Happiness is a habit. You might think it sounds silly at first, but there’s a reason why one of the most popular free Yale courses is such a hit with people. Professor Laurie Santos stumbled onto something great, presented it with scientific knowledge, and made people see that happiness isn’t something intrinsic. Happiness has to be constructed, just like perfection.
Without getting too technical, our brains have neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to change physical form, readjust neuron connections, and even create new pathways while learning how to do something. Therefore, just like a few minutes of practice can teach you how to do a handstand or speak a new language, you can change your brain to be happier and more optimistic.
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