Neuroscience Happiness Rx

I regularly gain inspiration from my friend and fellow teacher, Letitia Walker and her website, Live Yoga Now.   One of her recent blog posts led me to this post by Eric Barker about a recent book called The Upward Spiral by Alex Korb that I've been discussing in classes recently.

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According to Eric's summary of the research, there are four steps to make yourself happy.   

  • Ask “What am I grateful for?” No answers? Doesn’t matter. Just searching helps.
  • Label those negative emotions. Give it a name and your brain isn’t so bothered by it.
  • Decide. Go for “good enough” instead of “best decision ever made on Earth.”
  • Hugs, hugs, hugs. Don’t text — touch.

Check out the blog post by Eric or read the book to learn more.