Too Much Stress Makes a Giant Mess
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Post No.: 0386   Fluffystealthkitten says:   A little bit of stress is beneficial for optimum performance but too much at once, or any amount for too long, will have a drastic negative effect, not just on one’s performance but … Read More

Your Best Possible Self and Expressive Writing
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Post No.: 0371   Furrywisepuppy says:   Your best possible self is a happiness exercise that allows you to imagine your best possible self in, say, 5 or 10 years time in the future. This vision or plan gives us … Read More

Humans Evolved for Each Other
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Post No.: 0354   Furrywisepuppy says:   Humans are overall a very social and egalitarian species – with extensive friendships and sharing beyond immediate family members being a common norm. Humans pair-bond in lasting intimate relationships – people are overwhelmingly … Read More

Many Things To Be Grateful For
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Post No.: 0342   Furrywisepuppy says:   I think that gratitude needs a lot more mentions as a key ingredient for a happy and content life! So much about social life is about giving, receiving, repaying and reciprocation thus gratefulness … Read More

Eudaimonic Versus Hedonic Pleasure
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Post No.: 0314   Furrywisepuppy says:   Happiness is ironically not easily found when demanding and pursuing constant feelings of happiness and pleasure, or when expecting our needs and desires to be quickly met (e.g. via opioid drugs, gambling or … Read More

Prioritise Positive Activities Daily
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Post No.: 0300   Furrywisepuppy says:   Happiness is apparently ~50% biological (e.g. genetics, hormones), ~10% circumstances (e.g. one’s money, job, having a partner, having a baby – things that we can change but not so easily) and ~40% down … Read More

That Transcending Feeling of Awe
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Post No.: 0286   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Awe is that feeling of intense respect, amazement or transcendence we get when we’re in the presence of something so incredible and wonderful. It’s what we feel when we say, “Wow!” to what … Read More

Locus of Control, Choice and Commitment
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Post No.: 0276   Furrywisepuppy says:   People with a high internal locus of control tend to be able to cope with pressures better – they tend to see things as challenges, feel that they have control of their own … Read More

Gratitude Journal and Gratitude Letters
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Post No.: 0261   Furrywisepuppy says:   One way to take a regular moment to reflect on things to be thankful for, rather than take them for granted, is to keep a regular gratitude journal. This habit helps you to … Read More

Compassion Fruit of the Spirit
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Post No.: 0245   Furrywisepuppy says:   Being benevolent and pro-social (e.g. sharing, helping, cooperating, donating and volunteering) has benefits for one’s own health and happiness. Giving our own resources to bring joy to or to relieve suffering from others … Read More

The ‘Experiencing Self’ and ‘Remembering Self’
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Post No.: 0230   Furrywisepuppy says:   Your ‘experiencing self’ (how you actually feel when you’re living life rather than thinking about it) and your ‘remembering self’ (how you feel when remembering a time in your life when looking back … Read More

In Dog We Trust
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Post No.: 0224   Furrywisepuppy says:   Good relationships are key for achieving happiness, and trust is probably the most important aspect of any kind of relationship – it’s more important than being attractive, funny and so on. Most relationship … Read More

Friendships are One of the Strongest Predictors of Happiness
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Post No.: 0211   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Rather than money – having good friendships or social relationships and support is one of the strongest predictors of happiness. To clarify further, it’s the quality, not quantity, of our social connections that … Read More

The State of Flow or Being ‘In the Zone’
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Post No.: 0192   Furrywisepuppy says:   One state of happiness during our waking hours is when we’re in a state of flow. Flow was briefly mentioned in Post No.: 0135 in the context of play and exercise. ‘Flow’ is … Read More

Mindful Breathing, Body Scan and Loving-Kindness Meditation
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Post No.: 0180   Furrywisepuppy says:   Post No.: 0088 hopefully clarified what mindfulness is about and what it isn’t about. The following are a few different types of meditations you can try.   To make it easier, you might … Read More

Is Having More Choice Always Better?
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Post No.: 0170   Furrywisepuppy says:   Being presented with any choice, on the face of it, should always be at least no worse than being presented no choice at all, when the ‘you have no choice’ ‘option’ is one … Read More

Key Ingredients for a Happier Work Life
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Post No.: 0164   Furrywisepuppy says:   At work, there are many things that are critical for one’s furry sense of well-being besides just the size of one’s salary and any material fringe benefits. One can appreciate that not everyone … Read More

A Limit to Buying Happiness
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Post No.: 0158   Furrywisepuppy says:   Money is important to us for our survival and (for some more than others) our self-esteem. Money and a job can bring about a sense of security too, and hence life satisfaction. It … Read More

Go For Positive Experiences Over Material Possessions
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Post No.: 0149   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Seeking positive experiences is generally better for our happiness and life satisfaction than seeking material possessions. It’s our experiences that ultimately become our life narrative, whereas material possessions generally don’t. It’s our experiences … Read More

Laughter, Play, Regular Physical Exercise and Nature
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Post No.: 0135   Furrywisepuppy says:   Laughter is indeed a medicine that one is recommended to take regularly. (I like watching lots of comedy!) It overall decreases our blood pressure, enhances our immune function, reduces the focus on any … Read More

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