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November 5, 2014 12:01 AM EST
Barker is the author of Barking Up The Wrong Tree


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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