Friday, November 16, 2012

Don't worry Be Happy!

Hello and Happy Friday...

Just thought I would share with you an article I read about
FIVE things that research has shown can improve happiness..

Be Grateful

People who were asked to write letters of gratitude to people
who had helped them in some way reported a lasting increase in
happiness. Over weeks and even months after implementing the habit.
Even when people wrote letters but never delivered them to the addressee,
they still reported feeling better afterwards.

Be Optimistic

People were asked to visualize an idea future and describe the
image in a journal entry.  After doing this for a few weeks,
these people too reported increased feeling of well-being.

Count your Blessings

People who practice writing down three good things that
have happened to them every week show significant boosts in
happiness.  The act of focusing on the positive helps people remember
reasons to be glad.

Use your strengths

Another study asked people to identify their greatest strengths,
and then to try to use these strengths in new ways.
This habit, too, seems to heighten happiness.

Commit acts of kindness

It turns out helping others also helps ourselves.
People who donate time or money to charity, or who
altruistically assist people in need, report improvements in there
own happiness.

So there you have it,
Five ways to get happy!

The article I read can be found

This is my first time joining in with 5 on Friday,
Thanks Kim and Xanthe.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
I do hope you have a Happy weekend.



Stephanie said...

Very wise thoughts and well worth following. I am going to try harder.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Just LOVE this!!!!!

TexWisGirl said...

great tips.

love your boots!

Ros Crawford said...

Well I'm happy today ... Now my little cat is back home ... counting my blessings!

Netty said...

wonderful photos. Enjoy the weekend dear Linda, xx

Robyn Greenhouse said...

Loved reading your list while listening to one of my favorite songs!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

These are awesome suggestions! When I do a good deed I feel so elated afterwards. I need to focus more on my blessings and thinking positive, though. Thanks!

Linda B said...

Thank you, Linda, for the words of wisdom!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Terry said...

Nice shoes/boots! That made me happy until I thought of how painful they might be on my feet! Ha! Seriously, great words of wisdom! Have a happy and beautiful weekend! Hugs!

Carol Blackburn said...

Well said. And I love the frog!

Sarah Huizenga said...

All so good. I really like the idea of writing three things down each week. Will have to start doing that.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Excellent points. None of then surprise me either - so much to do with attitudes and so little to do with possessions. Great photo choices too.

Suzanne C said...

Linda what a great post! Sweet photos and lovely thoughts! So like you!

Shahrul Niza said...

This is a great wisdom, thank you for sharing with us :). Oh so true. LOVE all the beautiful photos, enjoyed them immensely.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Great thoughts, now I better put it into action! Thanks for sharing, and happy weekends!

Janna Werner said...

totally agree with each single one! Have a lovely day, Linda! Hugs Janna

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic photos again - enjoy the weekend.

Anonymous said...

Just lovely, thankyou for sharing happy thoughts with me today,
Big Smiles Julie P

Carol Gary said...

What a great list! Thanks for the reminders that happiness is within our reach! Welcome to Five on Friday!

Catherine said...

Such inspirational photos and words here Linda! Lovely lovely! I like the little happy face the best! :)
xo Catherine

Becca said...

Great "Be Happy" post Linda! Hope you got the rain showers you wanted at the lake! It's been raining here all day yesterday and today! I'll send some your way!

S. Etole said...

Great ideas that you have shared. There is always so much to be thankful for.

Lynn Richards said...

You forgot number 6- looking at your photos!

Jacqueline said...

Loved what you shared Linda! All positive things, and I reckon there are many more too!

Lynnda said...

Good Post Linda... Well said... what you wrote here is all so true.... Big Hugs my friend... and have a great week ahead...xoxo

Sylvia said...

Fun photo's, Linda, I missed this post, but love it. Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Audrey Pettit said...

Beautiful post, Linda, and beautiful photos, too! Thanks for sharing! :)

Davi said...

Beautiful photos Linda, amazing how concentrating on what all we have to be grateful for can take the sting away from the negative things!! Great reminder for us my friend :)And Im thankful for you always sharing your beautiful photos with us!!

Sandie Edwards said...

thank you for these wonderful ways of happiness, how true. Positive always bring positive. I am going to print your blog post out and stick to my fridge :-) thanks

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

So perfectly perfect! You inspire my friend.

Anonymous said...

Just perfect, have a wonderful week
Hugs julie P