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Teaching Yourself Happiness: How to Train Your Brain to be Happy

by Roveen Anyango
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In this life, we are constantly wondering what it takes to be happy. Many of our actions are often shaped by a desire to be happy in the long-term. We love because we hope our partners can make us happy, we have friends to make us happy, we follow our passions in hopes that it will make us happy.

But did you know that you can train your brain for happiness? Yes, you can make your brain anticipate happiness and here’s how.

Focus on your positive traits

The first step towards training your brain for happiness is to focus on what makes you feel good about yourself. What are your strengths? What do you love most about yourself? Write down a list of positive qualities that you admire in yourself then begin to amplify these qualities. When you do that, your brain releases endorphins, which are feel-good hormones. These hormones make you feel good about yourself, hence you become happier.

Pause and reflect

For a few minutes each day, time to simply sit back, do nothing but reflect on your day, your actions, your future. Pick out at least two positive things that happened in your day, no matter how bad it was. If you can’t think of any, think of the lessons you could learn from what has happened in your day.

Become more appreciative of what you have

Count your blessings as they are now. Being appreciative of what you have now helps keep your mind in the present and living in the present can be a good way to stay happy. There are good things and people in your life right now. Write them down and appreciate that you have them.

Train your body

Yes, training your brain to be happy also comes with training your body. Think of it this way – would you be happy if you are constantly feeling tired or had pains due to muscle tension? No. Physical activity eliminates tension in your bodies muscles and thus, makes your body less susceptible to pain from inactivity. A fit body means your mind is relaxed and thus, happier.

Happiness is a state of being which we can achieve if we simply become more intentional in our actions.

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