SONJA LYUBOMIRSKY ~ EIGHT WAYS THAT GRATITUDE BOOSTS HAPPINESS ~ THE HOW OF HAPPINESS ~ 2008

~ GTPTSOPLE-TETMPSAEFYCC ~ Grateful Thinking Promotes The Savoring Of Positive Life Experiences – To Extract The Maximum Possible Satisfaction And Enjoyment From Your Current Circumstances

~ EGBSWASE ~ Expressing Gratitude Bolsters Self-Worth And Self-Esteem

~ GHPCWSAT ~ Gratitude Helps People Cope With Stress And Traumas

~ TEOGEMB ~ The Expression Of Gratitude Encourages Moral Behavior

~ G-CHBSB-SER-A-NO ~ Gratitude – Can Help Build Social Bonds – Strengthening Existing Relationships – And – Nurturing New Ones

~ EGTTIICWO-IYAGTAAFWYH-YALLTPCATOEWTJH ~ Expressing Gratitude Tends To Inhibit Invidious Comparisons With Others – If You Are Genuinely Thankful And Appreciative For What You Have – You Are Less Likely To Pay Close Attention To Or Envy What The Joneses Have

~ TPOGIIWNEAG ~ The Practice Of Gratitude Is Incompatible With Negative Emotions And Greed

~ GHUTHA ~ Gratitude Helps Us Thwart Hedonic Adaptation

SONJA LYUBOMIRSKY ~ HAPPINESS ACTIVITY ~ THE HOW OF HAPPINESS ~ 2008

~ EG ~ Expressing Gratitude

~ CO ~ Cultivating Optimism

~ AOASC ~ Avoiding Overthinking And Social Comparison

~ PAOK ~ Practicing Acts Of Kindness

~ NSR ~ Nurturing Social Relationships

~ DSFC ~ Developing Strategies For Coping

~ LTF ~ Learning To Forgive

~ IFE ~ Increasing Flow Experiences

~ SLJ ~ Savoring Life’s Joys

~ CTYG ~ Committing To Your Goals

~ PRAS ~ Practicing Religion And Spirituality

~ M ~ Meditation

~ PA ~ Physical Activity

SONJA LYUBOMIRSKY ~ THE HOW OF HAPPINESS ~ 2008

~ DYKWMYH? ~ Do You Know What Makes You Happy?

~ IMBHTBTSTA-R-B-A-PH-HOASTALIOAH-BTEIF ~ It May Be Hard To Believe That Such Things As – Riches – Beauty – And – Perfect Health – Have Only A Short-Term And Limited Influence On Achieving Happiness – But The Evidence Is Formidable

~ NOBYKOSTYHHYTA ~ No One But You Knows Or Should Tell You How Happy You Truly Are

~ HINOTFUTF-IIU ~ Happiness Is Not Out There For Us To Find – It’s Inside Us

~ HBARAABRATSOPC ~ Human Beings Are Remarkably Adept At Becoming Rapidly Accustomed To Sensory Or Physiologic Changes

~ THSP-YGDPFH(OU)AF50%OTDBYAEE ~ The Happiness Set Point – Your Genetically Determined Predisposition For Happiness (Or Unhappiness) Accounts For 50 Percent Of The Differences Between You And Everyone Else

~ TAGDORTIOHBTTWD ~ There’s A Great Deal Of Room To Improve Our Happiness By The Things We Do – Our Intentional Activities

~ TFOHCBF-IHYB-WYT-AWGYSEDOYL ~ The Fountain Of Happiness Can Be Found – In How You Behave – What You Think – And What Goals You Set Every Day Of Your Life

~ HYT-AY-YW-A-OP-IMITYHTTOCOYL ~ How You Think – About Yourself – Your World – And – Other People – Is More Important To Your Happiness Than The Objective Circumstances Of Your Life

~ EGDPALLOCI-AHATMB-CHY-A-MO-A-PBA ~ Expressing Gratefulness During Personal Adversity Like Loss Or Chronic Illness – As Hard As That Might Be – Can Help You – Adjust – Move On – And – Perhaps Begin Anew

~ GJ ~ Gratitude Journal

~ TEOGMBPEWDD ~ The Expression Of Gratitude May Be Particularly Effective When Done Directly

~ SWAGL-ANSOODI-ETPSBIH ~ Simply Writing A Gratitude Letter – And Not Sending Or Otherwise Delivering It – Enough To Produce Substantial Boosts In Happiness

~ BOIACAHYSTW-IDMDTNOAAUI-IADMCTTCSTCBC ~ Being Optimistic Involves A Choice About How You See The World – It Doesn’t Mean Denying The Negative Or Avoiding All Unfavorable Information – It Also Doesn’t Mean Constantly Trying To Control Situations That Cannot Be Controlled

