17 Mar Happiness lessons from the town that got happy!
10 years ago an experiment saw a British psychologist try to make a whole town happy.
And his efforts were relatively successful!
So what can we learn about happiness from the efforts in Slough? Quite a lot, actually. And if you do what the people of Slough did then you can enjoy more happiness too…
via Psychology Today
In 2005, psychologist Richard Stevens initiated an experiment in the town of Slough, (rhymes with cow) in the Berkshire section of England. The purpose of his project was to determine whether it might be possible to intentionally raise the happiness level of an entire community by promoting certain practices among the population. Fifty Sloughians volunteered to participate in the program that was three months in length.
They agreed to live in accordance with these ten guidelines:
1. Plant and nurture something
2. Count your blessings (at least 5/day)
3. Have at least one hour-long conversation with a loved one each week
4. Phone a friend you've been out of touch with and meet up
5. Have a tasty treat each day and take plenty of time to enjoy it
6. Exercise for at least ½ hour at least 3x/week
7. Smile at and say hello to a stranger at least once a day
8. Have a good laugh at least once a day
9. Cut your TV viewing by at least 50 percent
10. Do a good deed at least once a day
Most people have been exposed to numerous books and magazine articles about happiness and positive psychology since these topics have become popularized in the media over the past couple of decades. Consequently they would probably say that there is little in these guidelines that could qualify as revelatory news to the general public. What is unique about the Making Slough Happy experiment is that it is the first (and so far the only) study of a community in which a significant number of participants have consistently engaged in practices over an extended period of time that have produced a significant increase in happiness levels…
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