I went through a number of great books on happiness and pulled together ten research-based tips that can help build a happier life:
1) Cut the small talk. Discuss what matters.
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2) Have at least 5 friends you can discuss your problems with.
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3) Don’t just cheer people up. Celebrate their good news.
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4) Write down your hopes and dreams.
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5) Live a month like it’s your last.
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6) Know what makes everyone happy and everyone sad.
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7) Join a group.
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8) For a happier life, set goals.
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9) Optimism can save your life.
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10) Anticipating happiness will double your happiness.
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This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.
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