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5 Postive actions proven to increase your wellbeing and happiness…

By Marcus Santer

The Saturday Quote:

“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow,
“is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
The Once And Future King by T.H.White

It was my birthday on Thursday and to celebrate Clarabella and I went to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.

It’s been about 5 years since I last went and they’ve really tarted it up.

We spent a very enjoyable 2 hours there.

As we were walking around I had to giggle at one of the pieces of writing on a wall.

It outlined 5 actions you could take to improve your happiness.

I recognised them straight away.

How come?

Because I shared them in the April 2015 edition of The Healthy Ageing Digest. They were part of the research I did looking into evidence based ways to improve your well being and happiness.

And a whole lot more.

There’s a reason why years later, I still refer to this edition of the Digest as the “Happiness Issue”.

Now I don’t have the space here to share the 12 pages of findings with you, but I can share the findings of the study funded by the UK’s Government Office for Science [1].

They went on a mission to find 5 positive actions you can take to improve your well being and the quality of your life.

It’s the same list of 5 on the museum wall (they were emphasising the role of action 5 and encouraging you to make a donation – very clever).

Here they are:

  1. Connect – Take time to be with your loved ones and friends. Your social relationships are vital to your happiness and wellbeing.
  2. Be Active – Your body was built to move and moving your body is a fantastic way to improve your mood. If necessary take some time to find a physical activity you enjoy.
  3. Take Notice – Be aware of the world around you and inside you. Enjoy the moment and take notice of how you’re feeling. The value of this is based on mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
  4. Keep Learning – Learn something new or rekindle and old interest. Set yourself a challenge you’ll enjoy achieving. Studies show those who continue learning and being curious about the world around them have better life outcomes than those who don’t.
  5. Give – When you give of your time, energy, attention or even your money you feel good. Why? Because giving is linked to the reward mechanism in your brain. So do something nice for someone for no other reason than doing it.

You’d do well to take these 5 positive actions to heart and put them to work in your life.

Now then, if you’ve found this post interesting, I think it’s safe to say you’d love The Healthy Ageing Digest. The monthly – in print – publication of The ZEN+ Project.

In each issue I go in depth, looking for evidence based ways for you to stay younger for longer.

And I share them with you in an easy to digest and some would say, entertaining fashion.

You can find full details of the Healthy Ageing Digest here.

Bye for now

Marcus

P.S. When it comes to living and ageing well, the Internet is flooded with BS.

It’s hard to tell fact from fiction.

Which is why I share my references at the end of each issue of The Healthy Ageing Digest.

That way you don’t just have to take my word for what I’ve written…

… You can check it out for yourself if you like.

Each issue is at least 12 pages of single lined spaced, size 12 font, concentrated information you won’t find collected together anywhere else.

Click here for more details.

Reference:
[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/five-ways-to-mental-wellbeing Part of the UK Governments Foresight study involving over 400 experts and included over 100 commissioned reviews of the state of the science of well-being.