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I saw this very interesting infographic about The Science of Happiness and I just had to share it with you.

 

I’m interested to hear what jumps out at you. Here’s what I noticed right away.

 

1. Being outside is a necessary thing.
Looks like even 20 minutes can be helpful. And, similar to Barbara Frederickson’s work on positivity, it seems that soaking up some sun can help broaden your ability to be creative and problem-solve. 20 minutes a day. I think we can manage that!

 

2. Should we move to Mexico?
Mexico has the most satisfied people, the most optimistic people, and the happiest kids. Who knew?

 

3. I need more bananas.
Who couldn’t use a bit more dopamine? And we can get it from really healthy stuff. Including bananas!

 

4. It takes a village.
I love, love, love the snippet about the two biggest factors that contribute to happiness around the world: a sense of community and community celebrations. Resilience research also shows that a sense of community and having social support are essential to bouncing back in life. And the ritual of celebrations is a wonderful way to welcome each other and generate belonging and happiness.

 

5. Abraham Maslow was right.
Leading a meaningful, purposeful life is just bound to help us be happier. You might want to check out my post here about the journey toward living a rich, meaningful life.

 

What jumps out at you about the infographic? Let me know in the comments section.

 

Science of Happiness
Graphic by WebpageFX

 

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    Last reviewed: 3 Jan 2014

APA Reference
Emel, B. (2014). Infographic – The Science of Happiness. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 24, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/bounce-back/2014/01/infographic-the-science-of-happiness/

 

 

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