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How To Live A Happy Life: Louis CK Explains The Science

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Everything is amazing and nobody is happy, says Louis CK on Conan.

I guess YouTube keeps taking down this video.

“Everything is amazing right now and nobody’s happy.”Louis CK says that around 2 minutes and 15 seconds in. Then he drives it home around 3:55 with this anecdote:

I was on an airplane and there was internet – high speed internet – on the airplane. That’s the newest thing that I know exists. And I’m sitting on the plane and they go, “Open up your laptops. You can go on the internet.”

And it’s fast and I’m watching youtube clips – it’s amazing – I’m in an airplane!

And then it breaks down. And they apologize, “The internet’s not working.” The guy next to me goes, “This is bullshit.”

Like how quickly the world owes him something he knew existed only 10 seconds ago.

Eric Barker writes that it's all about gratitude:

Gratitude is one of the few things that nearly all the research shows is part of how to live a happy life.

You want evidence? I’ve got gratitude studies for days: It will make you happier. It will improve your relationships.

Louis CK knows this. And your grandparents know this.

They tried to tell you. You didn’t listen.

I should be a better listener.

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A great system for improving happiness:

  • Put a notepad and pen by the bed.
  • Before you go to sleep each night, write down three things that happened that day which you’re thankful for.
  • Then write a sentence about why each happened.

That’s it. Really. It takes a few minutes. And it works.

This technique has been proven again and again and again. Here it is, explained by its originator, University of Pennsylvania professor Martin Seligman.

Via Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being:

Every night for the next week, set aside ten minutes before you go to sleep. Write down three things that went well today and why they went wellWriting about why the positive events in your life happened may seem awkward at first, but please stick with it for one week. It will get easier. The odds are that you will be less depressed, happier, and addicted to this exercise six months from now.

The military even teaches Seligman’s gratitude techniques to soldiers.

I like the gratitude journal idea I made a separate page for it:

My method is to wake up and immediately try to write an email (or sometimes an online review) to someone I am grateful to!

That's a good method!

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