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Seven Habits to Cultivate Happiness

Happiness is understandable, obtainable, and teachable.

Happy Girl Smiling - Happiness Habits

Experiencing happiness begins with the understanding that happiness is not a gift you receive; rather, it is an emotion you create and cultivate in your life.  The Pursuit of Happiness organization has identified Seven Habits of Happy People that will cultivate greater well-being in your everyday life. In order to cultivate happiness, you can:

  1. Build close relationships in which you can share your personal feelings and reveal your authentic self,
  2. Volunteer or care for others on a consistent basis,
  3. Engage in a healthy, active lifestyle that promotes physical vitality,
  4. Find spiritual engagement and meaning through meditation, prayer, organized religion, professional calling, or spiritual exploration,
  5. Practice mindfulness and positive thinking like optimism and gratitude in your daily life,
  6. Find an activity or hobby that you can become deeply involved in on a regular basis, and
  7. Identify your unique strengths and use them for a purpose that is greater than yourself.


We will cover each of these habits and how to implement them in more detail over the coming weeks.  You can also find out more about each habit on our web site or through our webinars and classes.

About Allison Holzer, M.A.T. & C.P.C.C.

As a consultant, coach and educator, Allison Holzer is driven by a passion to share insights and knowledge to promote health, well-being and inspired engagement. She is the Director of Education Programs and Co-Founding Board Member of Pursuit of Happiness and Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of InspireCorps. In her work with these two organizations, she trains, coaches, and develops curricula on such topics as emotional intelligence skills, applied positive psychology, and affective leadership. Her interpersonal style is collaborative, supportive and service-oriented. She uses her curiosity and love of learning to translate research and evidence-based practices into concrete, user-friendly knowledge about health and well-being. She is currently writing a book called Affective Leadership (with Janet Patti, Ed.D. and Robin Stern, Ph.D.) and published an article on coaching research called Personal, Professional Coaching: Transforming Professional Development for Teacher and Administrative Leaders. She holds a B.A. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth College and a Masters degree in teaching. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (C.P.C.C.) and a Certified Administrator of the Mayer/Salovey/Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (M.S.C.E.I.T.) and other professional development assessments.