Secret to happiness

Researchers Reveal the Secret to Happiness in Four Simple Steps

Off the top of your head, what change in your life can make you happier?

A lot of people will say money, job promotion, beauty and health, but could there more to happiness than most things money can buy or fix?

If you’re still looking for joy or wish to be happier than you are right now, a team of researchers at the Mayo Clinic may have the answers for you (and for all of us), all in four simple steps.

Lead researcher Dr Amit Sood says 40 to 50 per cent of your happiness rests on the deliberate choices you make and where you place your focus day after day.

Dr. Amit, author of a new book The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness: A Four-Step Plan for Resilient Living, said, “You can choose to live focusing on what is right and beautiful in your life.”

You can choose to live focusing on what is right and beautiful in your life. –Dr. Amit

'Happiness is a habit,' he added. 'Some of us are born with it; others have to choose it.'

In a press release, here are the four practical steps that will help you gear your mind into a more positive mindset.

  1. Train Your Attention: Learning to focus your attention enables you to command your thoughts and shift perspective.

  2. Cultivate Emotional Resilience: Build inner emotional strength by making room for gratitude, compassion, acceptance, meaning, and forgiveness.

  3. Start a Mind-Body Practice: Deepen your spiritual awareness through meditation, prayer, or any other mind-body practices that work for you.

  4. Pick Healthy Habits: Direct your willpower to making positive, concrete changes to lead to a healthier you—eat well, exercise, worry less.

'When things go wrong,' Dr. Amit says, 'try to focus on what went right within what went wrong.'

What about you? Do you think these steps can actually help you push your happiness to a higher notch? Let us know in the comment section below.

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