation hits the hippocampus harder than the amygdala. The result is that sleep-deprived people fail to recall pleasant memories yet recall gloomy memories just fine.

    In one experiment by Walker, sleep-deprived college students tried to memorize a list of words. They could remember 81% of the words with a negative connotation, like “cancer.” But they could remember only 31% of the words with a positive or neutral connotation, like “sunshine” or “basket.””

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    “Social time is highly valuable when it comes to improving our happiness, even for introverts. Several studies have found that time spent with friends and family makes a big difference to how happy we feel.

    I love the way Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert explains it:

    We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.

    George Vaillant is the director of a 72-year study of the lives of 268 men.

    In an interview in the March 2008 newsletter to the Grant Study subjects, Vaillant was asked, “What have you learned from the Grant Study men?” Vaillant’s response: “That the only thing that really matters in life are your relationships to other people.””

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    • Katrina Angele says:

      This is something I am working on this year. I let my anxiety and certain health issues cut me off from the world. The one really good friend I have is on the other side of the country. I never thought I missed having friends (always been a loner) but quality interaction opens a person up.

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    “In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor recommends spending time in the fresh air to improve your happiness:

    Making time to go outside on a nice day also delivers a huge advantage; one study found that spending 20 minutes outside in good weather not only boosted positive mood, but broadened thinking and improved working memory…

    This is pretty good news for those of us who are worried about fitting new habits into our already-busy schedules. Twenty minutes is a short enough time to spend outside that you could fit it into your commute or even your lunch break.”

    One more interesting FACT.

    “The American Meteorological Society published research in 2011 that found current temperature has a bigger effect on our happiness than variables like wind speed and humidity, or even the average temperature over the course of a day. It also found that happiness is maximized at 57 degrees (13.9°C), so keep an eye on the weather forecast before heading outside for your 20 minutes of fresh air.”

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    • Katrina Angele says:

      I am so guilty of not going outside enough. We live in a bad area. Shootings and gangs so I tend to stay inside. Going to get our truck worked on with tax money so hopefully I can drive my son to the park or lake more often.

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    “A study of volunteering in Germany explored how volunteers were affected when their opportunities to help others were taken away:

    Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall but before the German reunion, the first wave of data of the GSOEP was collected in East Germany. Volunteering was still widespread. Due to the shock of the reunion, a large portion of the infrastructure of volunteering (e.g. sports clubs associated with firms) collapsed and people randomly lost their opportunities for volunteering. Based on a comparison of the change in subjective well-being of these people and of people from the control group who had no change in their volunteer status, the hypothesis is supported that volunteering is rewarding in terms of higher life satisfaction.

    In his book Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being, University of Pennsylvania professor Martin Seligman explains that helping others can improve our own lives:

    …we scientists have found that doing a kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise we have tested.”

    • Katrina Angele says:

      I have never really volunteered my time too much. I want to set a good example for my son so I think I will start. Plus if it helps me be happy why not?!

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    “Smiling can make us feel better, but it’s more effective when we back it up with positive thoughts, according to this study:

    A new study led by a Michigan State University business scholar suggests customer-service workers who fake smile throughout the day worsen their mood and withdraw from work, affecting productivity. But workers who smile as a result of cultivating positive thoughts–such as a tropical vacation or a child’s recital–improve their mood and withdraw less.

    Of course it’s important to practice “real smiles” where you use your eye sockets. (You’ve seen fake smiles that don’t reach the person’s eyes. Try it. Smile with just your mouth. Then smile naturally; your eyes narrow. There’s a huge difference in a fake smile and a genuine smile.)”

    • Katrina Angele says:

      Another goal for this year is getting my teeth fixed. I tend to hide my smile in certain settings due to feeling embarrassed. Lucky for me I feel comfortable at home so I laugh and smile a lot with out hiding anything

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    “As opposed to actually taking a holiday, simply planning a vacation or break from work can improve our happiness. A study published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life showed that the highest spike in happiness came during the planning stage of a vacation as people enjoy the sense of anticipation:

    In the study, the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for eight weeks. After the vacation, happiness quickly dropped back to baseline levels for most people.”

    • Katrina Angele says:

      I like the idea of planning….not even knowing if it will actually happen. I can see how that makes one happy. Think I’ll start planning our trip to DisneyLand. It may be a few years but it does make me feel good even thinking about it.

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    “Meditation is often touted as an important habit for improving focus, clarity, and attention span, as well as helping to keep you calm. It turns out it’s also useful for improving your happiness:

    In one study, a research team from Massachusetts General Hospital looked at the brain scans of 16 people before and after they participated in an eight-week course in mindfulness meditation. The study, published in the January issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, concluded that after completing the course, parts of the participants’ brains associated with compassion and self-awareness grew, and parts associated with stress shrank.

    Meditation literally clears your mind and calms you down, it’s been often proven to be the single most effective way to live a happier life. According to Achor, meditation can actually make you happier long-term:

    Studies show that in the minutes right after meditating, we experience feelings of calm and contentment, as well as heightened awareness and empathy. And, research even shows that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness.

    The fact that we can actually alter our brain structure through mediation is most surprising to me and somewhat reassuring that however we feel and think today isn’t permanent.”

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    “In an experiment where participants took note of things they were grateful for each day, their moods were improved just from this simple practice:

    The gratitude-outlook groups exhibited heightened well-being across several, though not all, of the outcome measures across the three studies, relative to the comparison groups. The effect on positive affect appeared to be the most robust finding. Results suggest that a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits.

    The Journal of Happiness studies published a study that used letters of gratitude to test how being grateful can affect our levels of happiness:

    Participants included 219 men and women who wrote three letters of gratitude over a 3 week period. Results indicated that writing letters of gratitude increased participants’ happiness and life satisfaction while decreasing depressive symptoms.”


    • Katrina Angele says:

      Funny thing is before my depression really kicked in and I was generally “happy” I constantly showed my friends and family gratitude. From little notes, to cards, flowers, hand crafted gifts. I never connected that with myself being happy.

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    “Researchers, including the authors, have found that older people shown pictures of faces or situations tend to focus on and remember the happier ones more and the negative ones less.

    Other studies have discovered that as people age, they seek out situations that will lift their moods–for instance, pruning social circles of friends or acquaintances who might bring them down. Still other work finds that older adults learn to let go of loss and disappointment over unachieved goals, and focus their goals on greater well being.”

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