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5 Ways to Train Your Brain Every Day for Happiness

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You have to train your brain to be positive just like you work out your body. — Shawn Achor

1. Gratitude

Psychologist Robert Emmons, who has spent nearly his entire career studying gratitude, has found that few things in life are as integral to our well-being.11Countless other studies have shown that consistently grateful people are more energetic, emotionally intelligent, forgiving, and less likely to be depressed, anxious, or lonely. And it’s not that people are only grateful because they are happier, either; gratitude has proven to be a significant cause of positive outcomes. When researchers pick random volunteers and train them to be more grateful over a period of a few weeks, they become happier and more optimistic, feel more socially connected, enjoy better quality sleep, and even experience fewer headaches than control groups.” — Shawn Achor

2. A Good Night’s Sleep

While we sleep, the brain is able to get rid of toxins, including proteins that are associate with Alzheimer’s disease. — Arianna Huffington

Do you find it challenging to stay calm under pressure?

3. Exercise

4. Meditation

Neuroscientists have found that monks who spend years meditating actuallygrow their left prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain most responsible for feeling happy. But don’t worry, you don’t have to spend years in sequestered, celibate silence to experience a boost. Take just five minutes each day to watch your breath go in and out.” — Shawn Achor

5. Do Deep Work

A workday drive by the shallow, from a neurological perspective, is likely to be a draining and upsetting day, even if most the shallow things that capture your attention seem harmless and fun- Cal Newport

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