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What strategies do you find most effective for boosting happiness?

Here at The Happiness Institute we're well aware of what the Positive Psychology research has found regarding the efficacy of various interventions; which is all well and good...but we want to know WHAT YOU THINK and we want to know WHAT YOU FIND HELPFUL. So enter your "ideas" below, try out other people's suggestions, and then vote so we can learn what the most popular Positive Psychology Interventions (or happiness boosters) are!


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Ideas
Pros and cons
 
Votes
Physical Exercise
by Dr. Happy
 
Exercise has stood me in good positive stead for many years
by Peter Perkins
1
 
There is a connection between physical and mental well being. Exercise is key
by Margsha
1
 
I always feel calm and relaxed after excercise. I find I think more clearly after excercise
by Mark Graydon
1
 
Nothing clears the head like physical exertion. Always feel clearer and more positive afterwards.
by Michelle
 
31

Gaylene Foster, Mark Casswell, Margaret and 28 more

Practicing appreciation and gratitude
by Dr. Happy
 
You can't always be grateful, especially when life is fickle and tragedy strikes
by Arielle Nakache-Moulay
 
Find the silver lining in a cloud especially when tragedy strikes. Be grateful for life - breathe.
by Margaret Shafer
2
 
When tragedy strikes look for the deeper meaning. Perhaps the moment requires you inner work.
by C.Om
 
i am always grateful for my family and friends who have supported me through my depression.
by Robin Lesley Swan
 
Gratitude is a gift. If you cant see the gift in life's lessons......Life becomes hard.
by Del
 
My past tragedies have taught me to live in the moment and practice gratitude daily.
by Anjali
1
 
best gift I've ever rec'd is my Gratitude Journal - instant positivity!
by Flavia
 
Happiness is a journey not the destination.
by Andrew
 
Whenever I feel down, in my head I list 3 things I am grateful for.
by Kellie Walden Tabone
1
 
Dr John DeMartini states that there is ALWAYS a silver lining, you just have to dig deep to find it!
by Patti Pokorchak
1
 
I thanked God for my day ... and I got another one!
by Carmel
21

Ruth, Nmarelle3, Natalie and 18 more

Spending time in nature, bush walking or gardening
by Sue Johnson
 
I have now learn't to appreciate the beauty of nature.
by Robin Lesley Swan
2
 
This time allows us to become grounded with the beauty around us, that we tend to take for granted.
by Del
2
 
This is a great destressor, too
by Ros
 
Horticultural therapy is the oldest in the world! Nuff said! Go get lost in the woods-in a nice way!
by Patti Pokorchak
1
19

Mark Hansen, Margaret, 16ljhayes and 16 more

Having fun
by Dr. Happy
 
Too often we get caught up in responsiblities and the 'shoulds' of life. Having fun counters that.
by Sapwellba
2
 
I find watching and listening to a live band really makes me feel happy.
by Robin Lesley Swan
1
18

Mark Hansen, Sandy, Mimi and 15 more

Practicing acts of kindness
by Dr. Happy
 
I love leaving little messages around a la "Operation Beautiful" etc.
by Ricky Buchanan
18

Deb Fjeld, 16ljhayes, Nmarelle3 and 15 more

Doing more of what you love
by Sapwellba
 
Engaging the senses - going to the theatre, the opera, ballet, concerts.
by Sapwellba
4
 
This surely brings happiness.
by Wendy
1
17

Wendy, Mark Hansen, Sandy and 14 more

Meditation
by Dr. Happy
 
I love "alone time" with quietness, sitting by myself, deep breathing, allowing my thoughts to flow
by Kellie Walden Tabone
14

Sandy, Mimi, 16ljhayes and 11 more

Spending time with children
by Sapwellba
 
Children live in the moment - the here and now - we can all learn from this.
by Sapwellba
2
 
I love being with my grandchildren as they give me so much joy.
by Robin Lesley Swan
 
Children can try your patience sometimes but that depends on how well you spend your time with them.
by Del
1
 
My nieces and nephew fill my heart with so much joy - seeing them, spending time with them -HAPPY
by Flavia
1
 
we dont go well together - think its due to burn out from raising an autistic child..give me anxiety
by Annie Warden
12

Mark Casswell, 16ljhayes, Jane and 9 more

Playing with Pets
by Lisa
 
Their unconditional love is always welcome.
by Sapwellba
3
 
My cat Lani is always available for cuddles.
by Robin Lesley Swan
 
Animals live in the moment - we can learn a lot from them....
by Jane
1
12

Mimi, Jane, Ruth and 9 more

Mindfulness
by Dr. Happy
 
It's like a mini-holiday in the moment!
by Clara
1
 
To get in a more mindful headspace, use your senses -notice five things, listen for,feel, smell etc
by Maureen Griffin
1
12

