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: It’s tough to resist seeing how you measure up against others, but give it a try: At yoga, focus on your poses, not the other yogis’. At a party, pay attention to the talk, not the size of the host’s kitchen. If you must compare, gauge how you’re doing now against who you were last year. “Do a better deed today than you did yesterday,” says Dan Baker, Ph.D., author of What Happy People Know.
PLEASURE PAYOFF: Unlike happy people, unhappy sorts let comparisons negatively affect their confidence and their mood, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology reports. After all, you’ll always find someone thinner or richer. Even if you come out on top, “you’ll either feel smug or less than. Neither is healthy,” Baker says. Instead, “nurture your own growth, which will make you happier still.”