Four Things You Can Do For Yourself to Increase Your Happiness

Earlier this week and article in the U.K.’s Daily Mail caught my attention.  The article is titled, The Key to Happiness? Self Esteem. Psychologists at the University of Missouri-Columbia interviewed 700 students in the United States and Korea.  The students were asked what their most satisfying experiences were and to explain why these experiences made them happy.  Here is what they said:  Being true to themselves, being competent at activities, having close bonds with other people, and feeling respect for themselves topped the list.  The article did not offer any tips or suggestions on how to accomplish these desires, so I will put forward a few of my own.

Here are Four Simple Ways to Increase Your Happiness:

  1. Being true to yourself: The best way to do this is to be your authentic self.  Being authentic and living an authentic life is a choice.  It means wholeheartedly recognizing and accepting your worthiness.  One way to self-test if you are living authentically is to list and prioritize what you value most.  Once you have done this you can compare your values to how you are actually living your life each day.  Are the activities that you participate in and the choices you make each day aligned with your values?  If so, good for you, keep up the good behavior.  If not, what changes and different choices do you need to make in order to be true to yourself and others?
  2. Being competent in activities: The first thing I recommend that