Nurture social connections

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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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.

  • 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.

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Each of us is the protagonist of our own life. Our goals feel like the most important thing in our world.

But every now and then, a moment of awe challenges our understanding of the world. We feel insignificant yet connected to the whole world, which helps us to step back and gain a better perspective.

What is Awe? A Definition And 3 Ways To Live An 'Awesome' Life

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Happy people are generous
  • They give freely.
  • They spend money on experiences.
  • They spend money to benefit others.
  • They forgive (themselves and others). 

What makes people happy? Habits of Happy People â€" Backed By Research

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Tough Compassion

The idea of tough compassion has been gaining traction because the pastel-colored version of it is proving to be unhelpful at the moment.

The idea has been described by psychologist Dacher Keltner who said that it is in line with the Buddhist tradition of stepping in to guide the person onto a different form of behavior.

The goal of true compassion is to find ways to promote the least suffering for everyone, and so, there must be the willingness to bear but also the capability to inflict some discomfort in the moment to promote longer-term well-being.

Tough compassion — here’s what it is and why you need to practice it

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