8 Factors That Contribute Greatly To Emotional and Mental Stability

I was browsing Pinterest and came across this image:

Duke-Study-on-Happiness

Source of Image
These 8 factors were found during a study on happiness by Duke University.


I find these factors quite useful for self reflection and felt a need to share!

Personal take on these factors:

  1. The absence of suspicion and resentment. I hold grudges for years. Time to let go! This is a big one for me and will most likely take a while for me to master it.
  2. Not living in the past. I spend too much time in the past. So much time wasted that could instead be spent in the present and planning for the future.
  3. Not wasting time and energy fighting conditions you cannot change. Yes… Go with the flow, man.
  4. Force yourself to stay involved with the living world. Yes when I am unhappy I curl into a ball in bed and don’t eat or want to speak to anyone. The last few times I felt down I watched educational and thought provoking videos on YouTube instead. Now that is nice out I will go for more walks!
  5. Refuse to indulge in self-pity. Hmm.. self-pity. I don’t really pity myself. I am aware that I am lucky to have a roof over my head, food to eat and family and friends that love me. Instead of self-pity I have had a bad habit of just insulting myself for letting negative feelings take over and for wasting so much time being stuck instead of being productive. I’m looking at the definition of self pity and I don’t think it is the same thing. I am aware that I am fortunate and I don’t pity myself. I’ve just been angry and annoyed with myself.
  6. Cultivate the old-fashioned virtues–love, humor, compassion and loyalty. Yes I will continue to improve on them as well as other virtues; assertiveness, confidence, courage, creativity, peacefulness, purposefulness, responsibility, and self-discipline. I’m overall trying to work on becoming a more virtuous individual.
  7. Do not expect too much of yourself. Yes, this one will be important when I go back to school in the Fall. I am too hard on myself if I don’t get an A.
  8. Find something bigger than yourself to believe in. I have some ideas but I will have to think about this one some more. 🙂