How to make happiness last

How to make happiness last

Written by Jan Bruce, CEO and co-founder of meQuilibrium.

More than 40 years of research from top psychologists shows that what you think affects how you feel. And on the whole, negative thoughts lead to negative emotions and positive thoughts lead to positive ones.

The good news: You can train your mind to think about what's going right (as opposed to what's going wrong) and in so doing, create a lasting habit that will boost your positive emotions. To increase the frequency of positive emotions, you need to train your brain to focus on them, rather than succumb to habitual negativity hunting. And like any muscle, you've got to use it — or lose it.

1. Tune Your Happiness Radar

Ask yourself, "What's good about my life right now?" It can be a big thing, like say a promotion, or a small thing, like enjoying a good laugh. This is what helps you change the channel on your mental radar and tune in to the good stuff.

2. Write It Down

Rather than let these moments slip away, extend their positive effects by committing them to paper (or to Evernote, for that matter). Call it a gratitude list, call it whatever you like. The important thing is that you make a habit of writing down three to five things every day that are going well. And every day, they have to be different. This leads you to actively seek out new ones.

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