I’ve written about heroes many times. Heroes are the people in my life who inspire me. Throughout my life, I’ve had a variety of heroes for different reasons. Since this year’s blog is about being happy, I recommend choosing the heroes who make you happy. Here are a few of mine.
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In the November 2013 issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin , researchers Wing-Yee Cheung, Tim Wildschut, Constantine Sedikides, Erica Hepper, Jamie Arndt, and Ad Vingerhoets suggested that nostalgia may actually make people more optimistic about the future. In one study, college students were asked to write a short essay about a past event that made them … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #77– Visit Nostalgia
Maybe you did this as a kid, or maybe you didn’t. But it’s fun to do it as an adult, too. CHASE A RAINBOW. Next time you see a rainbow, just get in your car and follow it to where you think one of the end points should be. While you are in pursuit, tell … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #74– Chase a Rainbow
Just see if you can do this for 5 minutes. Go somewhere like a library or far out in nature. Make sure all electronic gadgets are turned off. Steer clear of conversations. If you are at the library, perhaps you can use one of their private meeting rooms for 5 minutes. Go to the silent … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #71– Be Silent for a Day
I have always attributed this quote to former Cosmopolitan editor, Helen Gurly-Brown who died in 2012 at the age of 90. However, upon researching it for this post, I found: I can’t find one instance in which she made that exact quote. I was amazed at the number of people who wish to see the … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #61– Fake it til you Make it!
I play games with myself to entertain myself all the time. I don’t know how or why I started. It’s just fun. One of the games I like to play is Stop-Look-Listen. It’s very simple but, when played correctly, will raise the indicator on your happiness meter. Here’s how it works: Tell yourself the next thing … More 101 Steps to Be Really Happy: Step #60– Stop, Look, Listen!
In Step 25: I gave you some pointers about how to think like a kid. Kids take life as it comes. Most importantly they live in the moment. If I could give you only ONE bit of advice on how to be happy, it would be: Learn to live in the present moment. So here is … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step 59-Think Like a Kid Again
Happiness Ritual: A step of steps or tasks one performs that brings with it an immediate, deep-seated sense of joy. I’ve had various happiness rituals at different times in my life. When my next-door-neighbor, Uncle Ernie, was still alive, we used to make wine coolers and sit out under the umbrella in the front yard … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #57–Invent Your Own Happiness Ritual
In my mind, there are six secrets to being original. Question the status quo. Get to the bottom of how you feel about things by questioning your own thoughts. Recognize your own filters. Let go of fear. Learn to think outside the box. Have adventures. I don’t think it matters much what order you start in. … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #53- Be Original