4 Daily Rituals for a Happier Life
GREAT advice from Neuroscience:
- Ask “What am I grateful for?” No answers? Doesn’t matter.
- Just searching helps.Label those negative emotions. Give it a name and your brain isn’t so bothered by it.
- Decide. Go for “good enough” instead of “best decision ever made on Earth.”
- Hugs, hugs, hugs. Don’t text — touch.
The full article is really good because it goes into the science a bit as well as talks about specific examples.
Sometimes little things can make a huge impact. But with today's constantly 'plugged in', constant distraction, environment, we forget to take the time to stick to the simplest habits.
The action item at the end of the article is great too:
"So what’s the dead simple way to start that upward spiral of happiness?
Just send someone a thank you email. If you feel awkward about it, you can send them this post to tell them why.
This really can start an upward spiral of happiness in your life. UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb explains:
Everything is interconnected. Gratitude improves sleep. Sleep reduces pain. Reduced pain improves your mood. Improved mood reduces anxiety, which improves focus and planning. Focus and planning help with decision making. Decision making further reduces anxiety and improves enjoyment. Enjoyment gives you more to be grateful for, which keeps that loop of the upward spiral going. Enjoyment also makes it more likely you’ll exercise and be social, which, in turn, will make you happier..."
So draft a message to say "Thank You" right now! You'll make yourself and the other person's day that much better, and you may just start an upward spiral to more happiness.