A new survey of 5,000 people has found a strong link between self-acceptance and happiness, despite the fact that it’s a habit not frequently practiced.
The finding comes from a survey carried out by the charity Action for Happiness, in collaboration with Do Something Different.
For their survey, they identified ten everyday habits which science has shown can make people happier.
Here are the 10 habits, with the average ratings of survey participants on a scale of 1-10, as to how often they performed each habit:
1. Giving: do things for others — 7.41
2. Relating: connect with people — 7.36
3. Exercising: take care of your body — 5.88
4. Appreciating: notice the world around — 6.57
5. Trying out: keep learning new things — 6.26
6. Direction: have goals to look forward to — 6.08
7. Resilience: find ways to bounce back — 6.33
8. Emotion: take a positive approach — 6.74
9. Acceptance: be comfortable with who you are — 5.56
10. Meaning: be part of something bigger — 6.38
(You’ll notice that the first letters spell out the words GREAT DREAM.)