~ OA-M-NL-VORAT(TDHTBO)-AOAVMATPOADOTE(TDWAFGTTH) ~ Optimists Are – More – Not Less – Vigilant Of Risks And Threats (They Don’t Have Their Blinders On) – And Optimists Are Very Much Aware That Positive Outcomes Are Dependent On Their Efforts (They Don’t Wait Around For Good Things To Happen)

~ SFR ~ Self-Focused Rumination

~ TETOIBFYINVAO ~ The Evidence That Overthinking Is Bad For You Is Now Vast And Overwhelming

~ TMSCYM-TMLYATEUC-ATMSYATSC-TMLYATSTNC ~ The More Social Comparisons You Make – The More Likely You Are To Encounter Unfavorable Comparisons – And The More Sensitive You Are To Social Comparisons – The More Likely You Are To Suffer Their Negative Consequences

~ YCBEAHATST ~ You Can’t Be Envious And Happy At The Same Time

~ DOT ~ Dodge Overthinking Triggers

~ TITBP ~ Take In The Big Picture

~ IISC ~ Investing In Social Connections

~ PAOKINOGFTRBAGFTD-TIVBBGAWTSMPH ~ Practicing Acts Of Kindness Is Not Only Good For The Recipient But Also Good For The Doer – This Is Because Being Generous And Willing To Share Makes People Happy

~ ASTIKBIAEWTEH ~ A Strategy To Increase Kind Behaviors Is An Effective Way To Elevate Happiness

~ WDDKDMPH?-LUCTW ~ Why Does Doing Kind Deeds Make People Happy? – Let Us Count The Ways

~ ‘HH’ ~ “Helper’s High”

~ PFC ~ Problem-Focused Coping

~ EFC ~ Emotion-Focused Coping

~ SS-OOTMECSTE ~ Social Support – One Of The Most Effective Coping Strategies That Exist

~ TQOSSIJAIAWYHI ~ The Quality Of Social Support Is Just As Important As Whether You Have It

~ FM ~ Finding Meaning

~ TBOEJW-FYTOAI-WAEHSAM-ISMMMAC ~ The Benefits Of Expressive Journal Writing – Forces You To Organize And Integrate – When An Experience Has Structure And Meaning – It Seems Much More Manageable And Controllable

~ TD-DOCYOPT ~ Thought Disputation – Disputing Or Challenging Your Own Pessimistic Thoughts

~ FMBTOFTCDTCOAAVIWWOFO ~ Forgiveness May Be The One Factor That Can Disrupt The Cycle Of Avoidance And Vengeance In Which We Often Find Ourselves

~ FINR-IDNNITROTRWTT ~ Forgiveness Is Not Reconciliation – It Does Not Necessarily Involve The Reestablishment Of The Relationship With The Transgressor

~ FDNM-E-O-DOH-O-UTAWHO ~ Forgiveness Does Not Mean – Excusing – Or – Denial Of Harm – Or Unwillingness To Accept What Had Occurred

~ CTBOHHYMTTOOYHY-ERCTI ~ Clinging To Bitterness Or Hate Harms You More Than The Object Of Your Hatred – Empirical Research Confirms This Insight

~ TITFIAWPRODOR-WFAAPTMO ~ The Inability To Forgive Is Associated With Persistent Rumination Or Dwelling On Revenge – While Forgiving Allows A Person To Move On

~ ABF ~ Appreciate Being Forgiven

~ IF ~ Imagine Forgiveness

~ ROE ~ Relish Ordinary Experiences

~ DYNASTPOTD-ODYDTT? ~ Do You Notice And Savor The Pleasures Of The Day – Or Do You Dash Through Them?

~ CGN ~ Celebrate Good News

~ BOTBAE ~ Be Open To Beauty And Excellence

~ SWYC ~ Savor With Your Camera

~ IG-WTGTAPIARTYIMLTBYHTWTGTANFC ~ Intrinsic Goals – Working Toward Goals That Are Personally Involving And Rewarding To You Is More Likely To Bring You Happiness Than Working Toward Goals That Are Not Freely Chosen

~ OYG ~ Own Your Goals

~ C-WP ~ Commit – With Passion

~ CIEPWMIFOOP ~ Commitment Is Especially Potent When Made In Front Of Other People

~ CSFP ~ Create Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

~ BF ~ Be Flexible

~ SMAP ~ Seek Meaning And Purpose

~ FTSIOL ~ Find The Sacred In Ordinary Life

~ AAOSHSTMHMPEOAPHAPE ~ An Avalanche Of Studies Has Shown That Meditation Has Multiple Positive Effects On A Person’s Happiness And Positive Emotions

