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    Default Happiness Manifesto

    I dont know whether or not you all consider the "science of happiness" to be bunk but I got this BBC book called "How To Be Happy", mainly out of curiosity because I'd never imagined someone would write a guide for someone else on this topic with any credibility, but there was a ten point plan for happiness based on research and I wanted to share it and get a bit of feedback on what everyone thought:

    1 Get Physical. Take half and hour of exercise three times a week.

    2 Count your blessings. At the end of each day reflect on at least five things you're grateful for.

    3 Take time to talk. Have an hour long uninterrupted talk each week with a loved one or close friend.

    4 Plant something. Keep it alive.

    5 Cut your TV viewing by half.

    6 Smile at and say hello to a stranger once each day.

    7 Phone a friend. Make contact with at least one friendor relation with whom you have not spoken to for a while at arrange to meet up.

    8 Have a good laugh at least once a day.

    9 Give yourself a treat. everyday and take the time to really enjoy it.

    10 Spread some kindness. Do a good turn for someone every day.

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    A lot of these seem difficult to keep track of.
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    Very ridiculous. That list seems very "averaged" across the population and takes into account no individual differences or temperament quirks.

    For me, I would delete like 4 or 5 of those items and replace them with things like-

    1) get at least 1 hour of (direct) sunlight each day.

    2) rummage through random Wikipedia articles pertaining to history, physics, mathematics at least 2 hours each day.

    3) Do absolutely nothing for at least 4 hours each day.

    etcetc

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    I can understand the one about direct sunlight, I'm interested in the relationship between that and some of the optimum nuitrition books.

    I would say that its all a lot more indepth than this, that's a single page at the start of the book which was a "manifesto" in the sense that it was the direction given to a focus group, a town in fact, I think it was Slough.

    The basis is that studies indicate that physical fitness, including regular exercise, cause the production of endorphins which lift spirits, next to this in significance is family relationships and then interpersonal relationships or social interaction. That's a generalisatin, I know, which will work for exroverts possibly more than introverts but there it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    I dont know whether or not you all consider the "science of happiness" to be bunk but I got this BBC book called "How To Be Happy", mainly out of curiosity because I'd never imagined someone would write a guide for someone else on this topic with any credibility, but there was a ten point plan for happiness based on research and I wanted to share it and get a bit of feedback on what everyone thought:

    1 Get Physical. Take half and hour of exercise three times a week.

    Was doing this. Plan to again during Jan. I felt better while I was.

    2 Count your blessings. At the end of each day reflect on at least five things you're grateful for.

    I will do this for a trial run.

    3 Take time to talk. Have an hour long uninterrupted talk each week with a loved one or close friend.

    An hour... Have to skip this.

    4 Plant something. Keep it alive.

    No comment.

    5 Cut your TV viewing by half.

    Check. I dont watch TV, but I will cut my Internet usage.

    6 Smile at and say hello to a stranger once each day.

    Check. More than once, at least 3 times a week. Maybe I'll try to do it more.

    7 Phone a friend. Make contact with at least one friendor relation with whom you have not spoken to for a while at arrange to meet up.

    I do. Emails anyway. So check. I do phone now and again.

    8 Have a good laugh at least once a day.

    This is so good. Years ago I made myself watch standup and anything funny I could find, every day. To start with I mildly chuckled, but after a while I was having full blown laugh outs. I really noticed how much better I felt. A short time ago I had an intense run of comedy exposure and it was so euphoric. This is something I will definately do once in a while.

    9 Give yourself a treat. everyday and take the time to really enjoy it.

    Sounds good. I do reguarly treat myself. Once a day might be a bit greedy though.

    10 Spread some kindness. Do a good turn for someone every day.

    This is one of those things like "do something everyday that scares you." I would love to, but it is easy to say and hard to do, even to find the oppurtunities. So I'm not sure... I know the merit of this one, all I can say is that I'll try.
    Good list. I'm sure this would go a long way to improving happiness, but I take it more as a guide to be adapted by the individual. From what I've learnt exercise is a big one. Laughing is good and cutting back on tv has been great for me but the effects aren't as instant. Something not on here is improving diet, eating a good mix of fruit and veg while cutting out as much sugar as possible.

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    And the TickTock Smack That Ass Manifesto, of which I totally approve.

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    I was in acafe in Thailand when I saw a poster with the 22 steps to happiness... I liked it a lot

    22 suggestions 4 happiness

    1. Marry the right person. This one descition will determine 90% of ur happiness or misery


    2. Work at something u enjoy & that is worthy of ur time & talent

    3. Give people more than they expect & do it cheerfuly

    4. Be the most polite & enthuisiastic person u know

    5. Be forgiving of urself & others

    6. Be generous

    7. Have a greatfull heart

    8. Persistance, Persistance, Persistance,

    9. Discipline urself 2 save money even on a megre wadge

    10. Treate everyone u meet like u want 2 be treated

    11. Commit yourself 2 constant impovement

    12. Commit yourself 2 quality

    13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige but on the relationships with people u love and respct

    14. Be loyal

    15. Be honest

    16. Be a self starter

    17. Be decisive even if it means u sometimes get it wrong

    18. Stop blaming others, take responsibility for every area of your life

    19. Be bold and courageous, when you look back at your life, you'll regret the things didn't do more than the ones you did

    20. Take good care of the ones you love

    21. Don't do anything that wouldn't make ur mum proud

    22. Drink black canyon coffee nor starbucks

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    1 Get Physical. Take half and hour of exercise three times a week.

    I don't personally do this often but It may be true. I certainly feel better after a walk but I don't know about exercise in particular.

    2 Count your blessings. At the end of each day reflect on at least five things you're grateful for.

    Eh.

    3 Take time to talk. Have an hour long uninterrupted talk each week with a loved one or close friend.

    I really doubt this.

    4 Plant something. Keep it alive.

    I disagree, it is easier to be alive if you are more spontaneous.

    5 Cut your TV viewing by half.

    Agreed.


    6 Smile at and say hello to a stranger once each day.

    Eh

    7 Phone a friend. Make contact with at least one friendor relation with whom you have not spoken to for a while at arrange to meet up.

    No.

    8 Have a good laugh at least once a day.

    Okay there is a scientific support for this: it releases endorphins into your brain so this is quite obvious.

    9 Give yourself a treat. everyday and take the time to really enjoy it.

    Eh.

    10 Spread some kindness. Do a good turn for someone every day.

    Eh.


    This list is fine if you like doing all these stuff- but for Introverts and Thinkers this list does not apply at all.
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