Variety Is the Spice of Life, but Is It Also the Secret to Happiness?
Most happiness programs have you focus on building one skill—maybe it's mindfulness, positivity, or mindset. But we have more success increasing our happiness when we use a variety of activities that focus on different skills.
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The majority of happiness products focus on teaching you just one thing.
What do I mean by this? Well, you’ll see books on mindfulness, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or positive psychology. Each book is helpful, but when you learn only one type of happiness skill, you are ill-equipped for all sorts of things that might get in the way of your happiness.
Think of it this way. Let’s say you want to build a fence, but you only have a screwdriver. Can you build the fence? What if I give you a bag of screwdrivers, in all different sizes and shapes? Now can you build the fence?
What if instead, I gave you a diverse set of tools – like a hammer, screw driver, and measuring tape? Aren’t you going to have an easier time building a fence? Probably.
When it comes to happiness, the research shows that you make faster progress when you have a variety of different tools.
Why? Probably because the more tools you have, the easier it is to deal with the wide variety of different challenges that life presents.
So, to get you going on your happiness journey, here are 101 things you can do to get happier. For a more deep discussion of skills you can build, check out this article on positive thinking, this one on resilience, and this one on creating a happiness plan that includes a variety of different happiness skills. These are just a few resources that can help you build a larger variety of skills that lead to happiness. For more, check out our happiness program.
Here's a video on how to feel happier
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.