The mathematical formula for a healthy and happy life has been determined by researchers.
The so-called 'Feel-Good Formula' combines the key factors for emotional and physical wellbeing to give us daily happiness guidelines to get into our everyday routines.
Working with Transform Cosmetic Surgery on their ‘Feel Good Campaign’, researchers led by Dr Todd Kashdan factored feeling happy into their health calculations, insisting it's just as important as exercising regularly and eating right for our overall good health.
But defining happiness isn’t a simple task and the formula instantly reminds us that personally, maths is definitely not what makes us happy. But bear with us...because here is the answer:
(Mx16 + Cx1 + Lx2) + (Tx5 + Nx2 + Bx33) .
Well, there you have it.
But what does it all mean?
Dr Todd Kashdan, who led the study, explains: “There is no single secret to feeling good, but when these six ingredients are carefully attended to, in the right doses, you will be on target for a happy life”.
The six factors in this ‘Feel Good Formula’ are:
Live in the moment (M) – Try to appreciate the sounds, smells and sights around you that you might take for granted in your daily life. It is important to remind yourself every hour that you are awake (average= 16 hours).
Be curious (C): Once a day, be spontaneous enough to explore the unknown and uncertain aspects of your life.
Do something you love (L): An essential part of a happy life is to take part in an activity twice a day that truly gives you pleasure or excites you.
Think of others first (T): While it is important to care for yourself, there is great value in spreading love to others - which can ultimately make you feel good too. Share your appreciation with people around you five times a day, by offering compliments, listening intently and doing good deeds.
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Nurture relationships (N): Research has found that the happiest people in the world have a close relationship with a significant other. Twice a day, make an effort to devote some quality time to a family member, relative, friend or partner.
Take care of your body (B): This doesn’t have to mean extreme dieting or intense exercising. Embracing your body is about nourishing yourself with healthy food three times a day and incorporating 30 minutes of exercise once a day.
When you put it like that, it all sounds quite simple...