10 Tips to Boost Performance & Live a Richer & Happier Life

Of all human attributes, perhaps the one we seek the most is happiness

Posted Jul 07, 2016

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Of all human attributes, perhaps the one we seek the most is happiness. We may not always be aware of our goal. For example, uppermost in our minds may be the quest for money, power or prestige. But if someone were to ask us why we seek these other attributes, we would probably respond that we seek them in order to be happy. Aristotle pointed out that happiness is the supreme goal because people may seek other goals in order to be happy, but they seek happiness only for its own sake.

A certain proportion of our happiness seems to be predetermined by our genes, but luckily there is a great deal that we ourselves can do to boost our happiness levels. Here are ten research based suggestions as to what you can to do boost your level of happiness. Perhaps you might like to print out the list and check it from time to time to see whether you are taking advantage of these simple steps that can improve your enjoyment of life?

10 Tips to Boost Performance and Live a Richer & Happier Life

1. Get enough sleep. Although there are exceptions, most people need 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night to stay healthy and function at their best. This routine is best accomplished by going to bed on time because bedtime is usually more flexible than wake-up time.

2. Pay attention to light and dark. Bright light at night – and this includes computers, tablets, and cell phones – can keep you awake or make your sleep less restful. Bright light in the morning – sunlight or bright indoor lighting – can get your day off to an energized start and help you sleep better at night.

3. Exercise regularly (4 or 5 times a week is ideal) in a way that is consistent with your age and health. Ideally, exercise should involve a variety of activities, including aerobic (getting your heart rate up), working out with weights (to strengthen muscles), and stretching.

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4. Meditate. Different kinds of meditation develop different internal skills. For example, Transcendental Meditation (TM) awakens consciousness both during meditation and in between TM sessions. This growth of consciousness and the benefits that flow from it is the topic of my new book Super Mind. In the book, I also discuss mindfulness meditation, which helps people experience life on a moment-by-moment basis, remain in the here-and-now, and develop insight.

5. Watch what you eat and drink. While dietary needs vary from person to person, we could all benefit from eating fresh produce and minimally processed food, and drinking water free of toxic impurities. Limit your intake of sugar, white starches, animal fats, and salt.

6. Keep in touch with friends and family. They enrich our lives, provide us with support, and offer us the opportunity to do the same for them.

7. Show kindness whenever possible, and be grateful for what you have. Doing good makes people feel good, as does gratitude.

8. Avoid bad habits. These include addictions, time wasters and associating with people who detract from your life or put you at risk.

9. Choose work that you love – or at least enjoy. Many of those who live long and happy lives credit meaningful work with helping them stay young.

10. Pursue your dreams. Hold onto them even if it takes a while for them to materialize. When people near the end of their lives are asked about their deepest regrets, many say that they most regret not having pursued their most cherished goals, activities, and desires.

Excerpted with permission from SUPER MIND by Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, from TarcherPerigee, a division of Penguin Random House. Copyright 2016, Dr. Norman Rosenthal.

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