A fresh and novel reason for listening to classical music. Hey, whatever works.
Challenge and novelty are key elements to happiness, writes Gretchen Rubin, whose book, "The Happiness Project"; hit the New York Times best seller list this spring. "The brain is stimulated by surprise, and successfully dealing with an unexpected situation gives a powerful sense of satisfaction. If you do new things - visit a museum for the first time, learn a new game, travel to a new place, meet new people - you're more apt to feel happy than people who stick to more familiar activities," she writes.