Does Money Buy Happiness?

Written by Gayla Swihart DeHart

According to researchers (footnote, E.g., Martin Seligman, Daniel Kahneman, Ed Deiner), money buys happiness only to a very limited extent. Not having money- that is, a family income of less than 30,000- is related to less happiness, but once your basic needs are being met,repparttar increase in happiness from say, $31,000 to $131,000 is really not that great! Hard to believe, isnít it? Think of allrepparttar 142501 time and energy we spend trying to attain more money- and it really doesnít make that big of a difference! The United States is a very rich country, butrepparttar 142502 overall level of happiness there is lower than in many poorer countries. So,repparttar 142503 question is, if money canít buy happiness, what can? Things that are hard to buy.

Here are some tips for improving your feelings of happiness and well-being:

1. Develop a strong social support network. Call your family members regularly. Make time to call and see your friends. Get involved in your community- coach a team, volunteer for a charity drive. Get to know your neighbors.

2. Acts of kindness Ė random or otherwise. Do these regularly. Holdrepparttar 142504 door open for someone. Add change to someoneís parking meter. Drop off a meal for a family who is dealing with an illness. There are an infinite number of things that we can do for others every day, at little cost to ourselves, but with great reward.

3. Regularly write downrepparttar 142505 things that you are grateful for. Have a special place for this- a journal perhaps- and write downrepparttar 142506 top five things, small or large, that you are grateful for. Do this at least one time per week.

4. Eat well and exercise consistently. Just like your mother told you- lots of dark green and bright orange vegetables, at least 8 glasses of water per day, stay away from processed or fried foods, and eat sweet stuff only in moderation. Exercise does not have to be rigorous, but it should be consistent. Try to do at least 20 minutes of cardio 4-5 times per week. Park farther fromrepparttar 142507 entrance, takerepparttar 142508 stairs. Every little bit helps.

5. Have tools for coping with stress. Learn relaxation techniques. Have a stress-free zone (either in your home or in nature) where it is easy for you to relax. Take a bubble bath. Call a friend. Do yoga. Develop several tools that work for you and use them regularly. In fact, donít wait until you are stressed- you will get stressed less often this way. Also, remember that caffeine is stress is a cup.

Making the Most of Your Time

Written by Mary Carroll

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you'rerepparttar pilot." - Michael Altshuler

Time is lifeís most valuable asset and everyone is allottedrepparttar 142500 same 24-hour day. How is it that some people can accomplish two or three times more in a single day than others? The answer is simple; theyíve mastered time management skills.

Have you ever noticed how much you can get done in a few hours when you really have to? Letís userepparttar 142501 day before your vacation as an example. You make a list of chores that must be done before you can leave forrepparttar 142502 airport: -Takerepparttar 142503 dog torepparttar 142504 kennel -Go torepparttar 142505 bank -Pick uprepparttar 142506 dry cleaning -Gas uprepparttar 142507 car -Cleanrepparttar 142508 litter box -Waterrepparttar 142509 plants -Take outrepparttar 142510 trash -Run and emptyrepparttar 142511 dishwasher -Mowrepparttar 142512 yard -Cancelrepparttar 142513 newspaper -Cancel milk delivery You have only 3 hours to complete all these tasks, yet when finished, you had time left over. How did this happen? You were organized and motivated. This isrepparttar 142514 essence of time management.

Learning to use your time productively can reduce much ofrepparttar 142515 stress and frustration in your life, leaving you feeling more content. Not only that; but youíll have more time to spend doingrepparttar 142516 things you enjoy most.

Think-Plan-Organize-Execute-Reevaluate. Time management simply put, is working smarter. The first step in developing an effective time management plan is to determine where you need to spend time and where you do not. Below are just a few basic principles to get started:

1.Determine what time of day you are most productive. Are you more productive inrepparttar 142517 morning or inrepparttar 142518 afternoon? Schedule your most important daily tasks during this period. Save your more mundane chores like attending meetings, answering emails and phone calls for later.

2.Use technology to your advantage. Donít return phone calls if sending emails can accomplishrepparttar 142519 same thing. Return phone calls duringrepparttar 142520 noon hour and leave voice messages. This saves you many minutes of idle chitchat.

3.Get a clear picture. Donít begin a new project until you have all ofrepparttar 142521 details and you completely understandrepparttar 142522 projects goals and requirements. Get all your questions answered before you begin as thereís no sense in doing it twice.

4.Develop good decision making skills. Understandrepparttar 142523 consequences of each decision you make; will it producerepparttar 142524 desired results?

5.Create an action plan. If you neglect to take time for planning, you are setting yourself up for failure. Spend time analyzing every project. Create a ďTo DoĒ list and outline each task required to reach your desired goal. Be sure to break down larger tasks into smaller ones. Specify due dates, and priorities. Cross off each task as itís completed, this will help you keep organized and prevent you from forgetting anything. Take a look at your plan, are there ways to simplify it further? Keep your list updated.

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