Q: What things can I do to be happier?

A: The first challenge is to define true happiness for yourself. Once you have done this, include those things in your life that support your happiness and exclude those that do not. Is it time for yourself? hobbies? family? travel? You actually get to decide without the need for anyone’s validation. According to Dr Christine Carter, one of the keys to a happier life is finding one small area to improve – stand up straighter, watch a little less TV or meditating a few minutes a day. The improvement will spill over into other areas of your life. You then will find yourself exercising a bit more or procrastinating a bit less. Our good habits, large and small can make life easier, happier and more meaningful. One simple thing you can do is to be certain you are getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation causes us to be more sensitive to negativity. Lastly, here’s a question to ask yourself. Are you not happy because you are trying to live up to someone else’s standards? If so, maybe it’s time to choose a different yardstick to measure your happiness. It doesn’t have to be owning a luxury car or a big house; it could simply be time for a walk in the park or reflecting on your current blessings. Remember, happiness is in your hands.  For a more in depth discussions, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and subscribe to our website.

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