Happiness starts in the brain. It is interwoven with our memories, attention, and thoughts. That's why training your brain to pay attention to the positive things can help you increase happiness. Learn how here.
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In addition to increasing your brain’s positive memory you also can increase your brain’s ability to pay attention to positive information. By doing this you make it easier to practice skills like mindfulness, reappraisal, and benefit finding. Try the activity below to see how.
Activity: Positive attention
In this activity, you'll build you positive attention - just a tiny bit - by completing the attention game below.
Each positive word below is broken up into 2 pieces. Try to put all the positive words back together by matching the word pieces.
To actually make a long-lasting change in the way your brain attends to positive information, these activities need to be completed many times, with many different words. If you want to build your positive attention at home, you can purchase my Positivity eWorkBook and use scissors to chop the collection of positive words into word pieces, like the activity above.
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.