How to Feel Happier in Seven Days or Less

By Mary Jaksch

Do you want to feel happier?

Sometimes life can feel like an uphill battle. You struggle and struggle – and it just doesn’t seem to get any easier.

Sounds familiar?

Many people wonder how to feel happier. Even a little more happiness can make all the difference.

You re-discover joy and let go of worry: it’s like shedding a burden.

Why happiness is important

Well, it feels good –  for one thing.

Happiness makes us feel that life is a wonderful adventure.

And – most importantly – happiness is infectious: the world smiles back at us.

Conversely, when we are unhappy – we spread gloom.

How to boost happiness

The psychologist  Nathaniel Branden, who is considered to be the father of the self-esteem movement, came up with a simple way to boost happiness: the process of question-completion.

Here is how it works:

You use an incomplete sentence, and then quickly jot down six ways to complete it. Branden originally used this method to boost self-esteem, but it works to boost happiness as well.

Complete this sentence:

To bring 5% more happiness to my life …

How to do the sentence-completion exercise:

  • Write what comes into your mind; don’t edit your thoughts.
  • Don’t worry if you contradict yourself.
  • Write down at least six completions each time you use the technique.
  • Try completing this sentence each morning for seven days.

What’s next?

What’s next is up to you.

Try it. You may find that it helps you find new pathways to happiness. Are you willing to give it a try?

Let us know in the comments what you think about this strategy.

Image courtesy of LugoLounge

About the author

Mary Jaksch

Mary is passionate about helping people create a happy, purposeful, and fulfilling life. She is the founder of GoodlifeZEN and also the brains behind WritetoDone.com, one of the biggest blogs for writers on the Net. Mary is also a Zen Master, a mother, and a 5th Degree Black Belt.

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