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★Increase Long Term Happiness [5 min exercise]

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    by AMIT AMIN
    You can increase your long-term happiness by almost 10% with a simple,fun and free 5 minute exercise.

Here’s the exercise: ”Write down three things that went well each day and their causes every night for one week. In addition, provide a causal explanation for each good thing.”

That’s it. We spend tens of thousands of dollars on expensive electronics, homes, automobiles and vacations hoping for a 10% boost. There is a free alternative, and it works.

In a study of exercise’s effectiveness by Martin Seligman, participants were asked to follow those exact instructions for just one week.

After one week they were 2% happier than before, but in follow-up tests, their happiness kept on increasing, from 5% at one month, to 9% at six months. All this, even though they were only instructed to journal for one week. Participants enjoyed the exercise so much, that they just kept on doing it on their own.

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You may like this article:

Practicing Gratitude Can Increase Happiness by 25%

The 31 Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About: How Gratitude Can Change Your Life

Indeed, it’s quite simple: We can harness the brain’s plasticity by training our brain to make positive patterns more automatic. When we practice looking for and being more aware of positive aspects of life, we fight off the brain’s natural tendency to scan for and spot the negatives. Naturally we bring ourselves into better balance.

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Scan for the 3 daily positives. At the end of each day, make a list of three specific good things that happened that day and reflect on what caused them to happen. The good things could be anything — bumping into an old friend, a positive remark from someone at work, a pretty sunset. Celebrating small wins also has a proven effect of powering motivation and igniting joy. As you record your good things daily, the better you will get and feel. At the end of the day, make a list of 3 positives which occurred. whole article link

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