Get 5% happier

Taken from Good Life Zen website, by Mary Jaksch

The psychologist  Nathaniel Branden, who is considered to be the father of the self-esteem movement, came up with a simple way to boost happiness: the process of question-completion.

Here is how it works:

You use an incomplete sentence, and then quickly jot down six ways to complete it. Branden originally used this method to boost self-esteem, but it works to boost happiness as well.

Complete this sentence:

To bring 5% more happiness to my life …

How to do the sentence-completion exercise:

  • Write what comes into your mind; don’t edit your thoughts.
  • Don’t worry if you contradict yourself.
  • Write down at least six completions each time you use the technique.
  • Try completing this sentence each morning for seven days.

By Mary Jaksch

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