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Terms in this set (5)

Achieving Expertise:
Authoritative pattern-matching.

Act Happy: Acting happy can make you happy.

Active Life: Just keep doing things.

Aligned Integrity: Be you.
Believing Vision: Seeing thing positively.

Blessed Relief: Stop the bad stuff.

Cautious Optimism: Be hopeful, but not blind.

Constructive Activism: Find a cause to champion.

Contemplative Life: Live quietly.

Creative Action: Bringing things into existence.

Daydream Believer: Imagine reality.

Epicurean Tetrapharmakos: Laertius' four rules for happiness.

Engaging Hobby: Skilled leisure activity.

Expressing Gratitude: Just being thankful.

Expressive Writing: Writing away the bad stuff.

Family Matters: Keep close to your family.

Find Benefit: See value in everything.

Find Religion: Discover your deity.

Forgive and Forget: Let the bad stuff go.

Fragmented Fun: A bit at a time.

Have Children: Kids give you meaning.

Healthy Body: Helps a healthy, happy mind.

Hug Somebody: Close comfort and affection.

Imperfect Recall: Remember good things
with imperfect verbs.

Keep Busy: Beats boredom and adding value.

Let Go: Of all the things you do not need.

Lifelong Learning: Developing knowledge and skills.

Look Good: Look good, feel good.

Loving Coping: When coping with difficulty, never reject love.

Make Plans: Live with intention.

Mindful Immersion: Being in the moment.

Mood Matching: Match action to your mood.

Music and Dance: Get into the groove.

Noticing and Linking: See and connect to good things.

One-shot Chores: Do them in one go.

Physical Activity: Exercise for health and for pleasure.

Positive Nostalgia: Rose-tinted retrospective.

Positive Reversal: See the other side of things.

Positive Writing: Write positive things.

Purging Unhappiness: Get rid of the bad stuff.

Random Kindness: Be nice to strangers.

Reframe Desire: Want what you have and can get.

Reinforcing Habits: Make it automatic.

Remind Yourself: Don't forget to be happy.

Retail Therapy: Go shopping!

Satisfy Needs: Get to the basic stuff.

Share Good News: Spread the evidence.

Single Sufficiency: Be self-sufficient.

Social Networking: Have lots of friends.

Spending Time: Do more of what makes you happy.

Stop Judging: Accept people as they are.

Stroke a Dog: Hug a puppy or caress a pet.

Take a Break: Stop and smell the roses.

Tempered Ambition: Less thrust, more realism.

Unconditional Love: Just love everyone and everything.

Varying Experience: Doing different things.

Walk Jauntily: Walk happy, feel happy.

Working Marriage: Working to make it work.
Optimism

People who are optimistic, by definition feel happier now about the future as they assume things will be better than they likely will be, even in the face of a negative past.

Contented: People who are not bothered by the past or future can also just be happy in the present moment. Worry about the future is a common creator of unhappiness, and stopping worrying can give you a huge boost.

Achievement: People who challenge themselves, seeking to learn and achieve find pleasure not only in reaching their goals but also in the struggle and focus to get there.

They often set both smaller and larger goals, enabling them to get a sense of achievement in each of the little steps along the way to the greater joy of achieving something significant.

Caring: People who are altruistic, caring for others and spending time helping them often find great happiness in this. Caring for others gets you out of yourself and stops you worrying. Seeing others who are less fortunate than you can also have a contrastive motivation.

Integrity: Being true to yourself creates internal alignment and reduces inner conflict that prevents you from being truly happy. This helps to explain how caring works -- if you have an internal Values that says 'caring is right', then by caring for others you increase internal alignment.

Gratitude: People who are grateful for their lot in life and who show gratitude towards others for the things they receive have been found to be happier. Notably, thanks can be found in many religious prayers.

Humor: Those with a sense of fun and who can laugh, especially at themselves, are generally happier.

Laughing at yourself implies a sound sense of security with a reduced tendency to worry, which in turn contributes to happiness.

Activity: When people keep busy they are often happier than those who slow down, watch TV, surf the net and other less active things.

Activity reduces time for moping, adds interest and increases the chance of meeting others and finding happiness in new areas.