Some people seem more prone to happiness. They always have a smile on their face and seem to be unfazed by the everyday problems that bring the rest of us down. You may be asking yourself what their secret is, or perhaps you’re happy in general, but sometimes life gets you down.
Fortunately, you don’t have to travel to a far-off place where you have to meditate for hours to find your own happiness, but according to science, 5 life skills can increase your happiness, health and even your wealth.
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During a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers questioned more than 8000 people over the age of 52 about their happiness. They found that only 3% of people who demonstrated emotional stability, determination, control, optimism and conscientiousness suffered from depression. Those with 4 to 5 of these traits also reported better health, fewer chronic illnesses, less social isolation and healthier finances.
25% of people who had fewer of these life skills reported depressive symptoms, while 50% of them also reported loneliness as well as poor health.
On their own, these life skills do not seem to make a great contribution to your health and happiness, but a combination of them can make a huge difference.
The good news is that if you are lacking in any of these departments, there are ways you can develop them.
1. Emotional stability
Becoming more mindful can help you become more emotionally stable, according to a study by the University of Utah. Mindfulness centres around staying in the present moment, being non-judgmental and paying attention to what is happening around you. The study found that people who describe themselves as more mindful have increased emotional stability and they are better able to control their moods and behaviour.
Many smart people never reach their full potential because they are scared of failure, according to a study in the journal Educational Leadership. They also believe that their intelligence is enough to make them successful.
However, people with lower intelligence are often told to work hard and therefore they often become more successful out of sheer determination and hard work. To become more determined, it’s important to let go of fear and to put the hard work in that is necessary to reach your goals.
People who are unhappy with their lives and who feel that they can’t control their circumstances are more likely to develop negative behaviours like smoking, reports a study in Health Psychology. On the other hand, people who believe they can control their lives reduce their risk for premature death by 13%.
To feel more in control of your life, you may want to ask yourself what you can do to make changes in your life. Perhaps you can do a course to feel more in control of your career. You may want to seek advice from a life coach, mentor or psychologist if you’re feeling stuck in your current circumstances.
According to emotional intelligence expert Harvey Deutschendorf, one of the best ways to feel more optimistic is to count your blessings. He says if you don’t feel grateful for what you have now, you cultivate dissatisfaction. To overcome this, he recommends keeping a gratitude notebook in which you list 10 things every morning that make you feel grateful.
Being efficient and organised is another way to improve your happiness and health. If you tend to procrastinate, which makes you less conscientious, a Harvard Health article recommends making daily plans and sticking to them. If you work according to a schedule, it encourages organisation and self-discipline.
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You can be a happier person who thrives by working on your attitude towards your life. Through self-growth and developing your life skills you can experience better health, wealth and happiness!
Republished from e|Care, an online portal for health and wellness by Health|Insite. Website: www.healthinsite.net. Tel: 0861 066 666