It is almost the end of the first month of 2012 and it may be just about the right time to start thinking about how you want the rest of this year to go. I, for one, want to be happier this year. I mean don’t get me wrong life is good…but more happiness would make life that much better. It seems every one is searching for happiness.

Studies conducted by positivity psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD from Stanford University, point to 12 things happy people do differently to increase their levels of happiness. These are things that we can start doing today to feel the effects of more happiness in our lives.

  • Express gratitude.
  • Cultivate optimism.
  • Avoid over-thinking and social comparison.
  • Practice acts of kindness.
  • Nurture social relationships.
  • Develop strategies for coping.
  • Learn to forgive.
  • Increase flow experiences.
  • Savor life’s joys.
  • Commit to your goals.
  • Practice spirituality.
  • Take care of your body.

For further exploration of these twelve things you can read a full article here.