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As well as a well-known song by Bobby McFerrin, this is also a good philosophy to aim for in life. Today is apparently Blue Monday, the most miserable day of the year, so let’s talk about happiness.

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” Audrey Hepburn

Dan Gilbert asks Why are we happy?

Some happiness facts:

June 21 will be the happiest day.

The Happiest age is 33.

People are happiest first thing in the morning.

Yellow is the happiest colour.

Babies born in September go on to be the happiest.

Size-14 women are the happiest.

Happiest people live longer.

People with pets are happier.

Laughter boosts your immune system by 40 per cent.

The world laughter day is celebrated on the first Sunday of May.

Ireland is the tenth happiest country of the 156 surveyed in the world.

“We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends, and living our lives.” Maya Angelou

Creating opportunities to laugh

• Watch a funny movie or TV show.

• Go to a comedy club.

• Read the funny pages.

• Seek out funny people.

• Share a good joke or a funny story.

• Check out your bookstore’s humor section.

• Host game night with friends.

• Play with a pet.

• Go to a “laughter yoga” class.

• Goof around with children.

• Do something silly.

• Make time for fun activities (e.g. bowling, miniature golfing, karaoke).

Source: http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm

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