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5 Easy Ways to Give and Get a Happiness Boost
This is an excerpt. You can read more on Happify, an online resource with tips about the science of happiness.
Actively helping people does good things for all involved. You get a positive brain boost and so does the person you helped. Paul Zak, PhD, a neuroeconomist and a professor at Claremont Graduate University, says even small acts of kindness can help the giver and the recipient-feel good. Here are five of Dr. Zak’s tips for getting a happiness boost.
1. “How can I be of service to you?”
this phrase can be used with anyone, at any time. Is a friend or family member is going through a rough transition, or even a great even (such as welcoming a new baby), a check-in like”How can I be of service to you?” will be appreciated.
2. Maintain eye contact (and stop checking your phone!)
“When someone gives you all of their attention it’s a gift,” says Zak.
3. Stop pretending you’re the only person in the box
Zak became an elevator talker — one of those people who engages with strangers while riding in elevators. Some people really answer, and it’s clear they’ve been waiting for someone to ask.
4. Comment on their emotions
Chances are you have noticed occasions when your coworkers, friends, and family members have seemed more happy, sad, relaxed, or frustrated than usual. By commenting on these observations you can make a person feel seen; by asking them why they’re feeling that way you give them a chance to feel heard, too.
5. Expand your use of the “L” word
If you have dear friends or colleagues, express it to them using “love” if you’re comfortable with it, or other words if you aren’t.
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