The Positive Psychology class taught by Ben Shahar attracts 1400 Students per term and 20% of Harvard graduates opt for this elective course. According to Ben Shahar, the class focuses on Happiness, Self-esteem and Motivation. It provides students the tools to succeed and face life with more joy. This 35-year-old teacher, considered by some to be “the happiness guru”, highlights in his class 14 key tips for improving the quality of our personal status and contributing to a positive life. Here they are:
🚩Tip 1. Thank something bigger than yourself for everything you have
Write down 10 things you have in your life that give you happiness. Focus on the good things.
🚩Tip 2. Practice physical activity
Experts say exercising helps improve mood. 30 minutes of exercise is the best antidote against sadness and stress.
🚩Tip 3. Don’t miss Breakfast
Some people miss breakfast for lack of time or not to get fat. Studies show that breakfast gives you energy, helps you think and perform your activities successfully.
🚩Tip 4. Be Assertive
Ask what you want and say what you think. Being assertive helps improve your self-esteem. Being left and remaining silent creates sadness and hopelessness.
🚩Tip 5. Spend your money on experiences
A study found that 75% of people felt happier when they invested their money in Travel, Courses and Classes; while only the rest said they felt happier when buying things.
🚩Tip 6. Face your challenges
Studies show that the more you postpone something, the more anxiety and tension you generate. Write short weekly lists of tasks and complete them.
🚩Tip 7. Put everywhere nice memories, phrases and photos of people you love
Fill your fridge, your computer, your desk, your room, your life, of beautiful memories.
🚩Tip 8. Always greet and be nice to other people
More than 100 inquiries state that just smiling changes the mood.
Tip 9. Wear Comfortable Shoes.
🚩Tip 9. Wear comfortable shoes
If your feet hurt you, you become moody, says Dr. Keinth Wapner, President of the American Orthopedics Association.
🚩Tip 10. Take care of your posture
Walk straight with your shoulders slightly backwards and the front view helps to maintain a good mood.
🚩Tip 11. Listen to great music
It is proven that listening to music awakens you to sing, this will make your life happy.
🚩Tip 12. What you eat has an impact on your mood
Do not skip meals, eat light every 3 to 4 hours and keep glucose levels stable. Avoid excess white flour and sugar. Eat everything & vary your food.
🚩Tip 13. Take care of yourself and feel attractive
70% of people say they feel happier when they think they look good.
Tip 14. Fervently believe in a God.
🚩Tip 14. Fervently believe in a God
This is very personal and ‘God’ has different meanings to different people, both good and bad. Our suggestion would be to believe in something bigger than yourself. Believe in magic, believe there is something holding all this together. Feel in awe of the wonder of the world and the beauty within it. Look for the little things, get curious.