3 daily steps to increase your happiness

Are you happy? No matter how you answer, this question is important too: Are you taking steps to actively choose to be happy?

In his 2015 Annual Meeting presentation, speaker and author Shawn Achor said that happiness is a choice, “and it’s a choice that can be influenced.” He suggested three habits you can adopt to increase your happiness:

  1. Think of three new things you’re grateful for every day. This 45-second investment in your life can supersede genes and decades of experience, Achor said.
  2. Do 15 minutes of cardio every day. The effects of cardio can be as effective as taking an antidepressant, he said.
  3. Write a two-minute email praising or thanking a person you know. “If you do this for three days in a row, you’ll become addicted to it,” Achor said. “This increases your social connections, and social connections are the greatest predictor of success.”


  • Deborah Vieira says:

    This is the first time anyone has suggested doing a thank you or praise e-mail. This is such a great idea…….. I am going to try now! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.

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