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Cultivate happiness

Cultivate happiness

While there is more to happiness than just absence of stress, there are relationships between stress-relieving activities and happiness.

Many of the things that bring happiness are also things that relieve stress, such as exercise, expressing creativity, maintaining supportive friendships, keeping an organized home, and enjoying your work.

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Home

Maintaining a home that acts as a haven from stress is important at the end of the day

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Money

Money

It's true that, beyond a certain point, more money doesn't bring significantly more happiness. 

It's also true, however, that too little money can bring stress and challenges to your happiness. Having enough money to live comfortably is important.

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Goals, values and spiritual Life

Goals, values and spiritual Life

These are three different things, but they make up an important category that involves an internal, positive focus on something that's greater than who you are right now. 

These are all things that bring meaning to your life, and this is closely tied to your happiness.

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Helping

Helping

It turns out that we as humans really love to be helpful to others, to one degree or another. Finding ways to exercise your altruism can keep you happy and less stressed.

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Love

Love

This is a bit of a no brainer, but having love in your life is great for keeping yourself feeling joy.

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Self-esteem

Self-esteem

Feeling good about who you are isn't just a touchy-feely thing we worry about for our kids.

it's important for you to like the person you are right now. Low self-esteem seems to affect many areas of your life.

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Children

Children

Kids brings meaning into our lives, as well as many smiles and belly laughs.

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Learning

Learning

Taking on new skills and growing as a person involves gratifications, and can provide you with greater resources in your life--both great for stress and happiness.

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Health

When you maintain your physical and mental health and manage any chronic illnesses, you're maintaining your happiness. 

Chronic health issues can bring additional stress and can make it difficult for you to do some of the things that bring you happiness and stress relief.

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Community

Community

Being part of a community, whether it's a physical community like the area where you live or a community of friends based on shared spiritual views, life goals, or things in common.​

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Work

Work

Having a job that fulfills you is ideal.

A job that doesn't make you miserable is a must.

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Creativity

Creativity

The same is true for expressing your creativity. 

In fact, art activities that exercise creativity have been shown to be good for the health and happiness of those who consider themselves to be non-creative types as well.

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Neighborhood

Neighborhood

Living in a neighborhood that's close and supportive or at least one that doesn't involve feuds or danger, can contribute to happiness and decrease stress by offering support and connection. 

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Relatives

Relatives

Unless you come from a heavily drama-prone family, staying close to relatives can keep your life fun, supportive, and meaningful. 

Finding low-stress ways to communicate with your family is important for keeping things drama-free, however.

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Friends

Friends

Maintaining a supportive circle, even if that circle is small, can help you to feel happier in virtually every area of life and can provide an excellent buffer against stress.

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Play

Play

Leisure time, having fun, letting loose,hey're all important for your happiness and stress levels. 

You don't need to play all of the time, but you really need some time for fun in your life.

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