This is it. No more excuses! Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside has concluded, after much peer reviewed research, that ‘40% of our happiness is within our power to change”. 10% is circumstances and 50% is genetic set points. And there’s plenty of evidence to demonstrate that happier people are more successful, healthier, richer, more fulfilled and have far more satisfying lives. The great news is ALL of us can unlock this wonderful truth. No need to join a movement, sign on to a course, rush off to India, swap your suit for tie-died yoga pants or eat mung beans! What you do need to do is take a bit of affirmative action with yourself. So, here’s the first happiness hack you can start practicing today.
# 1: Be grateful. Simple. Pick a way that works for you. Three things a day in a diary, stickers on the mirror, on Faceboook, lying in bed. Try it for a week and see how you feel. Better still throw a bit of nature therapy in and think of your 3 things while you sit on your deck or take the dog for a walk, or yourself. Ready for #2? Then watch this space!