~ TSAGMBABGIAM ~ That Seriousness And Greatness Must Be Accompanied By Grumpiness Is A Myth

~ TIOVIDBBEAAE ~ The Importance Of Variety Is Demonstrated By Both Empirical And Anecdotal Evidence

~ TWOMACE ~ The Wonders Of Motivated And Committed Effort

~ TCFUIH ~ The Cure For Unhappiness Is Happiness

SONJA LYUBOMIRSKY ~ THE MYTHS OF HAPPINESS ~ 2013

~ HA-BTTOVATAODAWT ~ Hedonic Adaptation – Both The Thrill Of Victory And The Agony Of Defeat Abate With Time

~ WAPTTFGPMEPTHTU ~ We Are Prone To Take For Granted Pretty Much Everything Positive That Happens To Us

~ TIOA ~ The Importance Of Appreciating

~ PWPAAAGTITLALLTATI ~ People Who Persist At Appreciating A Good Turn In Their Lives Are Less Likely To Adapt To It

~ AHPUFGT-‘S’-A-FPTMATSCAEE ~ Appreciation Helps Prevent Us From Getting Too – “Spoiled” – And – From Paying Too Much Attention To Social Comparison And Experiencing Envy

~ AWTTAARORITISIFOL ~ Another Way To Truly Appreciate And Relish Our Relationship Is To Imagine Subtracting It From Our Lives

~ TPOT ~ The Power Of Touch

~ PEAATNE ~ Positive Emotions Are Antidotes To Negative Emotions

~ SS ~ Social Support

~ AHWTCPE:AONGATFA-‘S-D’-P ~ A Healthier Way To Consider Painful Experiences: Analyse Our Negative Feelings And Troubles From A – “Self-Distanced” – Perspective

~ DHWMYUTMT ~ Daily Hassles Will Make You Unhappier Than Major Traumas

~ FBAEMTW-IATTSINNIATFBRITAWAT-TWT-POEUIWHUMSOT ~ Finding Balance And Emotional Meaning Through Writing – It Appears That The Secret Is Not Necessarily In Airing These Feelings But Rather In The Actual Writing About Them – The Words Themselves – Putting Our Emotional Upheavals Into Words Helps Us Make Sense Of Them

~ TTO ~ Taking Time Off

~ WWDHTTT-WMBBTVATOR ~ When We Don’t Have Time To Think – We May Become Blind To Viable Alternatives To Our Routines

~ S-W-F-IR-MUH-H-TKRDHTBASORO ~ Strong – Warm – Fulfilling – Interpersonal Relationships – Make Us Happy – However – The Key Relationship Doesn’t Have To Be A Sexual Or Romantic One

~ RSTPFUGASBOITAATRTGATTUNAMA ~ Research Shows That People Facing Unrealistic Goals Are Significantly Better Off If They Are Able To Relinquish Those Goals And To Take Up New And Meaningful Activities

~ BGG ~ Be Genuinely Grateful

~ GER-TIIE-NT-TMUH ~ Growing Evidence Reveals – That It Is Experiences – Not Things – That Make Us Happy

~ SYMOMSPRTAFBO ~ Spend Your Money On Many Small Pleasures Rather Than A Few Big Ones

~ HBAP-T-D-N-A-A-TSFM-N-BCWWTH ~ Human Beings Are Programmed – To – Desire – Not – Appreciate – And – To Strive For More – Not – Be Contented With What They Have

~ TMMWH-TMWGUTI-ATMWW ~ The More Money We Have – The More We Get Used To It – And The More We Want

~ AMORHST-M-DH-TSWOR-THE-RU-L-F-L-A-E-A-MULLTHOACTOC ~ A Mountain Of Research Has Shown That – Materialism – Depletes Happiness – Threatens Satisfaction With Our Relationships – Harms The Environment – Renders Us – Less – Friendly – Likeable – And – Empathetic – And – Makes Us Less Likely To Help Others And Contribute To Our Communities

~ NEWIPIFO-F-P-A-R-NECTSCAV ~ Not Everyone Who Is Prosperous Is Focused On – Fame – Power – And – Riches – Not Everyone Catches The So-Called Affluenza Virus

~ TPOMARROEAPAFDAMMSCAGEAPUFAOFP ~ The Pursuit Of Money And Reputation Redirects Our Energies And Passions Away From Deeper And More Meaningful Social Connections And Growth Experiences And Prevents Us From Achieving Our Full Potentials

~ IMIMUH-ILBWASITKUWTN-VOW-O-FO-L-P-A-S ~ If Money Isn’t Making Us Happy – It’s Likely Because We Are Spending It To Keep Up With The Neighbors – Validate Our Wealth – Or – Flaunt Our – Looks – Power – And – Status

