8 Tips for Happiness and Optimism
By Bob Murray, PhD and
Alicia Fortinberry, MS
Connecting is the key to happiness and personal fulfillment.
If your relationships are supportive and fulfilling you can be healthy
and happy, you can free yourself from depression and become optimistic.
If your relationships are anything less, then the reverse happens: you
become ill, happiness is impossible and you can sink into profound pessimism.
Your goals remain out of reach.
In their book Creating Optimism
Bob Murray and Alicia Fortinberry reveal the fundamentals of happiness
and 8 things you can do today to create happiness and optimism.
- Connection to Others “…at the very heart of your
Make a list of friends you haven't contacted in a while but would like to, and call them.
- Autonomy “…a feeling of independence and a sense
of being in control…”
Go to as many local establishments rather than chains as possible and strike up a conversation with
the proprietor or service people.
- Self-Esteem “…a function of how you perceive others
Catch yourself every time you make a self-deprecating comment.
- Competence “…relates to how effective you feel you
Ask the people in your life to tell you when they think you've done something well.
- Purpose “…fulfillment and meaning throughout your
Ask your friends and acquaintances to describe what they see as their purpose beyond making money or
caring for others.
- Connection to Your Body “...vital to our complete sense
Throw out all your magazines that feature impossibly perfect-looking men or women on the covers.
- Connection to Nature “…its permanence, its beauty
Walk in a park or other natural area for twenty minutes each day. Pat at least one dog and talk to its owner.
- Spirituality “…a powerful weapon against depression...”
Make a list of all the things you believe in that give you comfort.
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About the Authors
Dr Bob Murray is a widely published psychologist and expert on emotional health and optimal relationships. Alicia Fortinberry is a psychotherapist, health writer and executive coach. Together they are the founders of the highly successful Uplift Program, and authors of Raising an Optimistic Child (McGraw-Hill, 2006) and Creating Optimism (McGraw-Hill, 2004).
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