A promise of immediate happiness

Psychology
I came across this article by The Washington Post titled “Do these exercises for two minutes a day and you’ll immediately feel happier, researchers say”. Whereas I always have an internal laugh going on when I read such titles, I acknowledge some of them are actual studies and researches and there’s been lots of hard work to make sure these findings see the light of day.
*insert confetti here*
In the article, happiness researcher Shawn Achor shares 5 non-time-consuming habits everyone can do to increase their happiness levels- Shawn’s worked with Google, large financial companies, MS Society; has done studies in places like Harvard, UPS, KPMG; and has struggled with depression himself, something that makes the research more valid to me, somehow. He mentioned he used these positive habits to pull himself out, which is pretty amazing, isn’t it?!
My favorite is nr. 1, Three Acts of Gratitude. You scan the world around you for 21 days (hopefully more) to find three new things you’re grateful for every day. It doesn’t work if you choose similarly or same three things every day because you’re not scanning for anything new and it works if you don’t because you’re ~actively~ training your brain to look for positives.
I consider myself a pretty optimist person giĆ , but I’m always willing to try new habits with scientifically proven benefits to my everyday life. Exercise worked. Meditation worked. So here goes…
I’m grateful:
that I had to buy something but didn’t have any money on me so I had to go upstairs to get some, downstairs then upstairs again and I thought I’d just do it later, but I did go and I found a dollar on the ground there!
that while the power went off for an hour or two this Sunday morning, my mother and I talked and talked over coffee I’d made, that she tried for the first time and loved
that calling me was the first thing my boyfriend did once he woke up

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