What makes you happy?

What makes you happy?

Sometimes it’s good to stop and take a moment to reflect on the things that matter most in life. Like your own happiness for example.

Read the above question and then write down your answer.

Chances are you’ll struggle to name more than two or three things off the top of your head.

One trick is to make a happiness list.

It’s as simple as it sounds.

Find a quiet moment, sit down and write down all the things that make you happy.

Don’t think too hard. Just write them down.

If you’re finding it hard to make a list, have a think about what you enjoyed as a child.

Next to each one, pause and ask yourself what is it exactly that makes you happy? What other similar things might have the same effect?

Review your list regularly. Add to it whenever you feel like it.

Don’t be afraid to try new things (this increases our dopamine levels which contribute to happiness and contentment).

Consult it when you can’t think of what to do at the weekend. Return to it when you feel you need a boost.

If you feel brave, share your list with your friends.

You might just gain some inspiration.

If you want to learn more about the science of happiness and how you can start applying it to your own life, try The Happy Course a masterclass produced in collaboration with the Happiness Research Institute.

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