aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

How to be happy

Want to increase your happiness and reduce symptoms of depression? I just read about this researcher who has two approaches to make you happier:

- Every night, think of three good things that happened that day and analyze why they occurred. I've been trying this one for the last three nights. I have a LOT going on in my life right now, and by rights I shouldn't be sleeping. But I've slept really well. And I'm humming a lot, which is usually a good sign. [Full disclosure - I'll admit yesterday it was the theme song to Jeopardy, but this morning it was "Ooh, Child," you know, the one about how things are going to get easier and brighter.]

- Another is to choose your five most prominent strengths. Then, every day for a week, apply one or more of their strengths in a new way. Strengths include things like the ability to find humor or summon enthusiasm, appreciation of beauty, curiosity and love of learning. The idea of the exercise is that using one's major "signature" strengths may be a good way to get engaged in satisfying activities.

Sound too simple? Study participants say these techniques work. Learn more here.

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