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According to Aristotle, happiness is "the best, noblest, and most pleasant thing," and "the highest good," Everything we do in life is either for our own happiness or for the happiness of others. According to Aristotle, happiness is "the best, noblest, and most pleasant thing," and "the highest good," Everything we do in life is either for our own happiness or for the happiness of others.
-After abstract discussions of what constitutes happiness, we usually find that it is something which simply "ensues." It is a by-product resulting from our inner and outer actions. So is it amendable to practical Lifehacks? --[[User:Gochess|gochess]]+After abstract discussions of what constitutes happiness, one usually finds that it is something which simply "ensues." It is a by-product resulting from our inner and outer actions. So is it amendable to practical Lifehacks? --[[User:Gochess|gochess]]
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* Meditate. (Silence the automatic self-chatter within.) * Meditate. (Silence the automatic self-chatter within.)
-* (ADD YOUR FAVORITE ACTION POINT HERE. Thanks. --[[User:Gochess|gochess]])+* <i>(ADD YOUR FAVORITE ACTION POINT HERE. Thanks.)</i>
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==See also== ==See also==
-* Wikipedia has a fairly good [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happiness article on happiness]. There is a section entitled "Behaviors and emotions associated with happiness." The Lifehacks perspective here is intended to refine such Behaviors into useful practice of everyday habits.+* Wikipedia has a fairly good [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happiness article on happiness]. There is a section entitled "Behaviors and emotions associated with happiness." The Lifehacks perspective here is intended to refine such Behaviors into useful practice of everyday habits. --[[User:Gochess|gochess]] 13:01, 13 December 2005 (EST)
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From theory to Lifehacks

According to Aristotle, happiness is "the best, noblest, and most pleasant thing," and "the highest good," Everything we do in life is either for our own happiness or for the happiness of others.

After abstract discussions of what constitutes happiness, one usually finds that it is something which simply "ensues." It is a by-product resulting from our inner and outer actions. So is it amendable to practical Lifehacks? --gochess


BBC experiment

The BBC in the UK started an experiment in a challenged area 22 miles west of London. Six experts (read their happiness tips), from various fields such as psychology and economics, worked together to improve the happiness of people in the Berkshire town of Slough. On 15 November 2005, fifty volunteers were given the HAPPINESS MANIFESTO, which they agreed to incorporate into their daily lives.

Happiness Manifesto

For the record, here are the action points which they thought useful:

  • Get physical. Exercise for half an hour three times a week.
  • Count your blessings. At the end of each day, reflect on at least five things you're grateful for.
  • Talk time. Have an hour-long uninterrupted conversation with your partner or closest friend each week.
  • Plant something. Even if it’s a window box or pot plant. Keep it alive!
  • Cut your TV viewing by half.
  • Smile at and/or say hello to a stranger. At least once each day.
  • Phone a friend. Make contact with at least one friend or relation you have not been in contact for a while and arrange to meet up.
  • Have a good laugh at least once a day.
  • Every day make sure you give yourself a treat. Take time to really enjoy this.
  • Daily kindness. Do an extra good turn for someone each day.


Follow-up experiments

  • A team at 43things is currently making some progress. Lab book entries there tend to be episodic personal blogs. Here we need to be more systematic, and identify the "principal components" of effective actions which result in Happiness.


Your experience

Please add specific action points which have worked for you:

  • Meditate. (Silence the automatic self-chatter within.)
  • (ADD YOUR FAVORITE ACTION POINT HERE. Thanks.)


See also

  • Wikipedia has a fairly good article on happiness. There is a section entitled "Behaviors and emotions associated with happiness." The Lifehacks perspective here is intended to refine such Behaviors into useful practice of everyday habits. --gochess 13:01, 13 December 2005 (EST)
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