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The 7-Step Evening Ritual That Will Make You Happy by TIME

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Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize winner and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, has shown that your brain really remembers only two things about an event:

  1. The emotional peak
  2. The end

Here’s your new evening ritual for happiness:

  • Have a “shutdown ritual.” Write down worries and make a plan for tomorrow. Work is over.
  • Turn weeknights into weekends. Weekends are happier because of time with friends. So see friends. Not hard.
  • Mastery, not TV. Hobbies make you happier. Spend nights getting awesome at something.
  • Wind down, don’t collapse. No screens. No coffee. No skydiving.
  • Never go to bed angry with your partner. Kiss and make up. And kiss. And kiss some more.
  • Write down the good stuff that happened. Force your brain to think about the good and life will be good.
  • Schedule something to look forward to. Anticipation is like 401K matching for happiness. Double the happies.

Your brain cheats. Cheat back. Plan a good thing for tomorrow to have an emotional high point, end the day right and you can trick your mind into happiness.

And don’t wait. Right now, send this to a friend and plan something fun for tomorrow. That way you’re half done.

As the saying goes, “All’s well that ends well.” So end the day well, my friend.

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