Like most people, you probably want to live a happier life. However, any psychologist will be quick to tell you that happiness is not something you can switch on and off like a light switch – happiness is something you have to work on, and it’s something that many areas of your life contribute to, like how you spend your time and who you spend it with.
We thought this article on the four levels of happiness was interesting and want to point out a few insights we think you might find helpful, too. If you want to feel happier every day, there are four levels of happiness you should tune into.
- Live a Purposeful Life
Psychological research has discovered time and time again that living a purposeful life is directly tied to a life of satisfaction. If you’re not sure if your life is purpose-driven, ask yourself if you like what you do every day, if you reached some of the goals you set for yourself recently, and if you get to use your personal strengths regularly.
- Live a Life of Variety
There’s a lot of truth to the old cliché “variety is the spice of life.” Take the initiative to expose yourself to new people, new places, and new ideas to get yourself out of a monotonous routine.
- Live a Life of Belonging
It’s hard to be happy when you feel unheard, marginalized, or unwelcome. If your sense of belonging is low at home, at work, or in your community, try expanding your social network and find people who have similar interests and tastes to your own.
- Live a Life of Fun
Every once in a while, it’s good to have some old-fashioned fun! Referred to as hedonic happiness by psychologists, finding ways to bring small doses of joy to your life by praying, exercising, socializing, resting, etc. can bring more happiness to your everyday.
Even though you might not be surprised by how to improve your happiness, it’s always good to have the reminder. And the next time you feel like you’re in a happiness rut, adding variety, improving your sense of purpose and community, and having some fun can do a world of good.