Hack Your Happiness Starting Right Now

Shawn Anchor says that it takes 21-days to train your brain to be happy.  But what if you don’t want to wait that long?

No worries, by the end of this 2-minute read you’ll have three rad tricks to hack your happiness immediately.

3 Happiness Hacks:

Hack #1:  Plan an experience that you can make happen.  In a study at Cornell University, psychological scientist Thomas Gilovich concluded that it’s the anticipation of the experience that delivers the greatest sense of happiness and pleasure.

It can be something later today, one week, or 6 months.  You could plan a trip to Las Vegas, set up a spa day, or sign up to learn a new cooking skill.  This simply means having something to look forward too makes you happy. 

Hack # 2:  Close your eyes and use your imagination:  According to Gabriel Cohen your imagination not only shapes your reality it also has the power to illicit the same pleasure centers in our bodies as would a real life experience.

Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to relax your body.  Think about an event that would make you happy.  Once you have it clear in your mind, I want you to stay in that happy place and describe what your 5-senses pick up. 

What does it look, sound, feel, taste, and smell like? The more details you can come up with the happier you will feel.

Isn’t this exciting!?  At anytime you can jet off to your happy place without leaving your mind.

Hack #3:  Be present with a simple task.  Matt Killingsworth believes that happiness comes from being in the moment.  So what does that look like?  Well it comes down to performing any task or activity and staying in the moment rather than allowing your mind to wander or task-shift. 

You can do this by reviewing the second hack and focusing on your 5 senses.  For example when I’m peeling my morning orange all I think about is peeling my orange and my 5 senses.

Jessica is the author of Back 2 Love and How to Start a Mental Health Private Practice.  She owns a private practice in New Prague, Minnesota where she lives with her husband, two children and two dogs.