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Common Mistakes That Prevent You From Being Happy and Healthy Today, Backed by Science

Connection and belonging

Connection and belonging

These are essential for a healthy and happy life.

Humans need close connections to be healthy, no matter the form they take: friendship, marriage, or family.

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Common Mistakes That Prevent You From Being Happy and Healthy Today, Backed by Science

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Meditation reduces stress and anxiety

Meditation improves your quality of life and boosts your immune system.

Research showed that meditation decreases anger and improves sleep, even among prison inmates.

The positive health effects of religion and spirituality

People with strong faith release control of their struggles and worries to a higher power, which helps to relieve anxiety and stress.

Religious groups also offer a strong source of community and friendships, which is critical for health and happiness.

Making a contribution to the world

Contribution is an essential part of living a life that is happy, healthy, and meaningful.

Too often we spend our lives consuming the world around us instead of creating it.

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