Sixty percent of happiness depends on your DNA and life circumstances, but what you think and do affect the other 40 percent—sweet news for your state of mind.
So take two weeks and these joy-inducing tips. You’ll be amazed at what one small tweak a day can do. The proof is in the positivity!
BLISS BOOSTER: When you have something unpleasant to do, like a long commute or an appointment at the dentist, give yourself a positive finish to look forward to. When you reach the end of a long car ride, crank up your radio and groove out to your fave song. After the cavity filling, treat yourself to time out, by yourself, kid-free.
PLEASURE PAYOFF: Life as we live it and life as we remember it are two different things. When people look back on their day, it’s the very best and the very worst moments that tend to have the greatest effect on how they remember it, a study in Emotion reports. What’s more, people tend to recall feeling angrier, sadder and more tense during the worst moments than they actually reported experiencing during the event itself. If you engineer a positive outcome, you’ll help offset a negative one. Not only will you recall a tough week at work, but you’ll also recall that luxe mani-pedi on Friday evening.