Are you happy?

by midlifecrisisqueen on June 21, 2013

Fascinating new research about who is happy and why…

Paul Solman: How does one cultivate the ability to be happy?

Christine Carter:   I think the first step is realizing that you can cultivate the ability to be happy.  For eons we thought of happiness as a personality trait, and it’s actually much more appropriate to think of it as a skill or a set of skills that we can teach ourselves and teach our children, that we can practice with them.

We know beyond a shadow of a doubt the types of things that actually are likely to make you happier over the long term.  Gratitude is highly likely to increase your happiness no matter where you begin…  A conscious gratitude practice that actually does authentically elicit what you appreciate in life is usually going to make you measurably happier. 

I use this five minute video as a gratitude practice.

Patience, Practice, Presence!

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