Sunday, 29 May 2016

What makes people happy?



The first few days of my happiness experiment I was knee deep in research about what makes humans happy. I've watched hours of documentaries, Ted talks and read lots of articles.

Money apparently doesn't make people happy, as long as your basic needs are met then extra money doesn't necessarily make you any happier. If that's the case then my basic needs ie somewhere to live and food are something I have, a bit more money would be nice though!
Research has proven that family and friends are a big part of happiness, so seeing as my family live abroad it seems I need to concentrate on widening my circle of friends. This isn't always easy so this task is one that is going to take a lot of effort.
Exercise also plays a big part in a person's happiness, the hormones it releases in the body improve your mood as well as your health. Unfortunately I'm a bit lazy and have preferred to lounge on the sofa with a box set rather than physical exertion
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My first two tasks on my happiness journey have just become very apparent, so I know which direction I need to head on first of all. I need to make an effort with getting more exercise until it (hopefully) becomes a habit, finding a few activities I like to do will be key here to stop me from quitting and retreating to the sofa!

Widening my circle of friends, this one is easier said than done. Some of the friends I do have are in very different circumstances to myself therefore creating difficulties in how much time we have to spend together. Finding people who are local and have similar interests to myself but are also open to new friendships is the challenge. But seeing as connections are so detrimental to our mental health this one is really important to help me beat depression and feel supported.

I am really dedicated to putting my all into this, check back for regular updates on my project to see how I'm getting on. If you have any advice I would love to hear from you. Don't forget to tweet me using the hashtag #yeartohappiness

Read my first post and why I'm doing this experiment here.


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