These 4 easy steps will help you feel happier.  UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.

Here’s what brain research says will make you happy:

  1. Ask “What am I grateful for?” No answers? Just searching helps.
  2. Label those negative emotions. Give it a name and alleviate your brain.
  3. Decide. Go for “good enough” instead of “best decision ever.”
  4. Hugs, hugs, hugs. Don’t text — touch.

So what’s the simple way to start that upward spiral of happiness?  Just send someone a thank-you email.  If you feel awkward about it, you can send them this post to tell them why.  And we’ll be grateful for your help in growing our community of readers.


You can purchase a copy of Alex Korb’s The Upward Spiral here.

Thanks to Eric Barker for this article at Business Insider.