Friday Five: 5 Keys to Being Happier Now!

It’s Friday, so I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for Friday Five 2.0. This week’s topic is “Running Friends/Family.” Picking five favorite races was tough, narrowing down to five running friends (or even groups of running friends) would be impossible. Since it’s “Happiness Happens Month,” and because runner friends make me happy, I’m going with “5 Keys Skills to Practice for a Happier Now” based on a post from the HealthTap blog from 2015.

Source - Health Tap

Source – Health Tap

HealthTap’s post shares the science behind Happify’s Basic Skills to Increase Happiness:

1. Savor the Moment.

2. Thank Those Who Matter

3. Aspire to Meaningful Goals

4. Give of Yourself

5. Empathize with Others

The full post has links to articles on each of these tactics with links to the science. It also includes links to doctors’ and psychologists’ answers to happiness questions like “Are there any simple methods to achieve happiness?”

I love to think of these as skills. It’s a great reminder that these can be learned, practiced and honed. It’s also a reminder that happiness is a choice and that we can focus on some/all of these skills to grow our happiness.

In our fast paced lives, it’s easy to rush through and forget to savor the moment. One of my goals is to be more present and to take note of times that are special with gratitude. I also try to thank to people with sincerity – I can always get better at this. Heck, I can work on all of these skills!

Which of these “skills” are you best at and which can you improve in?

1BP1_tgyCheck out HealthTap’s blog or sign up for their newsletter. I saved a bunch of their posts to share. HealthTap’s mission is “to measurably prolong the life expectancy of humankind and help everyone Feel Good by providing immediate access to top medical experts and their trusted health advice anytime, anywhere.” HealthTap has free medical information and the ability to subscribe to work with their doctors. You can also follow them on Twitter. Please note: this post was not in any way sponsored by HealthTap – I think that it is a cool service and blog so I wanted to share it!

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to savor the moment!

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  1. Amy Scott says:

    I like the tips (roftl at the last one). To me helping people and serving is a big way to stay happy- when others are happy, it seems to radiate over to me. Hope you have a great weekend, Erica!

  2. Thanking those who matter to you is so important and a great reminder

  3. ellen beck says:

    I think my toughest is aspiring to goals. I often underestimate myself, and dont give my all. The othersI feel I am fairly good at. I unplug a whole lot. You see me posting but I pu in a bi to make comments and then late evening to com back again.
    I love to give… currently being a gardener we share with friends, neighbors and usually the food bank.

  4. Becca says:

    I’m also working on being more present. It’s so important!

  5. I’ve really been trying to Savor the moment this summer! Especially these last few weeks! Thanks for linking up!

  6. Farrah says:

    Great tips! I need to work on savoring the moment and thanking the people that matter!

  7. Lisa Brown says:

    I think I am good at empathizing with others, but I need to aspire to meaningful goals.

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