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The Secret to Happiness

by Marie-Sarah Published on November 26, 2015

That old saying, “money doesn’t buy happiness”, has always irked me because it implies that money makes you unhappy, a popular belief actually supported by the fact that richer countries have higher depression rates. In a world obsessed with the search for happiness, these grim statistics certainly make you wonder about the secret to happiness.

According to Roko Belic, the filmmaker who made “Happy”, a documentary about what makes people happy all over the world, the secret to happiness is having fulfilling relationships. If that’s the case, no wonder people from wealthy, individualistic countries are lonelier and, therefore unhappier, than people from poorer countries.

Some people say happiness is a choice, which puts the onus on us to be happy but also makes depressed people feel like failures. Obviously, no one can magically become happy by snapping their fingers, but there are some things we can all do to increase our happiness quotient.

Engage in random acts of kindness
Never underestimate the joy that results from making a difference in someone else’s life!

You’ve heard of “Fake it ‘til you make it”? The same applies to smiling. Even if it’s fake at first, the positive energy it triggers will eventually be real, as will all the smiles you get back!

Be grateful
According to multiple studies on happiness, taking the time to count your blessings every day and being grateful for what you have is one of the best ways to increase your happiness.

Keep the negative talk to a minimum
You’d be shocked by all the negative stuff you say in a day! Negativity brings people down, so the next time you feel like complaining, talk about something positive instead.

Stop comparing yourself to others
Keeping up with the Jones is so much worse in the digital age! It’s hard not to feel like a loser when you see your peers on Facebook bragging about their parties and trips. Just remember than anyone can smile for the camera but that doesn’t make them any happier than you.

Nurture your most fulfilling relationships
Spend time with the people who love you and who you love, and take the time to tell them what they mean to you. You can’t have a happy life without family and friends!

So many factors play a role in our happiness, including genetics, but even if you didn’t inherit the happy gene, there is hope. You can ward off that life of misery and significantly increase your happiness quotient simply by following the above suggestions!

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