I recently attended a very fun and engaging conference session presented by Dr. Ann Turner (a Sibley Memorial EAP Counselor) on “The Art of Happiness.” Dr. Turner gave us a simple list of ten things that people can do to increase their level of happiness. And here it is!

  1. Exercise
  2. Sleep more
  3. Move closer to work
  4. Spend time with friends and family
  5. Spend time outside
  6. Help others two hours a week
  7. Practice smiling – it will boost your endorphins
  8. Plan a trip
  9. Meditate – it will help you feel calm and relaxed
  10. Practice gratitude – every day, think of three things that you’re grateful for

I like this list because it seems reasonable, realistic, and doable. (And I can totally relate with number five – nothing lifts my spirits more than getting outside and breathing some fresh air!)

Try a couple of these suggestions and see what you think. Do these behaviors make you happier? Feel free to share your experiences in the Comments section below!