Get happy

Saturday, March 20 is International Happiness Day. Time to lighten up, in whatever way you can.

The pursuit of happiness is one of three things Thomas Jefferson, writing in the Declaration of Independence, said we are entitled to, along with life and liberty. But happiness is a most elusive state. Is it an attitude? (Another American president, Abraham Lincoln, said “Most folks are as happy as they want to be.”) Or is it circumstantial? (They say money can’t buy happiness, but let’s face it, it can sure make misery comfortable.)

Saturday, March 20, is International Happiness Day. With that in mind, we thought you’d enjoy three tips from clinical psychologist Joan Neehall-Davidson’s new book “Happy is the New Healthy” (Forefront Books/Simon&Schuster, 270 pages) $27), out Monday, March 22:

  1. Savor the small. Take the time, however brief it may be, for a cup of coffee, a bowl of soup, a walk or a favorite piece of music on YouTube.
  2. Focus on the now. Think about, or list, what went well today, what made you happy – a guarantee for a smile.
  3. Phone a friend. Or Zoom or visit at a social distance. People who maintain social connections tend to be better adjusted.

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