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Do you need a happiness makeover?
Dan Buettner, longevity expert and author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest and Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, offers these ten tips for increasing your happiness. View the entire AARP article.
- Nestle in the right neighborhood. If you have the option to choose where to live, the happiest people tend to be in sunny areas, the Pacific Northwest and on the water. Look for communities with green spaces and meeting places to promote social interaction.
- Stop shopping; start saving. Financial security brings more happiness over time than buying things. The appeal of new items wears off over time, but financial security is the gift that keeps on giving.
- Make the most of your morning. Our morning routine is just as important as getting a good night’s sleep. Eat breakfast and do 30 minutes of exercise to enjoy longer well-being.
- Trim your TV time. The happiest people watch less than one hour of television a day. Social interaction provides more authentic happiness.
- Get a daily dose of friends. America’s happiest people plan social times and get at least six hours a day of interaction with friends or family.
- Find your soul mate. Long-term committed relationships that are happy contribute to less stress, longevity, and happiness.
- Meet, pray, love. People who belong to a faith-based community live longer. They benefit even more if they volunteer there.
- Create a sunny sanctuary. Decorate with things that make you happy and conjure up good memories. Create a room at home – preferably a sunny one – where you can pursue a hobby that you’re passionate about. Boost contentment by adding live plants and soft music.
- Gain peace with a pooch. Research has shown that owning a pet can lower blood pressure, decrease stress hormones, and foster self-esteem, calmness, soothing, and a feeling of acceptance. (Be sure that your lifestyle and budget will accommodate this new companion.)
- Ignite your passion for compassion. Giving – financially or in your time or talent – tends to make people happier. Research has shown it to stimulate the same pleasure centers in the brain as sugar and cocaine do!