How To Be Happy: Tips For Cultivating Contentment And Resilience

Only 10% or so of the variation in people's reports of happiness can be explained by differences in their circumstances. Factors such as the type of job you have and how much money you make, do not equate to lasting happiness. Research suggests that the concepts of contentment (life satisfaction) and resilience account for a large part of happiness.
Being resilient means that when stress, adversity or trauma strikes, you still experience anger, grief and pain, but you're able to keep functioning both physically and psychologically. Resilience isn't about toughing it out, being stoic or going it alone. In fact, being aware of the problems, putting healthy coping strategies into action and knowing when to ask for help or reach out to others for support is a key component of being resilient. Resilience won't make your problems go away, but resilience can give you the ability to see past them, find enjoyment in life and better handle stress.
Research has also shown that people who demonstrate high levels of resilience and contentment seem to consistently embody the following qualities:
• Strong connections and relationships
• Have a purpose
• Live in the moment
• Grateful
• Optimistic
• Proactive with problems
• Take care of themselves
This list of qualities seems logical and fairly straight forward and you may be doing these things already. But for some people it can it can take some effort to cultivate these qualities. This article will examine each quality and give you some practical tips and strategies on how you can build these things into your life.
1) Invest in relationships
Strong social connections and relationships are a huge protective factor when faced with adversity, for a wide variety of reasons. Friends, family and social connections are important in helping you celebrate life's successes, gaining confidence and a feel a sense of belonging as well as providing support in difficult times. Although it's easy to take friends and family for granted, these relationships need nurturing.

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