Laugh Doctor's Happiness Survey Uncovers Tips for Self Improvement

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A new happiness survey conducted by the Laugh Doctor reveals strategies for self improvement.

Taking control of your cell phone reduces stress and the combination of the two nets greater happiness.

A national happiness survey conducted by psychiatrist and self improvement guru Dr. Cliff Kuhn, reveals that 56 percent of Americans are happier today than 10 years ago. The survey, conducted in February 2006, uncovered key behaviors which help individuals become happier without the need for high stress lifestyle changes.

According to survey results, brief contact with others during daily routines contributed to feeling happier. However, the need for periodic disconnects throughout the day were equally important to most respondents. In a paradoxical trend; 73 percent of consumers polled stated that they engage in conversations with strangers when running through daily activities while 65 percent admit to not answering their cell phone every time it rings.

“Reaching out and sharing a laugh, a thought, an observance with a stranger keeps people feeling connected,” Dr. Kuhn said. “Taking control of your cell phone reduces stress and the combination of the two nets greater happiness.”

The survey also revealed that health ranked most important as a factor to one’s happiness. Kuhn said current research proves that bringing more fun into one's life aids health by reducing stress and anxiety, boosting morale, enhancing communication, inspiring creativity and maintaining hope.

The Laugh Doctor suggests incorporating the following habits into one's daily routine to ensure better health and increased happiness:

1.Go the Extra Smile – Increasing “smileage” requires increased smile awareness and a measure of self-discipline. The payoff is that even a “forced” smile changes one's physiology for the better in ways that can be measured – decreased stress, heightened immunity and increased tolerance for pain and frustration. In addition, a smile acts as a “fun magnet,” drawing positive reactions and energy from others.

2.Laugh With Yourself – Laughing with ourselves enables people to quickly recover and learn from their mistakes. It is not a demeaning practice. It actually enhances self-esteem and helps let go of useless self-recriminations. The net result is increased positive energy for healing and growth.

“Helping people be happier is my life’s work, I’ve been studying the phenomenon of happiness for over 35 years both in my private practice as well as working with groups and corporations nationally. Everyone has the power to be in the 56 percent of Americans that feel happier today versus 10 years ago. I welcome the opportunity to help you achieve a level of joy and happiness you may not have thought possible. It all starts with a smile.”

To schedule an interview and receive the Laugh Doctor's happiness survey summary with tips for self improvement please contact:

Deborah Lanore

Ultimate Noise Consulting



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