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Fact

happy

March 20th is International Day of Happiness.

Credit:
United Nations. (2012, July 12). General assembly: Sixty-sixth session, Agenda item 14. Retrieved from http://www.un.org/en/events/happinessday/background.shtml.
smile

According to Harker and Keltner (2001) women with genuine (Duchenne) smiles were more likely to marry, stay married, and described their lives as happy thirty years later.

Credit:
United Nations. (2012, July 12). General assembly: Sixty-sixth session, Agenda item 14. Retrieved from http://www.un.org/en/events/happinessday/background.shtml.
compassion

According to Richard Davidson students who contemplated compassion significantly raise the energy level in the left frontal lobe which is the happiness center.

Credit:
Davidson, R.J., Kabat-Zinn, J., et. al. (2003). Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation. Psychosomatic Medicine, 65, 564-570.
25

Optimism in women reduced the risk of breast cancer by 25%.

Credit:
Peled, R. (2008) Breast Cancer, Psychological Distress and Life Events among Young Women. BMC Cancer (8:245)
goals

Research has shown that announcing your goals to others decreases your motivation, making them less likely to happen.

Credit:
Does Announcing Your Goals Help you Succeed? (2009, May 12). Retrieved March 11, 2016, from http;//www.newsweek.com/does-announcing-your-goals-help-you-succeed-79645