Excerpt from “59 Seconds” by Richard Wiseman ~~Act Happy~~

picture-59Seconds-WisemanAct Happy. Research by Peter Borkenau from Bielefield University and others has revealed that happy people move in a very different way to unhappy people. You can use this information to increase your sense of happiness by acting like a happy person. Try walking in a more relaxed way, swinging your arms slightly more, putting more of a spring in your step. Also, try making more expressive hand gestures during conversations, nod your head more when others are speaking, wear more colourful clothing, use a greater frequency of positively charged emotional words (especially ‘love’, ‘like’ and ‘fond’), show a lower frequency of self-references (‘me’, ‘myself’, and ‘I’), have a larger variation in the pitch of your voice, speak slightly faster and have a significantly firmer handshake. Incorporating these behaviours into your everyday actions will help enhance your happiness.

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One response to “Excerpt from “59 Seconds” by Richard Wiseman ~~Act Happy~~

  1. Richard Wiseman is Professor of Psychology.
    ‘59 Seconds’ was published in 2009.

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