DWD: “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama XIV

Thought of the day – Find happiness
Aristotle once wrote that” happiness is a state of activity.” In other words, whether you are seeking lifelong satisfactory or a few months of good cheer, you’ve got to move forward. We’ve surveyed the experts and found five steps to take toward a sunny disposition:

1. VALUE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

Over a 30-year period, University of Illinois researchers asked nearly 120,000 people how income, education, political participation, volunteer activities, and close relationships affected their happiness. Reported Newsweek’s Sharon Begley on the findings, “The highest levels of happiness [are found] with the most stable, longest, and most contended relationships.”

2. EXPRESS YOURSELF

Singing aloud, talking to a stranger, raising your hand: All may increase a feeling of well being, according to a study from Wake Forest University. Participants tracked their moods for weeks and reported feeling happier when they were more outgoing and less happy when reserved or withdrawn.

3. SPEND MONEY ON OTHERS

The editors of forbes.com gave $5 or $20 randomly to 46 strangers. Half the group was told to spend the money on themselves, while the other half was told to spend it on others. Those who’d shared wealth felt much happier at the end of the day than those who’d spend it on themselves. There was no difference in happiness between those who spent $5 or $20, suggesting that it’s not how much money you spend, but how you spend it, that can boost the spirit.

4. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE

Studies from the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center show that downcast people who wrote down three good things that happened to them each day for six months reported an improved outlook.

5. HYDRATE YOURSELF

Drinking water really can help you buoyant. A small 2012 study from the University of Connecticut suggested that even slight dehydration compromised the moods of its female participants.
Source: Reader’s digest May edition.

Brain teaser of the day
1. What has no content yet you can see it?

2. What falls but never breaks?

3. What is it that goes with an automobile and comes with it; is of no use to it, and yet the automobile cannot move without it?

Answer for the last riddle is: A candle

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

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DWD: “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama XIV

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