2 new happiness and positive psychology stories

2 new happiness and positive psychology stories

If you go to the book store, it seems as though there’s a how-to book for everything from dieting to pet care to building furniture. But how can you find happiness, and what techniques actually work? Gretchin Rubin, blogger and author of “The Happiness Project”, discusses how she spent a year testing different paths to happiness.

During her quest towards, Rubin realized that although happiness seems like a lofty goal, you can actually increase your level of happiness just by doing some simple, everyday things. “One of the things that has worked for me… is just to make your bed in the morning,” says Rubin. “For a lot of people, outer order contributes to a feeling of inner calm.” By simplifying one thing every day, people earn a sense of accomplishment and self control.

Some people choose to write gratitude journals to help stay positive. Rubin, though, says gratitude journals didn’t work for her. “I tried keeping a gratitude journal and after about ten days, it just really started to annoy me,” says Rubin. She later learned that the journals work best if you don’t keep them on a daily basis, but instead journal once or twice a week. “By then I had soured on the whole thing,” says Rubin. “For me, keeping a gratitude journal didn’t work, but a lot of people do say it’s helpful.”

To read more about Gretchen’s happiness project – click here

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced he doesn’t like gross domestic product. And he is not alone. The King of Bhutan and many other people feel the same way.

GDP, as the economic yardstick is known to its closer friends, is supposed to measure how well countries are doing and how much things are improving.

To do that, it measures one main thing: money.

Now there is nothing wrong with money. Even Sarkozy likes it. But the big question raised by le Prê©sident de la Rê©publique and his expert panel of economists was, “Is money enough?”

To read more about finding happiness beyond GDP – click here