I’m a happiness junkie.
Although I’ve always been a pretty happy and optimist person, just can’t resist reading books about happiness. Who wouldn’t want to feel just a little better if they could?
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Until today, I’ve always thought Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project” was the best “happiness” book.
But The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You can Use It, by Dr. David Niven, is spot on.
It’s short and sweet — and cuts right to the heart of actions people can take to make their lives happier.
And all 100 actions are backed by psychological studies proving their effectiveness at increasing life satisfaction (providing great motivation to take those actions!)
Each of the book’s chapters is a mere page or two — but it packs a wallop. The chapters begin with a happiness principle, give an everyday example of it and end with a summary of a psychological study that proves why the item is a predictor of happiness.
I typed the chapters of the book and put them on my vanity as a reminder of principles to keep in mind every day!
Here are the Top 20 suggestions:
- Have a purpose in life
- Spend more time thinking about information that brightens your outlook than about unpleasant events
- Keep a notebook of ideas and thoughts
- Be positive
- Don’t forget to have fun
- Be open to new ideas and willing to adapt
- Show others how important they are to you
- Get a hobby
- Don’t confuse stuff with success
- It’s not what happened, it’s how you perceive it
- Busy is better than bored
- Accomplish something every day
- Do things you’re good at
- Be agreeable
- Listen to music
- Believe in ultimate justice
- Don’t forget to have fun (repeating this in case you missed it the first time!)
Check out the book to get the whole list.
You can read it in two hours, and it just might change your life.
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