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Tips to be happy

You can find millions of articles in on the internet with tips for living a happier life.

They all mention exercise, being thankful, keep a positive attitude and several stupid things that of course I won’t include here.

What I’m giving you are more like the cheat codes to happiness.

 

Think about death

 

We are dead much longer than we are alive so we need to think about dead as something familiar.

People who frequently think and talk about death are more pleasant and less irritable; we are better company for everyone.

If you think about death at least once a day you’ll live with a little more charity and fellowship to everyone around you.

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People with higher awareness of death are more patient and generous with others.

When we remind ourselves of our own mortality we want to be better people and make our short time on this world more fun and positive.

 

Watch sad movies

 

Look at the Best Picture winners from the past 25 years and you’ll notice a trend.

Schindler’s List, Brave heart, The English Patient, Titanic, Million Dollar Baby, The King’s Speech…

These movies were specifically designed to make you weep and won all the possible awards.

Scientists were curious about this so they conducted a study involving a few hundred participants.

Before starting the sad movie, the researchers asked the participants how happy they were with their lives in general.

After the movie was over, the researchers asked the participants to rate their emotions and they found that the participants had become happier because they had subconsciously compared their own with the horrible tragedies onscreen.

Watching others fail on such hopelessly spectacular levels actually makes us feel better about our lives.

 

Stay busy

 

Unless you’re Batman, when you think about being happy, 9 out of 10 it has nothing to do with working.

There’s nothing more relaxing than the thought of being home relaxing and letting time pass slowly by with no obligations.

However keeping your mind busy makes you happier than just lying around and letting your brain take a break.

People who multitask, combining writing, chatting, watching TV and listening to music experience more emotional fulfillment than those who focused on only one activity or nothing at all.

The more tasks you give your brain to accomplish, the more dopamine gets released into your system.

 

 

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