3.4 Thinking Like a Social Psychologist About Social Affect
- Avoid as many negative emotions as you can. Think positively—do something positive for yourself every day.
- Believe that you can make a difference, but don’t exaggerate your ability to do so.
- Be aware of your stress level and work to reduce it through relaxation or other techniques if you can.
- Set realistic goals that you believe you can attain, and carefully regulate your emotions and behaviors as you try to reach them.
- Practice healthy behaviors, including aerobic exercise. People who exercise regularly may live 1 to 2 years longer than those who don’t (Paffenbarger, Hyde, Wing, & Hsieh, 1986).
- Avoid unhealthy activities such as smoking, drinking excessively, and unsafe sex.
- Develop close relationships with others, and if you can, share your problems with them.
- Realize—really!—that money cannot buy happiness.
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