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Start 2016 With The Most Popular Happiness Exercises

Happy new year!! 2015 was a great year and I’m convinced that 2016 will be even better. Let’s start the new year off right with some happiness exercises. I reviewed all of my articles from 2015 and found the 5 most popular posts. Each article listed below reviews character strengths and/or mindfulness interventions, and all of the strategies, tips and research can help you achieve greater happiness and well-being.

As always, I attempt to make the science practical – useful for your daily life.

1.) Strength mantras

To boost happiness, you need to take some kind of action. Why not choose 1 or 2 of these 24 simple phrases?

2.) Strength interventions

Need help in taking action with your strengths? Here are 10 science-based strategies that have not gotten much attention.

3.) Mindfulness – Getting Started

Do you have the sense that mindfulness practice might be right for you but don’t know how to start? Here are 5 tips that no one has told you about how to practice mindfulness.

4.) Mindful maintenance

The next challenge is to MAINTAIN your mindfulness practice. Here are 24 ways to make your mindfulness stickier. Any of your 24 character strengths can be woven into your meditation.

5.) Why it all works!

Research continues to build in support of strategies in positive psychology, mindfulness, and character strengths. Take a look at these 10 recent findings that support why character strengths are too important to neglect.


VIA Institute on Character (nonprofit organization in Cincinnati, Ohio)

VIA Survey of character strengths (free test measuring strengths)

VIA Classification of character strengths and virtues(common language for strengths)

Mindfulness and Character Strengths (book that discusses both topics)

Start 2016 With The Most Popular Happiness Exercises

Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D

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Niemiec, R. (2016). Start 2016 With The Most Popular Happiness Exercises. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 1, 2020, from


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