Happiness. You know it when you see it and feel it, but we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it. Follow these top tips to heighten your happiness levels.
New research has revealed what it is that makes Aussies happy.
The report, commissioned by San Churro, has shown that catching up with good friends (85%), going on a date night with a partner (81%), spending quality time with family (80%), sharing a meal with friends (76%), and reconnecting with an old friend (74%) were the top things that make Australians happy.
A further 90% of Aussies concluded that there is no real substitute for meeting a family member or friend in person. It seems our obsession with social media leaves most of us searching for closer connections with people.
While the nation is active on social media, with the average person having hundreds of facebook friends, a staggering 39% of the country is feeling more disconnected than ever - with young Australians (aged 18 - 24) feeling the isolation most heavilly.
So, how can you increase your happiness? Here are some top tips from clinical psychologist, Dr Paula Watkins, from the Happiness Institute: