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10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today

10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today
Editor's Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list. Happiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it. It’s also no surprise that it’s the Nr.1 value for Buffer’s culture, if you see our slidedeck about it. So naturally we are obsessed with it. I would love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science. 1.Exercise more--7 minutes might be enough You might have seen some talk recently about the scientific 7 minute workout mentioned in The New York Times. Exercise has such a profound effect on our happiness and well-being that it’s actually been proven to be an effective strategy for overcoming depression. The groups were then tested six months later to assess their relapse rate. You don’t have to be depressed to gain benefit from exercise, though. 2. 3. 4. 6. 7. 8. 9. Related:  HEALTH, FOOD, EXERCISE, AND MEDICINEPositive Psychology

Don't Be Scared If Your Surgeon Is Wearing Google Glass In The Operating Room For most people, Google Glass still seems like little more than a gimmick. But in health care, doctors are already finding uses for the technology that could one day save your life. Five years down the line, don't be surprised if surgeons are wearing Google Glass in the operating room. "There was a cognitive integration between what I saw in front of me and the radiographs. Glass could also be used as a teaching tool in the operating room. Surgeons aren't the only ones in the operating room who could make use of Google Glass. Outside the operating room, there are even more applications for the technology. Shakil imagines that doctors could use Google Glass's microphones and cameras to record patient interactions (with consent, of course), making it easy for them to remember and recall specifics. For advocates of the technology, the big challenge will be convincing doctors who have set routines that it makes sense to incorporate Glass into their workdays.

Interview - Stanford Professor Jennifer Aaker on how to increase happiness and meaning in life: Is a little bit of awe what you need to be a better person? Is your calendar the secret to happiness? What makes for a meaningful life? These are some of the things I talked about with my friend Jennifer. She’s a professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and has published fascinating papers on happiness, meaning, money and how we spend our time. Her book is The Dragonfly Effect. Subscribers to my free weekly newsletter get access to extended interviews. The big big power of feeling very very small Eric: You did some research on awe and how it affects us. Jennifer: Absolutely. (Note: Want to try this yourself? Want to be happier? You did another study on how to spend time in order to increase happiness. Jennifer: Sure. More recently, I am also exploring whether we can maximize time, expand time, and design time more proactively (rather than passively). Taking an inventory about where you’re spending your time is revealing. Can you talk about your book, Dragonfly Effect?

UAE workplace: 6 simple ways to be happy at work Many in the UAE workforce are over-worked and over-stressed, and in such a scenario, being a happy person is not easy. Take the case of Penny Oscar, a British national working in Dubai. She’s in the PR industry and believes it is very difficult to be happy at work if the atmosphere is not conducive. “In our industry, we are always trying to keep everybody happy – the clients and the media – and whilst doing, so we become the most unhappy ones. Most of us here work long hours. We don’t even have time to talk to people besides work with pressure building by the hour. If you are in the same boat as Oscar, and believe there is no light at the end of the tunnel, it would be best to move on but if you can’t for various reasons, then try to salvage the situation even if you believe it’s the worst office in the entire world you are in. And while there is no magic wand that will make workplace woes disappear completely, bigger problems can be made lighter if we try a bit harder. #2 Always B +ve

This Roofie-Detecting Glass Could Prevent Date Rape Memory-melting roofies, aka date rape drugs--which lurk odorless, colorless, and tasteless in drinks--may have met their match. DrinkSavvy, a new line of glassware, plastic cups, straws, and stirrers, detects their presence. When a drink is spiked, stop sign-red stripes show up on the cup’s sides; the clear straw or stirrer changes color, too. That such a product is necessary is a sign of grim times, times in which the sinister drugs are too easily acquired and too unknowingly administered. There are more than a million victims of predator drugs every year--and in 2010, DrinkSavvy founder Mike Abramson was one of them. “I ordered my first drink of the night at a birthday party at a Boston club," Abramson tells Co.Design. Abramson made it his mission to avoid another hellish blackout. Next month, thanks to the $52,089 Abramson raised on IndieGoGo, the first batch of straws and 16-oz. plastic cups ships out.

