FIVE KEYS TO HAPPINESS

FIVE KEYS TO HAPPINESS

Happiness can be fleeting, says New York psychiatrist Carrie Bonder, but not if you follow these tips they’re guaranteed to keep the sunshine in your smile:

  • Purge clutter — “It’s amazing how much happier you feel once you’ve gotten rid of extra stuff,” explains New York psychiatrist Carrie Bonder. “If you haven’t used something in six months, get rid of it.”
  • Dependable friends — Your happiness is directly related to your ability to share life’s ups and downs. “Share your private thoughts with your friends and fight the blues as a team,” Bonder says.
  • Give in to little temptations — You want to be perfect stick to a diet, keep a clean home, get to work on time and remember everyone’s birthdays, but no one can do it all. Give yourself permission to splurge just a little like a slice of fudge after Sunday dinner and you’ll be happier than ever.
  • Don’t give in to regret — Stop second guessing your decisions. “Whenever you face an important decision, pick two and only two requirements your choice needs to fill,” recommends Bonder. “For example, if you’re buying a car and you pick good mileage and a big backseat as your requirements, then your choice becomes clear. You won’t waste time later worrying about the tiny sports car that got away.”
  • Balance hard work and relaxation — Lazing around on the couch all day makes you just as miserable as keeping your nose to the grindstone. “The secret is to alternate between things you need to get done like balancing your checkbook and things you just like doing like watching TV,” explains Bonder.

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