5 Ways to Apply the Latest Research on Happiness

BY JESSICA STILLMAN, Contributor, Inc.com

A recent study shows looking back on ordinary moments boosts happiness. Here's how to put that insight to use.

If someone asks what will make you happy, you're most likely to say something like a long beach vacation, seeing old friends, or even watching a hilarious video. But whatever you specifically choose, almost all of us opt for something extraordinary and outside of our everyday experience.

That's a mistake, according to research out of Harvard I reported on last year. It's not that sitting on a sun lounger for a week won't give you a wellness boost, it's just that simply looking back on pleasant, day-to-day memories will too, the research showed. And that's often a lot easier to manage.

“People find a lot of joy in rediscovering a music playlist from months ago or an old joke with a neighbor, even though those things did not seem particularly meaningful in the moment. The studies highlight the importance of not taking the present for granted, and documenting the mundane moments of daily life to give our future selves the joy of rediscovering them," Harvard Business School’s Ting Zhang commented at the time.

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