How To Be Happier, According to Psychologists

By Brisa Miranda Ramirez

TheGlobeAndMail

For multiple reasons, happiness may seem often elusive- humans are simply not wired that way. 2,000 years ago, Aristotle said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of human existence.” His saying still keeps true today. What is the purpose of life, if not to live a happy life, until we die?

 

1) Be Grateful.

One of the simple ways for a person to have a happier life is to be appreciative of what they have in front of them. Sure, they might not like the side plate that came with their food, but at least they have food. Psychology Today says, “Studies have linked gratitude with increased satisfaction, motivation, and energy.” People who show gratitude increase personal growth and self-acceptance, and stronger feelings of motivation. 

 

2) Focus on the positive.

This step comes along with this one, focusing on the good. The old phrase people have been told when they were little “Is your glass half-empty or half-full?” determines the outlook of one’s life as being either pessimistic or optimistic. Mayo Clinic states, “Some studies show that optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of health and well being. The positive thinking that usually comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management.” By having a positive attitude, it would enhance inner strength and courage.

 

3) Live in the moment.

People are only here for a good time, not a long time. If people want to be happy, they should push themselves out there and see what the world has to offer. While it can be difficult to live in the moment, according to Positive Psychology, being present-minded is “proven to fight anxiety” and lessen worry.  Spending more time with friends and family is highly valuable when it comes in terms of improving happiness. Daniel Gilbert, a social psychologist mentioned, “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.”

 

4) You do you.

Finding one’s purpose, exploring one’s values, and being oneself can improve your happiness. Learning how to express yourself can change your mindset to feel more in control of your life. Jim Rohn remarked, “Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.” In this case, individuals have a purpose in this life, and they can pursue to give their life a greater sense of meaning. The meaning of “You do you” is permission to be yourself, and that means making different choices

 

The appealing thing about being able to control how one feels is that it is free. People can pursue happiness from home or anywhere, in both, the short term and the long term. So, why are people waiting to have a positive outlook and not start now? 

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