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I was curious about what what led to all this and came upon studies done by Michael Fordyce in 1977 and 1983.
He developed a system of 14 points that showed solid gains in happiness among his students:
The collected findings from all studies indicate that the program has a noticeable and perhaps long-lasting effect on happiness for the great majority of individuals exposed to it and that this effect is due to the content of the information, not merely the artifact of sensitization or expectations about happiness to which it was compared.
Source: “A Program to Increase Happiness: Further Studies.” from Journal of Counseling Psychology, 30(4), 483-498
So what was the system? Here are the 14 points, along with links to relevant info:
Briefly described, the 14 fundamentals are as follows:
(e) stop worrying;
(k) be yourself;
Yes, some may seem obvious or easier said than done, but we probably aren’t working as hard at many of these at we could.
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