This article titled "5 things that will make you happier" from MSNBC News on Twitter caught my eye the other day. I read it and tweeted about it. Scientists have argued that happiness is largely determined by genetics, health, and various factors beyond our control. But a psychologist named Sonja Lyubomirsky from the University of California, Riverside, says part of our happiness "is within our power to change."
Lyubomirsky spoke at a recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She and her colleagues have reviewed numerous studies, the results of which were published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.
Here are five things research shows can improve happiness:
1. Be grateful
2. Be optimistic
3. Count your blessings
4. Use your strengths
5. Commit acts of kindness
It makes sense that these five things can make us happier, but it struck me that by focusing on these five things we could also impact the lives of the people we are around every day -- whether it's patients, team members, other doctors...
Any thoughts about this?