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