What makes you happy, despite the COVID-19 pandemic? UAE residents share secrets to a joyful life

SourceGulf News

Dubai: Have you noticed that you can actually tell if someone is smiling behind those masks that we all wear in public? It turns out happiness is just a smile away — you cannot mask it. Studies show some of the keys to happiness: sleep/rest, daily meditation, gratitude/gratefulness, healthy relationships and helping others. It's that simple. And that's according to a Harvard study, now running for nearly 80 years.

The study kicked off in 1938, during the Great Depression, a really bad time. During times of crisis, the study says, it is important to have an "attitude of gratitude". Yet, this is where it gets a little complicated. Positive psychology research shows that gratitude is strongly and consistently correlated with greater happiness. Gratitude — the quality of being thankful, or a readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness — is an inexpensive way to feel genuinely happy. Why is gratitude the best attitude? Because it helps us feel...read more...