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.