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10 Ways To Focus On Happiness

Do you ever wonder why some people always appear to be happy and others are never quite content? These 10 ways to focus on happiness are written by Paula Davis-Laack, J.D., M.A.P.P for Psychology Today. She actually presents them as things that happy people do differently having spent years studying thousands of people. See you many of these you can tick off as things you already do, or are present in your life..

10 Ways To Focus On Happiness

Ways To Focus On Happiness1)  They build a strong social fabric. Happy people stay connected to their families, neighbors, places of worship, and communities. These strong connections act as a buffer to depression and create strong, meaningful connections. The rate of depression has increased dramatically in the last 50-75 years. The World Health Organization predicts that by 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of mortality in the world, impacting nearly one-third of all adults (Murray & Lopez, 1996). While several forces are likely behind this increase, one of the most important factors may be the disconnection from people and their families and communities.

2)  They engage in activities that fit their strengths, values and lifestyle. One size does not fit all when it comes to happiness strategies. You tailor your workout to your specific fitness goals – happy people do the same thing with their emotional goals. Some strategies that are known to promote happiness are just too corny for me, but the ones that work best allow me to practice acts of kindness, express gratitude, and become fully engaged. Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky offers a wonderful Person-Activity Fit Diagnostic in her book, The How of Happiness (Lyubomirsky, 2007)

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So which of these 10 Ways To Focus On Happiness already apply to you? Which of these do you think you are actively engaging in on a day to day basis? I quite liked the second point here – focusing on strengths, values and lifestyle. In today’s world, I fear only a small proportion of the population focus on their strengths, certainly in their jobs. In my opinion, this is why I think many people are unhappy. People drift from job to job, seeking out a better opportunity each time, time and time again, and then have a midlife crisis realising that they’ve spent the last X number of years in a job which is so far removed from their innate strengths and talents that they don’t know what to do with themselves. That’s the problem with society – no one’s encouraged to work to their true strengths. We’re educated to all be the same, and to get a “decent job”, we need a degree, but everyone has one of those now, so where a degree was sufficient 10 years ago, you now need a masters. But now, loads of people have masters, so you need an MBA, then PHD etc.  Creativity expert, Sir Ken Robinson calls this “Academic Inflation”- we’re all completed educated out of our creativity (as we were all born creative, FACT). I’d highly recommend his book, The Element actually. It’ll get you thinking and inspired to be creative.

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