Who says you can’t buy happiness? Here is a happiness shopping list from the experts at Money magazine. So get out your pencils and write these things down:
- You’ll need a dozen roses for your wife. Why? Because married people are generally happier than singles. Married folks feel like they’re not going through life’s ups and downs on their own. So do what you can to keep your marriage happy, including buying your sweetie the occasional bouquet of roses. Unexpected, out-of-the-blue gifts bring more happiness than gifts we expect to get, like on our birthday.
- Guitar lessons. The lives of happy people tend to have a lot of “flow” – that’s a term that describes the utterly absorbing state that comes from mastering a skill that takes concentration. It can be playing guitar, or 18 holes of golf.
- Get a furry friend. Despite the sofas they destroy, pets have been shown to make you happier. Why? Because caring for them helps ease stress and lower blood pressure.
- A blank journal. Writing down what you’re grateful for makes you happier and more optimistic. So buy a journal and take a few minutes at least once a week to reflect on your good life and record it.
- Also, pick up a snow globe on your next trip. It’s not the snow globe that’ll make you happy – it’s that it represents the good memories from your vacation. Memories of great experiences are powerful mood boosters.
- A party platter from the deli – because you’re having a party! People with lots of close friends are more likely to be happy than those with smaller social networks. Don’t discount the chit-chat you had with the guy behind the cash register. Even casual conversations with familiar people have a bigger impact on your happiness than you might realize.