9. Tame Your Materialism
Craving more and better stuff seriously affects your happiness level. On the other hand, by spending your hard-earned money wisely, you can get a handle on your materialism and boost your well-being.
People derive more happiness from the anticipation of experiential purchases and, in fact, waiting for an experience to happen tends to be more pleasurable and exciting than getting a material good.
If your financial status allows, spending money on experiences rather than stuff can help you get the much-deserved happiness in life. For instance, going on a holiday with family or friends will give you more pleasure than buying clothes and shoes.
A 2014 study published in Psychological Science found that experiential purchases (money spent on doing) tends to provide more enduring happiness than material purchases (money spent on having).
You can also make monetary contributions to trusts and organizations that are working for the welfare of needy people or betterment of society.
To increase your happiness, keep a close eye on your spending and steer clear of snobbish behavior.
10. Practice Spirituality or Faith
Spirituality means the process of learning the inner and original self. People who are spiritual have a purpose and meaning in life, and they feel connected to a broader eternal power. These things help determine happiness.
In fact, spirituality and happiness both are very important concepts of a human life.
A recent 2016 study published in the International Journal of Indian Psychology found spirituality makes a person more open to positive emotions and feelings. So, spirituality is highly positively correlated with happiness.
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that children’s spirituality, but not their religious practices (e.g., attending church, praying and meditating), was strongly linked to their happiness. Children who were more spiritual were happier.