If there’s one thing you’ve always excelled at, it’s hating people. And things. You’re doing it right now, aren’t you? It’s this introduction, isn’t it? I understand.
But the tricky part about hating stuff? It’s scientifically proven to be hard work. Happiness is much easier, as well as entirely possible for you to achieve … provided you rewire your brain via the daily techniques described in Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage. In the end, you’ll be that much closer to Finding Mr. Brightside, especially if you just got distracted and clicked on that link.
Step 1: Write down 3 things you’re grateful for (without laughing). Feel free to fake it until the positivity starts feeling artificially natural. If you’re easily embarrassed, don’t write your emotions in an actual journal that haters can access.
Step 2: Write for 2 minutes a day about a positive experience from yesterday. C’mon, tons of amazing things happened after you got that speeding ticket. Okay, but what about before?
Step 3: Exercise for 10 minutes a day. Shawn Achor is probably the kind of guy who goes to the gym to ride the elliptical for 10 minutes and be friends with people the other 50. The good news is you can become just as happy as him doing jumping jacks in your living room by yourself.
Step 4: Meditate for 2 minutes. If this sounds an awful lot like praying, you still aren’t allowed to skip this one. Besides, it might feel good to watch your breath for a few and then dump all your problems on a higher power. Give it a try!
Step 5: Write a borderline-creepy note to a colleague thanking or praising them. A note from you may not be what Linda from Accounting wants to see first thing in the morning, but this isn’t about Linda. This is about you feeling guilty for skipping her meeting yesterday and alleviating yourself of said guilt.
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If all of the above fails, you can always give up, be yourself, and download a free sample chapter of The Edumacation of Jay Baker.