6 WAYS BY WHICH WE CAN MAXIMISE OUR GOOD YEARS
1 Keep your social networks alive. Unhappiness and unhealthiness is contagious. Don’t dump your best friends, but by including more happy – and healthy – friends into your network you can increase your happiness quotient. Every happy person you add to your network increases your happiness by 15 per cent. Look for vegetarians, those whose ideas of recreation is physical activity, people who are funny and are positive about work.
2 Choose your job based on passion not on money. After about $75K a year, your day to day emotional quality does not improve. So if you are making around that amount but doing a job you hate, get another job that does not pay you as much but which you love. You’ll be happier.
3 Get at least an hour of physical activity. Walking, for instance, can make a huge difference in terms of health and happiness over time. Engineer activity into your life. When you see people who live for around 100 years, you see that they move around at least once every 20 minutes on average.
4 Take the time to do an internal audit or inventory to know what you are good at. Find out what you like to do, what lines up with your values.
5 Marrying the right person is important. Married people are three times more likely to be happy than unmarried. But it’s important to find someone who matches your values; if you are a happy person make sure you marry a happy person. And if you are an unhappy person, make sure you marry an unhappy person. Such relations are likely to work out. What does not work out is when a happy person marries an unhappy person. That is a recipe for divorce.
6 If you are religious, you are more likely to be happy. Religion is also good for your longevity.