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15 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Happier

Anyone can feel happier. It's easy. Science says so.
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Forget success. Forget fame. Forget fortune.

Happiness is something everyone wants, and wants to feel a lot more often--because where happiness is concerned, too much is never enough.

Unfortunately we all have a hereditary "happiness set point." That means approximately 50% of our happiness is outside of our control. But that means 50 percent of our level of happiness is totally within our control.

So even if you're genetically disposed to be somewhat gloomy, you can still do things to make yourself a lot happier. (Choosing not to do certain things will make you happier, too.)

So doesn't it make sense to create habits and build a lifestyle that allows you to feel more satisfied and more fulfilled?

Check out this infographic on the science of happiness from Happify...and start making changes that will make you feel a lot happier.


Last updated: Aug 8, 2014

JEFF HADEN | Columnist

Jeff Haden learned much of what he knows about business and technology as he worked his way up in the manufacturing industry. Everything else he picks up from ghostwriting books for some of the smartest leaders he knows in business.

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.



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