How to be happy: 10 ‘happy steps’ recommended by experts

Happiness is a learned behaviour, according to ‘happiness specialists’. Genes and upbringing influence about 50% of our happiness. Circumstances (income, living environment) only affects 10%.

The remaining 40% is accounted for by our outlook on life, something we all have the power to change for the better.

Making Slough Happy, a documentary which followed a team of six specialists in their quest to make the people of Slough (a town in the UK) happier. Specialists believed that focusing on improving the happiness of 50 people of varying moods, and backgrounds within the community would improve the overall happiness of Slough by way of ‘the ripple effect’

“Modern society militates against contentment in various ways: that we are very busy to no particular purpose; that we fret about the past and we worry about the future and we forget about the present; that we talk all the time about diet and exercise then we eat badly and slob out; that we would love to be part of a community, but spend half our lives staring at TV screens and playing online poker.”

The team of specialists (a psychologist, psychotherapist, work place specialists and a social entrepreneur came up with a ‘happiness manifesto’ of 10 simple lifestyles changes they believe can dramatically change a person’s outlook.

The 10 steps to happiness
  1. Plant something and nurture it
  2. Count your blessings – at least five – at the end of each day
  3. Take time to talk – have an hour-long conversation with a loved one each week
  4. Phone a friend whom you have not spoken to for a while and arrange to meet up
  5. Give yourself a treat every day and take the time to really enjoy it
  6. Have a good laugh at least once a day
  7. Get physical – exercise for half an hour three times a week
  8. Smile at and/or say hello to a stranger at least once each day
  9. Cut your TV viewing by half
  10. Spread some kindness – do a good turn for someone every day

For more information on the documentary:

What’s it all about? Read the press release here

Read interesting articles on Making Slough Happy herehere and here 

Buy the book, How To Be Happy: Making Slough Happy, here

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Filed under A simple challenge, Give it a go, Uncategorized

2 responses to “How to be happy: 10 ‘happy steps’ recommended by experts

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog. I like your 10 steps to happiness. I’ve been doing a couple of them and I’m going to work on the other 8 steps. Good blog.

  2. The Simple Temple — I like it, and I like this post on happiness! I’m happy, and I like to read about being happy! Thank you, and thank you for liking our 1-Minute Meal, Cinnamon Cereal & Yogurt!

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