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Invest in good counseling

Invest in good counseling

Intangible experiences, relationships, and communication have greater benefits than possessions, things and money.

Studies analyzing if we get more happiness for our buck by paying for therapy or by receiving cash in hand found that therapy is 32 times more effective than money.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Want to Be Much Happier? Science Says Always Do Any 1 of These 8 Things

Give up your favorite things

Just for a day or two, not forever.

It's about self-control and willpower:  Exerting self-control leads to more self-control over time. Plus, denying yourself something makes you appreciate the things you take for granted.

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Overworked and overburdened is a recipe for unhappiness. So if you want to be happy, get some quick wins by saying no.

But say no the right way: say "I don't." Using the phrase "I don't" is more effective than saying "I can't." 

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Learn something new

... even if it's stressful. Mastering a new skill means more stress now but more happiness later.

The key is to choose the right new skill to master, a challenge to undertake, or an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone. The greatest increases in happiness come from learning a skill you choose, rather than one you think you should or feel forced to learn.

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Friends near you

Geographically close friends (and neighbors) have the greatest effect on happiness.

Individual happiness cascades through groups of people, like contagion. So make friends with people who live near you.

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Negative visualization

Prepare for the worst; hope for the best.

There's actually a lot of peace of mind to be gained in thinking carefully and in detail and consciously about how badly things could go. You might actually find that your fears were exaggerated.

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Embrace opposing feelings

Happiness can come from noticing and embracing a wide spectrum of emotions--both good and bad. 

So don't ignore negative feelings. Embrace them--and then actively work toward overcoming whatever issues you face.

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Celebrate strengths

... and embrace weaknesses.

Celebrate what you're good at, and appreciate that we all bring unique characteristics to the table.

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Close relationships (with spouses, family, friends, community members) are the biggest factor keeping people happy throughout their lives, researchers discovered. People with strong relationships are happier, and physically and mentally healthier, than those who are less well-connected. (The researchers are still studying the connection between relationships and physical health -- there's evidence that good relationships result in lower levels of stress hormones, and less chronic inflammation.)

Other ingredients for a long and happy life include not smoking or abusing alcohol, exercising regularly and finding work-life balance, the Harvard study found. "Rather than just being your grandmother's good advice, there's real science behind this," Waldinger says. "You can quantify the number of years you'll live longer, if you do these things."

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Having no routine or structure is so much more draining mentally, physically, and emotionally than any routine could ever be.

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Throughout our life, we all have a common purpose: to be happy. Happiness is the ultimate level that has to be reached in order to perceive our journey on Earth as having been a successful one. However, finding happiness can prove extremely challenging, as individuals tend to set too high standards and, therefore, end up feeling quite miserable for not having reached their goals.

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