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Spending money on others increases happiness

A new study involving 788 participants showed that those who donated money were happier than people who kept the money for themselves. Those people who opted for prosocial rather than personal spending were most happy when this decision was made for them.

But those who changed from keeping the money to donating it had the greatest happiness boost.

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Positive Thinking
  • Recall positive life events.
  • Help others and remind yourself that you can impact the world and feel happier.
  • Practice mindfulness that makes you more present and increases happiness and resilience.
  • Express gratitude by telling people or writing about what you feel thankful for.
  • Identify and remind yourself of your strengths to feel capable and confident. Reflect on the qualities that helped you succeed in the past.
  • Practice forgiveness by letting go of past hurt and anger, but still protect yourself.
  • Find and keep deep real-world social connections to avoid the scientifically proven toll of loneliness and increase well-being.

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Money And Happiness

The debate about how material belongings can get in the way of our happiness dates back hundreds of years:

  • The Buddha talked about a balance between asceticism and pleasure.
  • Early Christian monasticism preached spiritual transformation through simple living.
  • Philosopher Lao Tzu warned that if you chase after money, “your heart will never unclench.”

Today, the question of whether money can bring us happiness remains a subject of intense debate.

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Spend time with furry friends

Play fetch with Fido or sneak in a few cuddles with your kitten. 

Interacting with your pets can release oxytocin in the brain ― you know, the “warm and fuzzy” hormone ― resulting in that joyous feeling.

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