Friday - - WELL-BEING -

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.

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