Happiness: a short guide to achieving it

Psychological literature shows us a clear relationship between success and happiness, but ... is it success that makes us happier or is it greater happiness What makes it easier for us to achieve success? Normally we are used to tacitly accepting that success leads to happiness but… this relationship may not be so linear, being happier could also lead to success. Or at least this is the hypothesis supported by Sonja Lyubomirsky and her colleagues at the University of California. The best evidence of how happiness could be a deciding factor in success comes from his scientific and experimental research. These works induce positive or negative moods in the participants and then evaluate their behavior in situations of social interaction. Sufficient evidence has thus come to be recorded as to give happiness a fundamental place in the direction of achieving a certain level of success. But what are the activities that promote happiness?1. Talk to others. Positive people tend to talk to others. In this process of opening up many of their tensions are released, new perspectives can be heard and situations can be summarized with a different attitude. Talking to others is similar to a cathartic process in which we release our emotions and imbue ourselves with new points of view.2. Taking an interest in leisure activities. People who usually have a good mood do not preclude activities that allow them to switch off from everyday life. They attend parties with a certain regularity, go out to dinner with friends and take a well-deserved vacation.3. Take advantage of social interaction. These people take pleasure in relating to friends, family and colleagues; they do not respect an appointment due to circumstance or compromise but because they really feel pleasure in company and conversation.4. Resolve conflicts effectively. Good-humored people have a tendency to work together to find a solution to conflicts rather than trying to avoid them or take a stance as an absolute winner.5. Help others. Prosocial conduct usually provokes greater positive effects in those who offer their help than in those who receive it. The underlying mechanisms are not clear, however, but what is clear are its health benefits and long life expectancy.6. Feel healthy. Although this may seem silly, it is certain that many times we are healthy but we feel bad because we do not value the importance of health. Happy people get up every morning feeling positive simply by being healthy and not experiencing any pain.7. Be creative. Leaving room for our creativity so that it can take flight without any barrier is another way to ensure satisfaction and happiness.8. Attribute success to our abilities. When people are convinced that success is the result of their own efforts, they feel much happier. Although this may seem idiotic, it is certain that many times we are not able to enjoy success just because we attribute it to external factors, minimizing our efforts; this is a way to deny ourselves the happiness that corresponds to us.9. Have a broader sense of life. Happy people do not limit their life to a single desire or goal, their sense of life is wider and capable of always generating new goals. This allows them not to get stuck, always keeping in search of new forms of personal growth. but undoubtedly, our mental predisposition plays an essential and dynamizing role. How we view success and happiness profoundly affects our lives. If we think that only success can lead us to true happiness then it will be very likely that we will end up excluding happiness from our life in anticipation of the greatest success. Conversely, if we allow happiness to flow through our daily activities, it will be much easier to get close to success or at least feel satisfied with our little achievements. Feeling happy is the first step.

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