Research shows that rather than intensity, the frequency positive emotions and feelings is a stronger predictor of our individual overall level of happiness. What this means is that it is more effective to increase the number of positive experiences in one's life than it is to intensify them.
Here is a simple, yet very effective exercise that you can try called "The Daily Vacation". You will choose a different "vacation" to take each day. For example, it may be a walk in nature, or even sitting on your porch enjoying the beautiful creation. It could be a relaxing bath, taking to a friend, enjoying the sunrise or set, or connecting in a meaningful way with someone you love. Let your imagination take over as you explore what this is for you.
Before you begin, remember that this is a time to relax. Do your best to set aside your fears or concerns for a time. It may be helpful to do some deep diaphragmatic breathing to really engage the relaxation response.
During this time each day, be present in the moment and really soak in the experience. Notice any positive emotions that you experience and try to remember them, even if you have to write them down.
After your daily vacation, try to plan the time for your daily vacation the next day. You may even consider making this at a regular time each day.
Before bed, spend just a few minutes to recall the positive emotions you experienced this day. At the end of the week, look back over each day's experience and compare it to your previous week. Did you notice a difference? How did this make you feel?
I would love to hear about your experience if you decide to practice "A Daily Vacation". This is something I personally look forward to each day!
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