I listed it as one of the 10 things should you do every day to improve your life. It can boost happiness.
Via Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage:
Increase meaning in life and social support:
Stretch your attention span:
That same study showed improvements in anxiety, depression, anger, fatigue, and vigor:
In his book The Courage Quotient: How Science Can Make You Braver, Robert Biswas-Diener shows how we can use science and research to be more brave. Yoga, prayer, meditation — anything that helped people keep calm proves valuable:
So how long is this going to take?
Shawn Achor, Harvard happiness expert and author of The Happiness Advantage says improvements can be seen with as little as two minutes a day. 30 minutes a day for 8 weeks can rewire your brain for the better.
Via Daniel Coyle’s excellent book The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills:
So how do you do it?
The Mayo Clinic explains a number of different methods. Here is the simplest one:
Keeping your attention on your breathing can be very tricky. Frankly, I am terrible at this but I do believe it produces results. Doesn’t hurt that there’s plenty of science and a few thousand years of various religions to back it up.
This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.
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