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How To Increase Happiness

Here´s the thing. You can get happier. It´s possible to increase the level of your happiness and Arthur C. Brooks cowrote a book with Oprah Winfrey that just released this past week on happiness and how to increase it. The book is “Build the Life You Want: The Art of Science of Getting Happier.”

Brooks emphasizes several key factors associated with what he refers to as three "macro-nutrients" that contribute to happiness and well-being. These macronutrients are enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose. It is essential to note that these are not traditional macro-nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, and fats but rather metaphorical components of a happy life.

Further developing the idea of macronutrients of happiness, Brooks list seven areas of life that are essential to increasing happiness. These areas are:

1. Faith - Brooks emphasizes the importance of having a spiritual or faith-based dimension in one's life. This doesn't necessarily mean adhering to a particular religion but rather finding a sense of purpose, meaning, and connection to something greater than oneself.

2. Family - Strong relationships with family members and close friends are vital for happiness. These connections provide a sense of belonging, support, and love, which can contribute significantly to well-being.

3. Community - Being actively involved in a community or having a sense of belonging to a group can boost happiness. Social connections and a feeling of being part of something larger than oneself are crucial for overall life satisfaction.

4. Work - Having meaningful and fulfilling work is another important macro-nutrient of happiness. Work that aligns with one's values, interests, and skills can provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

5. Freedom - Personal freedom and the ability to make choices that align with one's values and desires are essential for happiness. Feeling in control of one's life and having the freedom to pursue goals and dreams can contribute to overall well-being.

6. Hobbies and Leisure - Engaging in activities that bring joy and relaxation, such as hobbies and leisure pursuits, can enhance happiness. These activities provide opportunities for creativity, enjoyment, and stress relief.

7. Health - Physical and mental well-being are fundamental to happiness. Taking care of one's health through regular exercise, a balanced diet, and managing stress can significantly impact overall life satisfaction.

It's important to note that these macro-nutrients are not independent of each other but often interact and influence one another. People may prioritize these factors differently based on their individual values and circumstances. Brooks' work highlights the idea that happiness is a multifaceted concept, and individuals can enhance their well-being by paying attention to these various dimensions of life.

Here´s to a happier healthier life!

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