Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Keys to happiness

This article on the keys to happiness—and why we don't use them—is a comprehensive summary of a lot of straightforward philosophies that we've probably all heard before, but then again, sometimes a refresher course is a good thing.

For instance:

Make lists of things for which you're grateful in your life, practice random acts of kindness, forgive your enemies, notice life's small pleasures, take care of your health, practice positive thinking, and invest time and energy into friendships and family.

"Research shows that people who are grateful, optimistic and forgiving have better experiences with their lives, more happiness, fewer strokes, and higher incomes," according to [Gregg] Easterbrook [author of The Progress Paradox : How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse]. "If it makes world a better place at same time, this is a real bonus."

—Mellow Monk

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