Optimize Your Well-being

Tai Ben-Shahar, positive psychology expert and author of Choose the Life You Want: 101 Ways to Create Your Own Road to Happiness, shows how choosing correctly in the countless small choices we make every day almost without noticing has a direct, long-lasting effect on our happiness.

Seize the moment: Take three minutes to listen to your favorite song, spend an hour with your best friend, or go to the movies.

Perceive difficulty as a challenge: If you assess a situation as threatening, you are likely to experience stress. If you assess the situation as challenging, your emotional reaction is more likely to be one of excitement.

Be afraid and go ahead anyway: Remember that your greatest heroes were sometimes afraid—but they did not allow this feeling to get in their way.

Be hopeful and optimistic: If optimism and hope are grounded, they can provide an important foundation for making your dreams come true.

Move: A moderate amount of physical exercise on a regular basis has the same effect in combating depression and anxiety as the most powerful psychiatric medication.

Appreciate your family and friends: Throughout the year, don’t forget to spend time with people you care about, people who also care about you.

Take your dreams seriously: Pursuing your dreams is what life is really all about.