In his book, Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth, noted happiness expert Ed Diener lays out a checklist of what the research says we need for a good life and why those things are important:
The first ten items are likely to increase your health and longevity. The next ten items are not only likely to help your health and longevity, but they also will make those extra years a lot more fun! Indeed, whereas a few of the first ten healthy lifestyle items sound like hard work the last ten healthy lifestyle items make life more enjoyable.
And other research has shown us that checklists work.
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