“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." —Abraham Lincoln
There isn’t one right way to be happy. There isn’t a specific formula that everyone must follow to find true happiness. There isn’t a secret recipe….
Happiness is a choice. Whether we want to believe it or not, we are responsible for how happy we are. Research in the field of positive psychology continues to reinforce “Happiness is a choice” understanding. It is the basic of what is happiness.
But simply knowing that happiness is a choice is not enough. Fully experiencing it still requires a conscience decision to do so each day. How then might each of us begin to experience this joy?
Consider this list of some intentional actions to choose happiness today. Embrace one new action item… practice all of them… or simply use them as inspiration to discover your own.
Simply try. And Smile.
A little effort can go a long way in increasing happiness. Two small experimental studies, published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, found that simply trying to be happier could actually elevate mood and well-being.
A smile is a wonderful beautifier. But more than that, studies indicate that making an emotion-filled face carries influence over the feelings processed by the brain.