Humans are social beings – our happiness is closely intertwined with others. Journaling for relationships means fostering happiness in relationships, whether it’s with family members, friends, colleagues or strangers.
Surround yourself with positive people who encourage, inspire, and truly care about you. Start building relationships that are good for you.
Our quality of life depends largely on our social interactions. How we behave impacts those around us. A simple and friendly “Hi there!” has a positive effect on your day and theirs.
Learn to nurture relationships. Pay attention to the people you are spending time with. Be aware when things like technology distract you. Choose to be present instead.
Research has shown that the relationship between money and happiness is surprisingly weak. What matters is how you spend it.
Buying experiences rather than material goods, spending money so it benefits others rather than yourself and buying many small pleasurable things rather than few large ones, are better ways to make yourself happy, and others too. (1)
Positive thinking is a choice. By now the benefits of positive thinking are well established – it helps us be healthier and ultimately happier.
Give an honest compliment to a friend, smile at a stranger. Positivity is contagious. Like all things in life, positivity takes practice, but once you see how those around you react, you will naturally embrace spreading positivity.
Compassion is the concern for the well-being of others. It makes us happier and healthier, which is why the practice of compassion is seen as important for health as physical exercise and a healthy diet.
Compassion is natural to us and perhaps that’s the reason it feels so good. Try it out: be kind to everyone for a day and see how it feels. The Dalai Lama advocates that compassion is a source of happiness.
(1) Dunn, E. W., Gilbert, D. T. and Wilson, T. D. (2011), If money doesn’t make you happy, then you probably aren’t spending it right. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 21: 115-125.