By Eric Barker
March 23, 2015
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Barker is the author of Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Naturally happy people unconsciously engage in:

  1. Social comparison (or the lack thereof)
  2. Retrospective judgment

Via Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth:

Even if you’re not a naturally happy person you can use these techniques to increase positive feelings.

So what the heck do those fancy words mean and how can we leverage them?

1) “Social comparison” means don’t compare yourself to others:

Via Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth:

Or only compare yourself to those worse off than you:

2) “Retrospective judgment” means reevaluating events and putting a positive spin on them:

Via Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth:

This is very effective with the minor problems of everyday life:

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