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This Is The Most Fun Way To Improve Every Part Of Your Life

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Here’s how celebration is the most fun way to improve every area of your life:

  • Relationships: Stop trying to fix the bad and focus on relishing the good. That’s what makes marriages last.
  • Work: Celebrating success makes companies happier and more productive. The world needs more fist bumps.
  • Happiness: Focus on the good things, savor them and then let that joy out. Happiness expressed is double happiness.
  • Motivation: Celebratory rewards build good habits. If they get Navy SEALs through “Hell Week” they’ll get you through most anything.

Want to look back on your life and feel great about it? Then end more moments with a celebration. Is this another silly trick from the internet? Nope. This tip comes from a Nobel Prize winner…

Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Laureate and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, has shown that your brain consistently remembers only two things about an event: the emotional peak and the ending.

Via The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less:

Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman and his colleagues have shown that what we remember about the pleasurable quality of our past experiences is almost entirely determined by two things: how the experiences felt when they were at their peak (best or worst), and how they felt when they ended. This “peak-end” rule of Kahneman’s is what we use to summarize the experience, and then we rely on that summary later to remind ourselves of how the experience felt.

Your brain is not a perfect computer. What you will remember is not the same as what happened. But you can game it so your memories are better than what happened.

What does it take to fool your brain into looking back on your life with joy and pride, my fellow tricksters? If you make sure to always end happy times or tough challenges with a little celebration, you already have half of what it takes to make great memories.

If you have a head full of happy memories, it’s hard not to feel like you have an amazing life.

And an amazing life is something worth celebrating. So go celebrate.

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