This April, take action to improve your personal happiness!
Have you considered elevating your happy to a state of eudaimonia? The word eudaimonia is related to concepts linked with good spirits, good luck or good fortune. Eudaimonia is a lasting feeling of happiness that is independent of achievement, possessions and status. Researchers are studying the link between eudaimonia and morbidity. Read on for ways to shift into a state of happy (or eudaimonia).
Practice self-acceptance: befriend yourself, have a kind attitude toward yourself, think positive thoughts about who you are. There is a growing body of research that supports people with a positive outlook live longer.
Create positive relationships with others: be a good listener, give your time to others, accept and celebrate differences. Science supports that healthy relationships can lead to a higher quality of life.
Enjoy autonomy: practice independence, make decisions that are good for you. Participate in activities that feel healthy to you versus following social “norms”. Research is studying the correlation between autonomy and increased feelings of wellbeing.
Master your environment: environmental mastery includes creating an environment at home that accommodates your needs and values. Is there an inspiring space in your home that is dedicated to you? Craft a cozy nook to unleash creative energy. People who feel a heightened sense of purpose are masters of their environment.
Invest in personal growth: take a course, enroll in a class, try a new activity or hobby – continue to learn throughout life. Findings suggest that learning new skills keeps the mind sharp.
Flex the mind with a growth mindset: a growth mindset consists of thriving from challenges and interpreting failure or setbacks as temporary and an opportunity to learn and improve. Know the value of learning and effort. A growth mindset fosters resilience—resilience may improve health outcomes and protect us from feeling blue!