Check out all these things you can do to promote your happiness!

Check out all these things you can do to promote your happiness!

by Susie Wolbe via the Huffington Post

Do these lines from songs stir up any memories for you?

If you're happy and you know it clap your hands…

Or how about Pharrell's Clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth.

Until the late 1990s, very little had actually been researched about happiness. The focus was only on the negative: what was wrong with people and how to treat their problems. Addictions, Anger, Anxiety… and continuing down through the alphabet until you got to Stress, Trauma, and Violence.

And then, in 1998, Martin Seligman, an American psychologist, educator, and author of several self-help books, made a game-changing inaugural speech as president of the American Psychological Association. He said he believed psychology was half-baked. The part about researching mental illness was baked, but the strength side of the human psyche, the side about what we're good at and what we can do to get even better at reaching those positive feelings, needed to be equally researched.

That was the turning point. That's when researchers started looking into what makes us feel positive. What is happiness and what practices help you become happier? Does gratitude impact happiness? Does happiness impact health and length of life? Who's happier: someone married or someone single? The list goes one and on. And the answers are found in mainstream society on a regular basis.

  • The TODAY show started adding segments on good news.

  • Positive News is a U.K. website that focuses on positive news stories around the world.

  • TED.com has a website that has many offerings that exemplify how the world is getting better.

Not to lost among these notable shows and websites is the Greater Good Science Center's The Science of Happiness. This free eight-week course offers research-based tips on living a happy and meaningful life.

Maybe it's time that we all focused on what makes people happier…

…keep reading for the practical tips HERE