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Lykke: 3 cheap activities that can make you happy

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"Money does not make happiness" ... But how to be happy without? In his Lykke Book, Danish author Meik Wiking explores recipes of happiness around the world. A lot of ideas to think about what makes us really happy ... And to inspire us, like these 3 free activities, as simple as effective to give us a smile. Excerpt exclusively.

1. Read

Reading - especially if you draw in a public library or mini library that you have installed in your building - is free. For me, an afternoon is perfect with a book on a blanket in the shade of a tree in the middle of summer - and if you're reading this, you're probably of the same opinion. Bibliotherapy, the art of using books to help people solve their problems, has been around for decades, and belief in the healing power of books goes back as far as ancient Egypt or ancient Greece. At the time, messages above the libraries made readers aware that they were entering a place that cared for the soul. More recently, psychologists from the New School of Social Research have discovered that books improve our ability to take into account and interpret the emotions of others and, according to an article in Journal of Applied Social Psychology, studies also show that literary fiction increases our ability to reflect on our problems, thanks to the characters who face the same worries and obstacles. In a word, reading is free psychotherapy.

2. Create Smile File

"Ruby Receptionist" was voted the Best Small Business to Work in the United States by Fortune Magazine. When a new employee arrives, he receives a "smiles file" where he is asked to record each friendly comment he receives from his colleagues, clients and superiors. Why? Because people remember criticism better than praise. It's an almost free initiative that we can apply to our personal lives, in order to be more aware of what we have , and to no longer focus on what we do not have . Once a week, write between three and five things for which you are grateful. It can be anything from "My family and friends are healthy" to "Coffee and the Rolling Stones", but also try to think about how these things positively influence your life. Studies show that the translation of our thoughts into tangible written language has advantages over mere reflection.In recent years, "gratitude journals" have become increasingly popular, but it's important not to see these exercises as an umpteenth thing to do on your daily list. Studies also show that it is best to do this only occasionally - say, once a week, rather than every day, to prevent this activity from becoming a routine.

3. Riding a community of free laughs

Many of us organize social events around outings in restaurants or bars. But when the budget becomes tight, the risk of isolation increases. To counteract this, why not create a community of free jokes, in which each friend organizes his turn a cheap activity, and around which you all gather to have a good time together?

With my own community, we attended horse races (plan a good picnic), visited museums, played board games, went swimming and went hiking (on old hunting grounds of the king, north of Copenhagen, where you can see hundreds of deer). Maybe these few ideas will not suit you. You may hate deer or trees, and you may have to find your own way, but the principle of this initiative is to take away all power and value from money when it comes to happiness .

==> Test yourself!

Are you happy? To wait too much for the "great happiness", perhaps we pass by the small pleasures brought by life, some of which yet know how to enjoy ... Where do you stand? Answer the questions of this test sincerely and (re) discover all that your life has to be happy ...

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