Ingredients for a happy life

After reviewing many studies that explored the science behind a happy life, a deceptively simple, yet reliable formula has been created for a joyful life.

Most of the ingredients to this recipe are very accessible. We know the joy of splashing in the summer rain; we have someone to support us in laughter and pain. It is possible that we are already leading a happy and meaningful life but are unaware of it.

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  • Mindfulness is a valuable stress management mechanism. Practising mindfulness can lead to higher life satisfaction, greater self-esteem, and optimism.
  • Narrative. Listen to the stories of others and share your stories, too. See what you can learn from others' trials and victories.
  • Play. Ensure you make time for fun.

A happy life is full of positive emotions. In particular:

  1. Compassion. The Dalai Lama advises: "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
  2. Gratitude. Being grateful improves relationships, encourage happiness, resilience, and better physical health.
  3. Awe seems to help us move away from the daily details and view life in its entirety.

To nurture our social connections, we need cooperation, touch, and forgiveness.

  • Cooperation. There are many ways to cooperate, such as being kind, inclusive, and charitable. Help someone in need. Express appreciation.
  • Touch can activate the reward centres of the brain. It can build relationships, signal safety, and trust.
  • Forgiveness is possibly the most difficult. Forgiveness can improve our physical health, such as reduced anxiety and pain.

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