The simplest secret to happiness you'll ever find - The Week
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
Next time something good happens, stop whatever you are doing, give it a second, and appreciate that moment.
Old clichés like "stopping to smell the roses" and "it's the little things in life"? They're true. The happiness researchers call it "savoring." Here's how it works.
What is savoring?
We're busy. We're multitasking. And we think this makes things better because we get more done. But the problem is that means you're paying less attention to any one thing — and therefore you enjoy all of those things less. Do you watch TV while you eat? That means you'll enjoy your food less.
Savoring is all about attention. Focus on the bad, you'll feel bad. Focus on the good and… guess what happens?
The key component to effective savoring is focused attention. By taking the time and spending the effort to appreciate the positive, people are able to experience more well-being. [Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth]
People who take time to appreciate beauty around them really are happier.
Those who said they regularly took notice of something beautiful were 12 percent more likely to say they were satisfied with their lives. [100 Simple Secrets of the Best Half of Life]
Research shows that the happiest people take the time to appreciate the little things in life. I know what you're thinking: correlation isn't causation. Maybe they're just wired that way. Nope. Wrong answer. Research shows it can work for anybody. Focusing on the positive and appreciating those things more leads to happiness increases in less than a week.