Can We Train Our Brains for Happiness?

To say that achieving a state of happiness in 2020 is hard might just be the understatement of the year. I think most of us can agree that the feelings we’ve felt the most this year are worry, anxiety, fear, and stress. What we are all searching for though is joy and happiness.

I’ve talked about looking for thin slices of joy on my Instagram page before, but what if we could actually find large pockets of happiness even in the midst of a worldwide happiness pandemic? Well, according to UBC based Professor of Psychology, and happiness researcher Dr. Lesley Lutes, we can!

Dr. Lutes and her team have created a research and science based program that runs for 12 weeks, and provides exercises that can easily shift our brain and bodies into a happier mood, and help us deal with all the Covid related stresses. According to the science you can increase your happiness. In return, you’ll not only feel good, but the increased joy will support your health and longevity, which is another thing we all need right now.

I know it might seem a bit strange to engage in an ‘exercise program’ for happiness, but in a weird way, it might be exactly what we need right now. In times of stress it’s easy to lean into sad feelings, and now more than ever we have to do the work to find (and hold onto) happiness.

You can find more information on the Enhance Study by Dr Lutes, and sign up for free at this link.

*Remember – you should always consult your doctor if you have concerns about your mental well being. This post is not intended as medical advice.


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