Do This One Thing, and You'll Be Happier . . . Supposedly

February 24, 2015

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Photo: oprah.com

Photo: oprah.com

 

According to a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, there’s a simple trick you can do every day to make yourself a happier person, and it only takes ten minutes a day.  Here’s what you have to do . . .

 

 

Each night, write down three things that went well that day.  You can use a pen and paper, or your computer.  It doesn’t matter.

And they don’t have to be BIG things.  A compliment you got on your outfit counts.  Or if you got to work a few minutes early, that counts too.

Then next to each of those things, answer the question, “WHY did this happen?”

You don’t need to write a paragraph, just one sentence that sums it up.  Like if you got to work early, maybe you’d write, “Because I didn’t hit the snooze button.”

 THAT’S IT.  Studies have found that if you do it every day, it forces you to focus on the positive things in your life . . . and you’re almost guaranteed to be a happier person six months down the road.

The guy who came up with it says it’s tough for some people to think of three good things a day at first.  But after about a week, it gets easier and easier.

 

 

(Time)