Margaret, Mimi, Michelle Barnes and 9 more

Taking one day at a time
by Arielle Nakache-Moulay
Every new day is an opportunity for a happier day than the last. Taking one day at a time support... more
 
Just for today...
by Del
 
And if a day seems too long, work up to it one breath, one minute, one hour at a time.
by Sue B
2
 
Make every day "the best day you ever had".
by Maureen
9

Rob C, Andrew, Kumar and 6 more

Setting and working towards meaningful goals
by Dr. Happy
 
Having something positive to focus helps prevent negative thoughts
by Jess
3
9

Margaret, Gillian Akeroyd-Wedding, Narelle Cooke and 6 more

Giving to others
by Dr. Happy
 
As long as the giving to others doesn't become a burden or at the expense of your own health.
by Sapwellba
1
9

Ben Caunt, Natalie, Kumar and 6 more

Finding your life's purpose.
by Delvina Waiti
When you feel guided and on a path that is greater than yourself, everything just feels right!
8

Aryana, Nmarelle3, Gaylene Foster and 5 more

Choosing happiness - yes, it is a choice!
by Flavia
 
we decide how we will approach life, even in our down and difficult times we still have a choice
by Flavia
 
It is about the attitude you take. I've been made redundant after 23 years. It could be a great.
by Andrew
5

Barbara, Nmarelle3, Natalie and 2 more

Caring for others
by Dr. Happy
 
Can be a double edged sword - as long as you take care of yourself as well.
by Sapwellba
1
6

Mimi, Kumar, Mark Graydon and 3 more

Singing along to your favourite music
by Belinda
You can't think of anything else when you sing!
5

Wendy, Barbara, Claire and 2 more

Prioritising what is important and not what should be done
by Sapwellba
 
If you are doing what you feel is important (whatever that may be) you are likely to feel happier)
by Sapwellba
3
4

Kumar, Gillian Akeroyd-Wedding, Colin Apelt and 1 more

Breathing techniques for dealing with anger and rage
by C.
When one feels anger or even rage , mindful deep breaths can help to stop the person from falling... more
4

Kumar, Mark, Delvina Waiti and 1 more

Journaling regularly
by Sue Johnson
3
Colin Apelt
Kumar
Sue Johnson
Decide to be happy. Practice faith, what means confidence and love as a verb and have a life purpose
by Bethania Escotto. www.bethaniaescotto.com
Happiness is a personal decision. If you practice love as a verb, then you will know what love is... more
3
C.Om
Linda Barry
Theresa Davis
Practice reframing happiness
by Franco
 
This is great especially when it just becomes a habit!!
by Del
4
2
Peter Perkins
Sue Johnson
Connecting with People
by Mark Hansen
Socialising, conversation, playing, hugging, hanging out, feeling part of a larger community.
 
Having a social network brings support and encouragement. We are gregarious beings.
by Wendy
2
Barbara
Wendy
Being optimistic
by Natalie
 
Do you know any happy, fulfilled, successful people who are also pessimists?
by Natalie
2
Mimi
Natalie
Smile
If you see someone without a smile - give them one of yours! Makes you feel good for giving some... more
2
Mimi
Mimi
Having at least 1 meal with the family members together every day
by Johnson Ong
2
Kumar
Mimi
Meditating on the Metta prayer
by sheryl
"May I be happy; May I be healthy; May I ride the waves of life with ease; May I be at Peace... n... more
 
This is a very grounding and loving exercise that can alter the mood of the entire day.
by sheryl
1
sheryl
Find like minded people, who share your values/interests and share some time with them. Illuminating
by Maureen Griffin
1
Mark
Being playful. Not taking life too seriously and look for opportunities to laugh & play with words.
by Sophie
1
Mark Casswell
riding my motorbike with a group of friends
by steve
1
Mark Casswell
Being present and living in the now, whether it is good or bad.
by eLViS
Resisting your feelings and trying to change them often makes them more unpleasant and more perva... more
 
It takes practice learning to accept all your feelings.
by eLViS
 
Small, gradual steps in accepting your thoughts/feelings will make life more peaceful in hard times.
by eLViS
0
Living your passion.
by Wendy
0
Playing your favourie musical instrument and preferably with someone else paying their favourite ins
by sara hughes
0
Changing your routine - take a different route to work, get up at a different time, just mix it up.
by Dianne
0

Comments

Kumar

Beautifully structured.

Wed, Aug 29, 2012

Delvina Waiti

Great way to get feedback.

Wed, Aug 29, 2012

Linda Barry

SMILE

Tue, Aug 28, 2012

sarah

hugging your children every morning

Tue, Aug 28, 2012

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