5. Visit—in person—with someone you care about
One of the strongest determinants of happiness is enjoying meaningful relationships with friends and family. That’s according to most research into happiness, including the United Nations’ World Happiness Report. But what is “meaningful”? To begin with, it involves being with the actual person rather than just their online persona, says Paterson. “Beyond this, we can say that a meaningful relationship with, say, your sister or a partner or a friend is one that is authentic, where you set out to understand what the person is actually thinking and experiencing.” Paterson adds that a meaningful social bond is one in which the goal is, at least in part, to benefit the other person rather than solely benefiting yourself (by being amused, by having loneliness held at bay or by gaining comfort).