Dr. Roizen’s 6 Steps to Happiness

When it comes to the perils of give-me-itis, it’s easy to believe that owning the latest fashion brings enduring happiness. The truth is you can’t buy happiness because happiness really isn’t for sale. Besides, even the kindest-hearted folks can turn antisocial and self-centered when surrounded by a media environment that says “you gotta have this — now.” What can actually follow are depression and isolation.

The formula for genuine happiness is being generous of spirit and being able to count on others, plus focusing on what you have — not on what you don’t have. Here’s how to do that:

  • Volunteer. Share some of your time by volunteering at a school, library, hospital, or any organization that needs a helping hand. Research shows that you’ll live longer and younger. That should make you happier.
  • Count your blessings. Really count them. It’s important to be conscious of your blessings to appreciate them.
  • Get a workout partner. Connections and health are the strongest predictors of happiness. Get going using the buddy system! (Here’s how the buddy system helps you lose weight, too.)
  • Create healthy family dinners. This boosts your happiness two ways: First you cut out fattening foods by eliminating added sugars, syrups, saturated fat, and trans fat, and any grain that isn’t 100% whole. Heavy hips and a heavy heart make for the blues. Second, you’ll create family bonding, which increases your sense of security and identity.
  • Have an adventure. Time (and money) spent on doing something brings greater happiness than money spent on getting something.
  • Get joy from intimacy. A talk with a friend, a hug, cuddling, and shared passion are all forms of intimacy.

Follow these 11 steps to a happier you!

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Dr. Michael Roizen

Michael F. Roizen, MD, a Sharecare expert, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College, Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine. In 2007 Dr. Roizen was named the Chief Wellness Officer (the first such position in a major healthcare institution in the United States) for Cleveland Clinic, and Chair of its Wellness Institute. Dr. Roizen co-founded RealAge and chairs its Scientific Advisory Board. He is 64 calendar years of age, but his RealAge is 44.3. He and Dr Oz have authored 8 NY Times bestsellers between them, and three separately, including 4 #1 NY Times Bestsellers, including RealAge, Are You As Young As You Can Be, YOU: The Owner’s Manual, YOU: On A Diet, the Owner’s Manual for Waist Management, and YOU Staying Young, the Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty.

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