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Do you want to feel happier but don’t know where to start? The good news is that you can begin small. Editor and author Tara Parker-Pope offers simple suggestions backed by science. Many of her tips are quick to do, and quite a few cost nothing. She offers activities for working with negative thoughts and for improving your sense of well-being at home and at work. As a bonus, many of them will make other people happy, too. getAbstract recommends this article to anyone who would like to be more joyful.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Which aspects of your life actually affect your happiness, 
  • What you can do in one minute to improve your happiness, and
  • Why work and money are not the problem.

About the Author

Tara Parker-Pope is the founding editor of Well. She is the author of For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage.



Scientists have spent extensive time studying what makes people happy. They have identified concrete steps you can take to encourage happiness in your life:

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