Amongst your New Year resolutions you probably had one about a happy 2012. I’ve posted about happiness before but we need reminding.
A survey of over 2,000 adults for a health insurer confirmed what positive psychologists know: experiences make you happier than buying stuff – just as well in cash-strapped times.
The top 5 ways of achieving a Feel Good Factor were
- Spending time with the family
- Seeing loved ones achieve
- Someone being nice towards them or smiling
- equal = Going for a walk on a beautiful day & getting a good night’s sleep
- equal = Doing something for someone else & having job/financial security
In addition 54% of those surveyed said they were optimists which is generally a good thing for your health and well-being.
My friend Tasha says she feels happy when the coffee bar staff know her name and when people acknowledge you for good turns such as letting people into traffic queues. It’s the everyday stuff that is important to most people.
Experts now say it’s not just about being cheerful but about our well-being and that it’s more important that we flourish.