Do these 8 things every day to be happier and filled with less regret

Do these 8 things every day to be happier and filled with less regret

Our income may be rising, but our happiness levels are not.

As Ben Schiller wrote in a Fast Company piece earlier this year, Americans aren’t breaking any happiness records. In fact, the latest United Nations Happiness Report puts us at No. 18 on the “happiest countries” list, with Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Switzerland rounding out the top five. This, despite a strong economy and low joblessness.

Of course, there are big-picture reasons for this drop. The report cites disease, substance abuse, and depression as key factors undermining Americans’ happiness. And it’s difficult to overstate the complexity and enormity of these issues. However, for many of us, there are much simpler steps that we can do each day to bring more joy into our lives while staving off regrets…


Seneca on Grief and the Key to Resilience in the Face of Loss: An Extraordinary Letter to His Mother

“Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be,” Joan Didion observed in her classic meditation on loss. Abraham Lincoln, in his moving letter of consolation to a grief-stricken young woman, wrote of how time transmutes grief into “a sad sweet feeling in your heart.” But what, exactly, is the mechanism of that transmutation and how do we master it before it masters us when grief descends in one of its unforeseeable guises?

Long before Didion, before Lincoln, another titan of thought — the great Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca — addressed this in what might be the crowning achievement in the canon of consolation letters, folding into his missive…


My gratitude journal helps me see the light on the darkest of days

gratitude journal
“My gratitude journal helps me see the light even on the darkest of days.” – Jill Stark. (the author of Happy Never After: Why The Happiness Fairytale Is Driving Us Mad.) Credit: Stocksy

It’s the clip I always come back to when the world gets too grim – four baby pandas gleefully hurling themselves face-first down a slide in a Chinese conservation centre.

Ninety seconds of pure joy that never fails to cheer me up.  In an age where we’re bombarded with bad news, sometimes it’s the simplest pleasures that help keep us afloat.

An insatiable 24-7 news cycle and social media’s immediacy can paint a bleak picture of the world that leaves us feeling as if we’re perpetually teetering on the brink of the apocalypse.

From the moment we wake up and reach for our phone we’re greeted with a series of calamitous events and doomsday predictions right there in the palm of our hand…



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