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Take the Happiness Challenge

Toby Vogel

Who doesn’t want to be happy? A decade of research reveals the benefits of a life full of cheer for our physical and emotional health. And throughout this month of Adar, you’re reminded to feel joyful and exuberant. But how can you actually make yourself feel happier? We can’t change the genes we inherited or the major life choices we’ve already made. However, scientific research has uncovered plenty of small things you can do on a daily basis to make yourself smile more.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Think Positive Can you think your way to happiness? According to a recent study in which 300 people recorded their daily thoughts and feelings for a week, you certainly can. Analysis of the diary entries showed that positive self-beliefs such as, “I feel I have many things to be proud of,” or “I have great faith in the future,” determine how happy we feel on a given day. Get Happy: Even if your personality is not hardwired to be optimistic, try to change the way you perceive and think about yourself. Replace “critical sound tracks” with positive self-beliefs. For example, instead of thinking, “I’m always running late with supper,” try saying, “Baruch Hashem, I somehow manage to get food put on the table every day.” It will make you will feel happier, more enthusiastic, and more active. (Journal of Happiness Studies

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