Essay On How To Increase Your Happiness

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I tell them that there are tons of things you can do, but then I can only recall a handful of practices in the moment. So I decided to create this complete guide for how to be happy, according to science. If you use these 23 practices consistently, you are very likely to increase your personal happiness:

1. Find out what to do first.

How are you supposed to build the right happiness skills if you don't know which ones you are struggling with in the first place? This is why it's helpful to take a quiz to explore your happiness strengths and weaknesses (link is external). Get a better understanding of what these skills are all about, and learn how to improve upon your weaknesses and build your "happiness strengths." (link is external)

2. Give yourself a confidence boost.
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You wouldn't. That's why it's so important to build your self-efficacy — to prove to yourself that you can increase your happiness. The best way to do this is by starting with easier skills — skills like gratitude or prioritizing spending time doing fun things (link is external). Get a quick win, and you'll be more confident that you really can change your life.

3. Fuel your progress by learning how to feel better about yourself.

You wouldn't practice math to get better at cooking. And you wouldn't learn another language to lose weight. To be happier, you'll likely make more progress by focusing on the skills that are most closely linked to happiness. In my research, the skill that usually turns out to be most closely linked to happiness is: positive self-views (link is external). Learning how to feel better about yourself — for example, by imagining your best possible self (link is external), noting your positive qualities (link is external), or identifying your strengths (link is external) — can go a long way to increasing your happiness.

4. Create balance and overcome
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