Summary of what makes you happy

I get some quetisons sometimes about important things in life. Dependig on values and culture there might be different things that people try to acheive, but one common denominator is the result in happniess or in meaning/purpose. Happniess is something temporary.
In short happniess is: "love what you do and be grateful for it", other sources mentions more complicated steps to acheive this:
Below i summarised some lists what to do to be happy:
List 1:

1. Exercise more – seven minutes might be enough
2. Sleep more – you’ll be less sensitive to negative emotions
3. Move closer to work – a short commute is worth more than a big house
4. Spend time with friends and family – don’t regret it on your deathbed
5. Go outside – happiness is maximized at 13.9°C
6. Help others – 100 hours a year is the magical number
7. Practice smiling – it can alleviate pain
8. Plan a trip – but don’t take one
9. Meditate – rewire your brain for happiness
10. Practice gratitude – increase both happiness and life satisfaction

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List 2:
The Mexican philosopher Don Miguel Ruiz wrote a book that advocates personal freedom from beliefs and agreements that we have made with ourselves and others that are creating limitation and unhappiness in our lives. The list is:
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List 3:
  1. Savor Everyday Moments
  2. Avoid Comparisons
  3. Put Money Low on the List
  4. Have Meaningful Goals
  5. Take Initiative at Work
  6. Make Friends, Treasure Family
  7. Smile Even When You Don’t Feel Like It
  8. Say Thank You Like You Mean It
  9. Get Out and Exercise
  10. Give things Away, Give It Away Now
List 4:
  1. Sex
  2. Gratitude
  3. Close Connections
  4. Exercise
  5. Pets
  6. Sleep
  7. Meditation
  8. Good Company
  9. Travel
  10. Helping Others
List 5:
  • There are also some happned and satisfation fallacies: cognitive dissonance such as the free choice paradigm:
  • Trying to redude the amount of choice you have to make will make you happier, or atleast redude your anxety (
  • "our longings and our worries and both to some degree overblown, becasue we have ithin us the capacisty to manufactri the very commodity we are constantly chasing when we chosse experience"
Lost 6:
  • Rita Mae Brown stated happniess as: “Happiness is pretty simple: someone to love, something to do, something to look forward to.”
Other things that affcts happnies from my experience are those things mentioned in the lists above, such as  exercising, drinking alcohol (short term, and in small amount), and to eat healthy food and sleep well..


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