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8 Things The Happiest People Do Every Day

8 Things The Happiest People Do Every Day

When you get right down to it, happiness is the driving factor behind most of what we do in our lives. Once your basic needs for survival are satisfied, everything boils down to happiness. Money, work, family, relationships, each is a means by which to increase our overall happiness. So what can we learn from the happiest people among us? Check out these 8 habits of very happy people.

1. They Smile

The first thing you can do to increase your overall happiness is just smile more often. Our emotions influence our actions as much as our actions influence our emotions and according to a growing body of consistent research the simple act of smiling can reduce stress and improve your mood.

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2. They Offer a Helping Hand

When a friend needs help moving or someone around the office is stuck on an insurmountable problem, the happiest people are the ones most eager to lend a hand. Not only does is feel good to help another person out, but there is a continuous feedback loop that happens when you are happy, which in turn gives you more energy to do the things that will continue to make you happy. What better excuse to get that ball rolling?

3. They Exercise

Regular exercise is another great predictor of overall happiness. The runner’s high isn’t a myth, it is a scientific fact. In response to exercise, the body releases neurochemicals that make us feel good and improve our moods. On top of that you will look better and be more confident; a recipe for happiness if I’ve ever heard one.

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4. They Socialize

One of the largest predictors of happiness in a person’s life is the amount of time they devote to relationships with their friends and family. It all goes back to the fact that humans are social creatures. We are evolved to communicate with one another and build strong ties.

5. They Work Towards Goals

Happy people are also more likely to have a purpose in life. They set long term goals and work steadily towards them. At each point along the way when they take a step closer to achieving one of these goals, they get to feel useful and just, well, happy! This also applies to the beliefs they hold about what it means to be a good person. When they get the chance to do the moral thing or something they feel is right, it boosts their self-esteem even more.

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6. They Express Gratitude

Part of being a happy person is to recognize all the things you have in your life and to be grateful for them. The happiest people take time each day to either express their gratitude out loud or at least to themselves. Take some time right now to recognize all the little things in your life that make it worth living and be grateful they are there.

7. They Face Stress Head-On

Being a happy person does not mean that nothing bad ever happens to you and you never experience any stress. What is does mean is that when something bad does happen you handle it better. Happy people face stress head-on. They identify the things that are stressing them out and they work towards correcting them. They also aren’t afraid to ask for help when the going gets tough.

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8. They Remain Optimistic

Finally, in the face of everything, happy people maintain a positive outlook on the future. They live by the mantra “Everything will be good in the end. If it’s not good, it’s not the end.” Visualizing a positive future for yourself is something that gets easier with practice, and once you master it you will be well on your way to life-long happiness.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

How To Study Effectively: 7 Simple Tips

How To Study Effectively: 7 Simple Tips

The brain is a tangled web of information. We don’t remember single facts, but instead we interlink everything by association. Anytime we experience a new event, our brains tie the sights, smells, sounds and our own impressions together into a new relationship.

Our brain remembers things by repetition, association, visual imagery, and all five senses. By knowing a bit about how the brain works, we can become better learners, absorbing new information faster than ever.

Here are some study tips to help get you started:

1. Use Flashcards

Our brains create engrained memories through repetition. The more times we hear, see, or repeat something to ourselves, the more likely we are to remember it.

Flashcards can help you learn new subjects quickly and efficiently. Flashcards allow you to study anywhere at any time. Their portable nature lends them to quick study sessions on the bus, in traffic, at lunch, or in the doctor’s office. You can always whip out your flashcards for a quick 2 to 3 minute study session.

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To create effective flashcards, you need to put one point on each flashcard. Don’t load up the entire card with information. That’s just overload. Instead, you should dedicate one concept to each card.

One of the best ways to make flashcards is to put 1 question on the front and one answer on the back. This way, you can repeatedly quiz yourself into you have mastered any topic of your choice.

Commit to reading through your flash cards at least 3 times a day and you will be amazed at how quickly you pick up new information.

As Tony Robbins says,

“Repetition is the mother of skill”.

2. Create the Right Environment

Often times, where you study can be just as important as how you study. For an optimum learning environment, you’ll want to find a nice spot that is fairly peaceful. Some people can’t stand a deafening silence, but you certainly don’t want to study near constant distractions.

Find a spot that you can call your own, with plenty of room to spread out your stuff. Go there each time you study and you will find yourself adapting to a productive study schedule. When you study in the same place each time, you become more productive in that spot because you associate it with studying.

3. Use Acronyms to Remember Information

In your quest for knowledge, you may have once heard of an odd term called “mnemonics”. However, even if you haven’t heard of this word, you have certainly heard of its many applications. One of the most popular mnemonic examples is “Every Good Boy Does Fine”. This is an acronym used to help musicians and students to remember the notes on a treble clef stave.

An acronym is simply an abbreviation formed using the intial letters of a word. These types of memory aids can help you to learn large quantities of information in a short period of time.

4. Listen to Music

Research has long shown that certain types of music help you to recall information. Information learned while listening to a particular song can often be remembered simply by “playing” the songs mentally in your head.

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5. Rewrite Your Notes

This can be done by hand or on the computer. However, you should keep in mind that writing by hand can often stimulate more neural activity than when writing on the computer.

Everyone should study their notes at home but often times, simply re-reading them is too passive. Re-reading your notes can cause you to become disengaged and distracted.

To get the most out of your study time, make sure that it is active. Rewriting your notes turns a passive study time into an active and engaging learning tool. You can begin using this technique by buying two notebooks for each of your classes. Dedicate one of the notebooks for making notes during each class. Dedicate the other notebook to rewriting your notes outside of class.

6. Engage Your Emotions

Emotions play a very important part in your memory. Think about it. The last time you went to a party, which people did you remember? The lady who made you laugh, the man who hurt your feelings, and the kid who went screaming through the halls are the ones you will remember. They are the ones who had an emotional impact.

Fortunately, you can use the power of emotion in your own study sessions. Enhance your memory by using your five senses. Don’t just memorize facts. Don’t just see and hear the words in your mind. Create a vivid visual picture of what you are trying to learn.

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For example, if you are trying to learn the many parts of a human cell, begin physically rotating the cell in your minds eye. Imagine what each part might feel like. Begin to take the cell apart piece by piece and then reconstruct it. Paint the human cell with vivid colors. Enlarge the cell in your mind’s eye so that it is now six feet tall and putting on your own personal comedy show. This visual and emotional mind play will help deeply encode information into your memory.

7. Make Associations

One of the best ways to learn new things is to relate what you want to learn with something you already know. This is known as association, and it is the mental glue that drives your brain.

Have you ever listened to a song and been flooded by memories that were connected to it? Have you ever seen an old friend that triggered memories from childhood? This is the power of association.

To maximize our mental powers, we must constantly be looking for ways to relate new information with old ideas and concepts that we are already familiar with.

You can do this with the use of mindmapping. A mind map is used to diagram words, pictures, thoughts, and ideas into a an interconnected web of information. This simple practice will help you to connect everything you learn into a global network of knowledge that can be pulled from at any moment.

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Learn more about mindmapping here: How to Mind Map to Visualize Your Thoughts (With Mind Map Examples)

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