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I will try to create more happiness and less unhappiness in the world around me

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Look for what's good

Positive emotions - like joy, gratitude, contentment, inspiration, and pride - are not just great at the time. Recent research shows that regularly experiencing them creates an 'upward spiral', helping to build our resources.

So although we need to be realistic about life's ups and downs, it helps to focus on the good aspects of any situation - the glass half full rather than the glass half empty.  Read more

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  • Discover the Groundbreaking Science to Release Your Inner Optimist and Thrive

  • Laughter Yoga combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing.

  • Discover the power of the 3-to-1 Ratio with Dr. Barbara Fredrickson

What are you feeling good about?

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My life! I am in a good place. I have wonderful family and friends around me. Trying to share the happiness and spread the Positive Psychology with others feels good too. Seeing the ripples of positivity spread outwards.

Miranda, Norfolk, UK2 Sep 2010, 13:31

My husband, baby boy & doggy, my parents, best friend. Trying new things like Life Club and improvisation workshops having lots of amazing opportunities. Knowing that things will come together eventually and remembering to enjoy the journey which wouldn't be rewarding if it wasn't challenging!

Zoe, Berkshire, UK2 Sep 2010, 13:31
Feeling good about lots of things at the moment - our third child is due in a few weeks which is really exciting! Our girls are also at a great age right now and I'm loving being a dad. Really pleased to be part of Action for Happiness and doing a job that I'm passionate about. I've been writing down "three good things" each day for a few months now and find it really helps me reframe my days in a more positive way. Mark, Kingston, Surrey2 Sep 2010, 13:31

Happiness facts

Positive emotions make us more resilientOur emotions affect our long term well-being. Research shows that experiencing positive emotions in a 3-to-1 ratio with negative ones leads to a tipping point beyond which we naturally become more resilient to adversity and better able to achieve things.
Happiness: a skill you can learn

Western neuroscience has now confirmed what Eastern wisdom has known for a long time: happiness is a skill we can learn.

Research shows that happiness, compassion and kindness are the products of skills that can be learned and enhanced through training, thanks to the neuroplasticity of our brains.

Happier people live longer

Happiness doesn't just feel good. A review of hundreds of studies has found compelling evidence that happier people have better overall health and live longer than their less happy peers.

Anxiety, depression, pessimism and a lack of enjoyment of daily activities have all been found to be associated with higher rates of disease and shorter lifespans

Together we're stronger

Having a network of social connections or high levels of social support has been shown to increase our immunity to infection, lower our risk of heart disease and reduce mental decline as we get older.

Not having close personal ties has been shown to pose significant risks for our health.

 

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