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World Happiness Happens Day

In celebration of World Happiness Happens Day on August 8, here are a few thoughts on factors that can elevate happiness in our lives.

From The Harvard Gazette, an 80-year study (one of the longest studies to date on adult life) shows that embracing community, experiencing joy, and cultivating positive relationships are among the most important keys to finding happiness and living longer. For a 13-minute summary of this extensive Harvard study, watch the TEDTALK: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness.

According to an article published by Forbes Magazine, Gratitude is Key to Happiness. This philosophy is echoed by many other authors, including The Psychology of Gratitude and Happiness, which explains … “gratitude moves people to experience more positive emotions, to thoroughly enjoy the good experiences, better their health, face adversity, and develop and maintain relationships of strength, which in turn makes you happier.”

An article in Psychology Today titled Four Keys to Happiness, suggests friendliness, cheerfulness, compassion, and gratitude are the main ingredients of a happy life. In other news, Medical News Today declared Generosity Makes You Happy.

While there are many theories on the key to happiness, one thing that all experts and researchers seem to agree on is this …. Do more of what makes you happy!