Your Friday Happiness Audit!

Happiness is very subjective and hard to define. What makes one person happy does not make everyone happy. But you probably know what makes you happy.

Unfortunately we’re not always good at recognising when we’re happy and living in that moment. We do seem to be quite good though, at remembering the less than fabby things and trotting them out in our heads, often. Which can give them a bigger place than they deserve in our memories.

Research on Depression

The *latest research on managing severe depression is quite clear. Dwelling on what is wrong makes you feel worse and reinforces the tendency towards more depression. Talking about what ails you makes it worse.  Therapy which focusses on your problems, on what is wrong with your life, is unhelpful.

Happiness Tip

So here’s my tip for this week end. You know how to make yourself feel sad – think sad things. You know how to make yourself feel better, think happy things! It’s as complicatedly simple as that. Like everything you need to practise and retrain your brain from it’s habitual path of dwelling on what went wrong. As you finish up the week ask yourself:

How many good things have happened to me this week?

How many times have I smiled?

What makes me feel good?

Have a great time!

Want more? Take a look at Nostalgia Makes You Happy

*Check out ‘Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression by Segal, Williams & Teasedale

Photo Credit: Cynthia Turek

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Posted on September 2nd, 2011 by

2 Responses to “Your Friday Happiness Audit!”

  1. Julie Camm says:

    Hi Jane I so agree with your post – the more positive and happy we are seems infectious to people about you, then every one seems to get a more positive outlook. This week lots of positives have happened and in two weeks time we are off to the World Championships with a much more positive attitude than before!!

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