Three inexpensive attitudes that can bring happiness. Ufabet.
Reading – especially if you use the public library or the minilibrary you have established in your stairway – and since you are reading this, you probably already agree. Bibliotherapy, the art of using books to aid people in solving the issues they are facing, has been around for decades, and the belief in the healing power of books is said to go as far back as ancient Egypt and Greece, where signs above libraries would let readers know that they were entering a healing place for the soul.
More recently, psychologists at the New School for Social Research found that fiction books improve our ability to register and read others’ emotions and, according to an article in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, research also shows that literary fiction enhances our ability to reflect on our problems through reading about characters who are facing similar issues and problems.
Basically, reading is free therapy.
2. Create a smile file
When a new employee starts there, they are handed a ‘Smile File’ and asked to write down every nice comment they receive from co-workers, clients and their bosses. Why? Because people remember criticism far better than praise. It is an inexpensive approach we can apply in our personal lives to become more aware of the things that we do have, instead of focusing on what we don’t.
Once a week, write down three to five things you are grateful for. Anything from ‘My family and friends are healthy’ to ‘Coffee and the Rolling Stones’, but try also to elaborate on how they impact on your life in a positive way. Studies show that translating our thoughts into concrete written language has advantages, compared to just thinking about it. It makes us more aware and increases the emotional impact.
In recent years, ‘gratitude journals’ have become more and more popular, but it is important not to treat these exercises as just another item on your to-do list. Also, studies show that it is better to do it occasionally – say, once a weekthan every day, to keep it from becoming a routine.
3. Establish a free-fun fellowship
Many of us organize our social life around restaurant visits or bars. If money becomes tight, you may risk becoming isolated. In order to counter that, you might form a free-fun fellowship in which each friend takes a turn at planning an inexpensive activity and you all meet up to spend time together doing it.
What you can do is visit museums, go swimming, play board games and go hiking. These things might not be for you. You may hate deer and trees, and you may have to find your own way, but the point is to try to remove the value and power of money when it comes to happiness.