~ WWGTO-WFNOMPAO-BATRAW ~ When We Give To Others – We Feel Not Only More Positive About Ourselves – But About The Recipients As Well

~ SMTGYT ~ Spend Money To Give You Time

~ DBASTTHT ~ Don’t Be A Slave To The Hedonic Treadmill

~ WHTPTDWOEIAI-WYCTFOBPOYLATRFO ~ We Have The Power To Decide What Our Experience Is And Isn’t – What You Choose To Focus On Becomes Part Of Your Life And The Rest Falls Out

~ NBHARS ~ Nature Boosts Happiness And Relieves Stress

~ SBMS ~ Success Begets More Success

~ TRYAIPE-TRYWBIADOL ~ The Richer You Are In Positive Emotions – The Richer You Will Become In All Domains Of Life

~ SBO-G-T-O-D-ANTAA ~ Short Bursts Of – Gladness – Tranquility – Or – Delight – Are Not Trivial At All

~ IYCTUW-I-S-P-T-OE-TODMYFH-AT-PITROSM-YWGAHTTWSYWITOC ~ If You Come To Understand Which – Individuals – Situations – Places – Things – Or Even – Times Of Day Make You Feel Happy – And Then – Practice Increasing The Regularity Of Such Moments – You Will Gain A Hedonic Tool That Will Serve You Well In Times Of Crisis

~ THWA-TM-E-C-A-MWH ~ The Happier We Are – The More – Energy – Confidence – And – Motivation We Have

~ ITPOSS-OBDRAATS ~ In The Presence Of Social Support – Our Bodies Don’t React As Acutely To Stress

~ SS-IUADICFTPD-PUFCC-AIOPAADOHDOC ~ Social Support – Insulates Us Against Declines In Cognitive Functioning That Precede Dementia – Protects Us From Catching Colds – And Improves Our Prognosis After A Diagnosis Of Heart Disease Or Cancer

~ B-AL-P-A-M ~ Building – A Legacy – Purpose – And – Meaning

~ AMAWMFD-WFDIAUEM ~ As Much As We Might Fear Death – We Fear Dying Insignificant And Unloved Even More

~ HMMAPDYHIYOLRN? ~ How Much Meaning And Purpose Do You Have In Your Own Life Right Now?

~ DOONTAFGRTAHOUC ~ Dwelling On Our Negative Thoughts And Feelings Gives Rise To A Host Of Unpleasant Consequences

~ WEGHALPWWAATCOLAMTJ-ACO-I-F-M ~ We Experience Greater Happiness And Life Purpose When We Are Able To Construe Our Lives As More Than Just – A Collection Of – Isolated – Fleeting – Moments

~ WABAWWHTCTCAUFIASOPE ~ We Are Better Adjusted When We Have The Capacity To Convert An Uncertain Future Into A Series Of Predictable Events

~ SWATP-PAATGASOMAOATSLE-ATTCTCTTWTEARTTTR ~ Simply Writing About The Past – People Are Able To Gain A Sense Of Meaning And Order About Their Significant Life Events – Affording Them The Chance To Come To Terms With These Events And Reconcile Themselves To Their Regrets

~ IETRATI-WAMLTRITA ~ It’s Easier To Rationalize Actions Than Inactions – We Are More Likely To Regret Inactions Than Actions

~ TMCHNBPS-TBT-BAITMTMCPSR ~ Too Many Choices Has Now Been Persuasively Shown – To Be Toxic – Because An Inability To Manage Too Many Choices Produces Significant Regret

~ IWDTWSAGDOTTMMSORTD-RTTWO-WMDTTAMWTOWTSOT ~ If We Discover That We Squander A Great Deal Of Time To Making Many Small Or Fairly Trivial Decisions – Rather Than The Weighty Ones – We May Decide That There Are More Worthwhile Things On Which To Spend Our Time

~ ARTPIO ~ And Remember That Perfection Is Overrated

~ GPIAHISTIATAOU-NMTEOO-O-T-S-A-R-EOOUHSVAU-TOO-L-C-ASF ~ Goal Pursuit Is A Happiness-Increasing Strategy That Is Available To All Of Us – No Matter The Extent Of Our – Opportunities – Talents – Skills – And – Resources – Each One Of Us Has Something Valuable And Unique – To Offer Others – Learn – Cultivate – And Strive For

~ WMSWFHAWMSBTOTPFU ~ We Must Stop Waiting For Happiness And We Must Stop Being Terrified Of The Potential For Unhappiness

~ TNMFFHANSCTW ~ There’s No Magic Formula For Happiness And No Sure Course Toward Misery