Automate Your Happiness
Boosting happiness takes time. But we are busier than ever. So when are you supposed to practice these skills that will change your life? Here's how to automate the happiness building process.
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If you are like most people, you’re busy. You probably have near zero time to spend on building your happiness skills. But the reality is that it does take time to learn and practice any new skill. So when are you supposed to practice these skills that will supposedly change your life?
The majority of happiness programs require that you spend an unreasonable amount of time using them. That’s a big problem because most people just do not have the time, energy, and motivation to practice these skills regularly.
But don’t worry, by blending the happiness skill-building process with other daily activities, you can automate your happiness. For example, one product I worked on recently—The Happy Puppy Magnet Set—consists of a set of magnets that help children increase their emotional intelligence passively.
Children learn a little bit every time they see the magnets on the fridge, but these kids don’t need to take even one minute of time out of their day. They learn effortlessly, without doing anything at all.
These types of products—products that help you practice happiness skills passively or while you are engaging in another activity—help you automate your happiness. You boost your happiness, not just in your spare time but in your occupied time. The more techniques you use to learn passively, the easier it will be to automate your happiness.
What are some strategies you can start using today?
To start you can put stick notes up around your house with positive affirmations on them, or basically phrases that remind you what you are, what you want, and thoughts you want to be having.
Learn more tips like this in our happiness program.
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.