Positive psychological movement has taken place in recent years, and in 2007, Professor Harvard and Israel wrote Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar's book Happier explaining why we are not happier, despite the fact that be richer The good news is that he also offers a number of practical suggestions to achieve a happier state of mind.
I have used his ideas successfully to customers who announce to run through life without purpose and I want to share them with you:
Tip 1 ]: For four consecutive days, think and write down when you've experienced life like a hamster on a toboggan (rat). do what you want (hedonist) give up on everything (nihilist); and when you like it and were happy. Spend 15 minutes with just one topic every day. On the fifth and sixth day, repeat the exercise of another nihilistic and merry experience. Be open and honest to yourself about your thoughts and feelings.
Tip 2 : Spend 15 minutes each day by doing some kind of pregnancy or relaxation. This can simply count the breath from 1-10 every time you breathe out; or do an independent hypnosis or tensing and relaxing the muscles from head to toes. When you have a disturbing thought, simply accept it and then breathe your attention back to breath.
Tip 3 : Visit the website of Dr. Martin Seligman www.authentichappiness.com and pretty good. Take the VIA Character Strength Test and be creative about how you can use your five best strengths in your daily life.
Tip 4 : Exercise for at least 20 minutes each day. Pharmaceutical companies do not want you to know last year, clinical trials showed that cardiovascular surgery performed regularly was as effective as antidepressants for mild to moderate depression. You will pay for a "runner" of leakage in the brain … and it's free.
Tip 5 : Find something that brings you PLEASURE and gives you meaning and works it somehow in your day. We need to participate in moderately difficult actions that are meaningful, to bring us a sense of happiness and happiness, both now and in the future. Setting up your feet and doing nothing with all your free time is not the recipe to have a good time.
Tip 6 : Write lettering to people who have had a beneficial effect on your life. Not only will you feel good about this exercise, but they also want. Just think how well it would be to get a letter like this.
Tip 7: RITUALIZE – When you discover what gives you a sense of satisfaction and meaning, do something about it every day, be writing, practicing, playing with your children, and doing little work on at home, or have friends, even if it's only half an hour. This might sound three times, but that's the only thing people often do not do. Try it – you like the results.
Further information, read Happier by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, or Authentic Happiness by Dr. Martin Seligman.