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I have this problem.
I'm interested in EVERYTHING. That's bad – because want to provide YOU with value.
I can't do that unless I focus on a few things, one at a time.
So I've declared June the Month of Happiness. Every weekday, I'm going to post one idea for making you a Happier Human. You'll see the same analysis and scientific foundation you're use to seeing – no new age crap or fluffy, unsubstantiated claims.
Some of the ideas I'm going to post are so easy that you'll be able to do them as soon as you read about them. And you will immediately feel better.
Others will require some of the most deliberate actions you've ever taken in your life. It will be worth it.
Some ideas are mainstream – we can all agree meditation has large benefits. Others, you've likely never heard of before, like morning faces therapy, but that doesn't mean you should automatically discount them. Happiness deserves our full respect and an open mind.
It's completely free. Just take a few of the ideas and put them into practice. You may not find your life transformed, but who doesn't want an extra bit of happiness?
If you are looking for a more complete theory of well-being–of what it is and how you can create it for your life, I recommend reading, in order:
- The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want, by Sonja Lyubomirsky
- The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, by Jonathan Haidt
- Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment, by Martin Seligman
- A Primer in Positive Psychology, by Christopher Peterson
I hope you can find something in the series that works for you
Day 7: Why I “Remain” an Introvert, Though the Science Suggests Extroverts are Happier