Be Who You Want To Be Yoga At Home - HAPPINESS IS... Yoga and I have an on and off relationship. My desire to practice comes in waves and I'll go months on a yoga high, then completely burn out. Not because I've stopped enjoying it. But because of the time it takes to find a class that fits into my schedule, drive there, find parking, etc. So now, I'm trying yoga at home, using YogaGlo's online classes. I'm not sure why I hadn't done yoga at home before. iPad or laptop. 10 ways to sneak in a workout on a busy day | Health Originally published September 1, 2013 at 5:08 AM | Page modified September 2, 2013 at 7:28 AM We are all busy. Even I, who has built a career out of shooting down “I don’t have time to workout” excuses, have days where my schedule is so jampacked there aren’t enough minutes in the day for a full workout. While it is sometimes a valid excuse, it is still an excuse, and excuses are meant to be busted. While nothing takes the place of a focused, intentional workout, sometimes you just don’t have the time. Here are 10 ways you can sneak in a workout during your busy day. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Seven Habits of Optimistic People Optimists aren’t just people who see the glass half full. They also make more money than pessimists and enjoy health benefits such as fewer colds, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and a longer life. That’s something to smile about. "Children are born optimists and over the course of time, life happens," says Jason Wachob, cofounder and CEO of the healthy living website "Circumstances change and cynicism sets in, but deep down most of us want to get back to the optimism of our childhood." David Mezzapelle, author of Contagious Optimism, has studied optimistic people for five years: "Some people are naturally more optimistic," he says. Optimism isn’t a pie-in-the-sky ideal, says Mezzapelle. Like any healthy habit, Wachob says optimism is something you need to practice every day. 1. Being appreciative of big blessings isn’t enough; Mezzapelle says optimists are grateful for the smallest things in life. 2. "This helps you feel grateful for what you have," he says.

Modern Success: How It Can Screw Us Up and Squash True Happiness | Susie Pearl What is real success, why is happiness more elusive than ever for so many, and why are happiness and success so difficult to get together? Stress is becoming the number one health killer in our modern world. What do we need to do to make some positive changes so we can get successful and be happy? We started a conversation this weekend with a panel at Wilderness Festival looking at how we can we live better and smarter with a lot less stress by looking at the way we manage our mind. Every day this week, there'll be a look at happiness and success from different perspectives with some practical tools to help. Many of us are too busy to read this article. Ruby Wax was on our HuffPost panel at Wilderness this week and she admits she always wanted to be seen as really busy so that people would see her as really successful and the hot ticket. Is it true that the busier we are all of the time, the more successful we are being? I used to look after a lot of celebrities at my PR agency.

A user's guide: 20 things to know about the Affordable Care Act | Local Pages hat do you need to know about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, the health-reform law or the “federal health-care overhaul”? It’s big, it’s far-reaching and, despite what you may have heard, it’s happening. And it will change many things about the way you get health care, whether or not you are one of the more than 1 million state residents currently uninsured, many of whom may benefit directly. Basically, the ACA’s aim is to begin to pull, push and persuade everyone to pile into the big “pool” — the insured. In short, that’s because some of those who study health-care systems have come to believe it’s crazy to have health “insurance” that evaporates if you become too sick to work. And of course if you don’t work ­— and even if you can, for many low-paying jobs — you likely can’t afford insurance in the first place. Nobody ever tried to argue that having no health insurance somehow magically keeps people from getting sick. The picture of the near future isn’t all rosy.

The Number One Cause of Suffering According to Buddhism (and What You Can Do ... Ever heard of the four noble truths of Buddhism? If you haven’t, it’s basically the four principles of life that govern Buddhism philosophy. They are: The truth of suffering (dukkha)The truth of the cause of suffering (samudaya)The truth of the end of suffering (nirhodha)The truth of the path that frees us from suffering (magga) In this article, we’re going to talk about the second noble truth on what causes our suffering and then discuss strategies we can use to overcome it. What Causes Our Suffering According to Buddhism, suffering arises from attachment to desires. Buddhism says that the only constant in the universe is change, and by desiring you are trying to control and make something fixed. Suffering Ceases When Attachment To Desire Ceases The end to suffering is when the mind experiences freedom from attachment. How Do You Eliminate Desire? It’s important to remember that it’s impossible to eliminate desire completely. 1. What Are Some Practical Strategies? 2) Embrace Change. Comments

The Correlation between Money and Happiness oney and happiness have been married and divorced umpteen times by economists. A recent study by University of Michigan professors Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers united moolah and mirth after Richard Easterlin, an economist and professor at the University of South Carolina, separated them in 1974. While the Easterlin Paradox stated that rise in income does not necessarily increase happiness, the new research refutes it by proving that the higher the income or the GDP (Gross Domestic Product), the more happy the person or the country is. No conditions apply. Between the two polar studies, several researchers tried to bring money and happiness together by establishing a threshold till which they hold hands before parting ways. For instance, in 2003, British economist Richard Layard set $15,000 as the point beyond which money does not fetch happiness. But on a macro level, what does the country’s GDP say with regard to the happiness-meter of its citizens?