Finding Happiness in One Minute
This issue becomes an attention of Richard Wiseman, a professor at the University of Hertfordshire and author of “59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot.”
Wiseman has collected hundreds of studies from various areas of behavioral science. Starting from the mood for memory, persuasion for the delay, resistance to the relationship. As a result, Wiseman found some exercises that have been scientifically proven to improve your quality of life, in just one minute a day, according to AOL Health.
1. To reduce stress, pray for others. Recognize the power of prayer. After interviewing more than 1,000 people who often pray for other people (for example about welfare and health), researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health found that this activity could actually help reduce the mental stress they feel.
Another fun thing is that pray do not require a lot of physical energy. Researcher says you can say a prayer in the heart, anywhere, anytime.
2. To increase motivation, express purpose or plan in your life to others, such as friends or family. If your latest plan is to start your own business, try to express it to friends. When your friends listen and support, this can keep you motivated.
In a series of studies published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, volunteers were asked to guess the level of steepness of the hill and how difficult to climb. When the volunteers then joined their friends, their estimates of the steepness decreased 15 percent compared to when their alone. They also think that when climbing the hill together with friends, the job is easier.
“Revealing your goals to others will help you achieve it, because friends and family often provide much-needed support, especially when the going gets tough. And some research suggests that having close friends, will make life easier, “said Wiseman.
3. Find inner happiness through gratitude. Wiseman’s findings have been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. In the study, Wiseman divided the volunteers into three groups. Then, each group was asked to spend time each day to write about them.
One group were asked to list five things that makes them grateful, two groups were asked to list five things that bothers them, and the third group should write down five things they accomplished that day.
As a result, volunteers which were given task to record their gratitude, reported to be more optimistic in viewing the future.