4 Simple Life Changers for 2012

  • Volunteer for one new organization this month. Volunteers have lower health care costs and report higher levels of well-being. Also: new studies find that altruism is as addictive as sugar or cocaine. So, try it once and you’ll be hooked.
  • Make one new happy friend this month. Each new happy friend you add to your network increases your happiness by 15%.

  • Get down to one TV screen in your home. Americans watch about 5 hours per day but studies show the happiest people are only watching about an hour. Reduce TV watching to only one room of the house to make your hour of watching worthwhile.
  • Put a scale in your bathroom. People who weigh themselves each day weigh about 17 lbs. less over the course of two years than people who never weigh themselves.

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January 15, 2012