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1. Remember that your brain was built for an earlier era.

1. Remember that your brain was built for an earlier era.

Make an effort to remember that you live today; not ancient times.

In earlier ages, people had to make more split, life or death decisions about whether to engage with or avoid the unknown. Thus, their brains evolved to pay a lot more natural attention to negative and dangerous stimuli.

Individuals have a degree of control over their thoughts. Make a conscious effort to spend time contemplating the positive.


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2. Train yourself to focus on gratitude

2. Train yourself to focus on gratitude

Make a constant and concerted effort to experience gratitude, instead of allowing less happy moments to dominate your perception.

Creating positive feelings of appreciation, helps to smooth out the peaks and troughs that naturally occur between happy experiences. Reducing how often you find yourself feeling that you're no longer happy, in turn reduces the stress that results from feeling that you should be.


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3. Think about what happiness actually means

3. Think about what happiness actually means

Two key components of happiness (or subjective well-being) are:

The balance of emotions: Everyone experiences both positive and negative emotions, feelings, and moods. Happiness is generally linked to experiencing more positive feelings than negative.

Life satisfaction: This relates to how satisfied you feel with different areas of your life including your relationships, work, achievements, and other things that you consider important.

Understanding this simple quirk in how our brains work can make it a bit more likely that we'll actually achieve happiness in our lifetimes. (Kendra Cherry)


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