Extracted from Yahoo! Shine, these are 9 signs you're happier than you think. Let's review and see if I have comments.
1. You were a smiley student
According to the article, i have to check the year book. But I believe, I did not have a big grin in my MRSM year book. It was more like, senyum control :P Picture was actually taken at a very small pekan in Penang named Kongsi. So you can't really blame me :) Hehehe...
2. You have a sister
Oh yes, I do have a sister. Baby - the baby sister. So as claimed in the article:"People with at least one female sibling report better social support, more optimism, and better coping abilities, according to a study presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference. Sisters appear to encourage communication and cohesion in families" hmmm.... I like the fact this made me happy. Now, I pity those who didn't have one :)
3. You're not glued to the TV
The happiest people spend 30% less time parked in front of the tube
I can be in this category however it is not the TV. I'm glued to the internet! Which is as contagious as it is being in front of the TV! I can youtubed so many things and at the same time; hopped to one fashion blog to another! I have to cut down time spent on the internet. Seriously, I do... So this is not a happy harteeny sign.
4. You keep souvenirs on display
People who use mementos or photos to remind themselves of good times better appreciate their lives and are happier, says Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, a professor of psychology at University of California, Riverside. Good memories remind you of your “happiness potential” and promise that soon you can reach it again.
I used to have picture frames everywhere. Now, no more. I don't like unpractical gifts like patung2, magnets, ape2lah yang too small, collect habuk :P But if received of course, Thank You. I need to update my board. or rather; Wall with new pictures. Happy pictures.
5. You make exercise a priority
People who exercise more are less likely to be stressed and more likely to be satisfied with life, according to Danish researchers. Compared with sedentary people, joggers are 70% less likely to have high stress levels and life dissatisfaction, the study found. Couch potatoes who start moderate exercise—the equivalent of 17 to 34 minutes a day—experience the greatest happiness lift.
OMG, i definitely fail this one and in desperate need to start doing something about this. See how easy for me to run from this topic. I can only write this much of comment because i know I'm in sin when it comes to EXERCISING!
6. You have a healthy love life
InsyaAllah, I can ace this one. Nothing keeps me happier than having Zukry in my life. I just have to get him at sight daily - now only weekly :(
7. You hang out with happy people
This one, i need to be careful with. Sometimes, the very good ones may lead to the very bad ones... What I'm saying is; just don't hang out too long. Sometimes, you just got to know when to stop doing nothing but gossiping, lepaking, etc.
8. You stay warm with hot cocoa
Clutching a steaming beverage—coffee and tea also do the trick—can elicit a flood of positive feelings, according to a Yale University study. This may be because people associate physical warmth with emotional warmth, say the researchers. Study subjects held cups of either hot or iced coffee; those gripping warm mugs were more appreciative of friendliness in others and also felt more generous and trusting themselves.
No doubt about this one. It's just too much caffeine is not healthy for me. Not healthy at all. BUT I love coffee to bits!
9. You have two best friends
Among 654 married adults, those who said they had at least two “best friends” (not necessarily including one’s spouse) were likelier to have better mental well-being, says a study. But additional friends didn’t lead to any more happiness than just a pair.
I have many... Bestest - yes, two. Exclusive of husband :)