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Guide to Happiness

This is a really good article. I especially like the tips at the end/ I’ve summarized a few but it is really worth reading the whole thing!

Here is the link: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/10/get-rid-of-everything/543384/

And a special thanks to a wonderful person that sent it to me. Please keep sharing articles like this.

  • In terms of choosing a place to live, people who live near water—whether it’s a lake or river or an ocean—are about 10 percent more likely to be happy than people who don’t.
  • And people who live in medium-sized cities are more likely to be happy than the anonymity of a big city or perhaps the too in-your-face, limited-possibility environment of a tiny town.
  • You’re more likely to be happy if your house has a sidewalk, and if you live in a bikeable place.
  • Financial security is also, obviously, huge. It really does deliver more happiness over time than most anything that money can be spent on—after your needs are taken care of and you maybe treat yourself occasionally.
  • If you have money left over, you’re much better paying down your mortgage or buying insurance or signing up for an automatic savings plan than you are buying a new gadget or new pair of shoes.

I’ll definitely be taking some of these tips to heart. Many of the tips are focused on filling your soul rather than filling your life with material things. I hope we all remember that! Maybe less big ticket presents this year for Christmas and instead replace with memories and love. Save a little extra this year instead and invest in your soul, nature, a special vacation, and long term security.

Enjoy the full article!

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