According to a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, there's a simple trick you can do every day to make yourself a happier person. And it only takes ten minutes a day. Heck, that sounds like a deal, right? I think we've all struggled here and there to find encouragement and happiness in our lives, so why not give it a shot.  Here's what you have to do-

 

Each night, write down three things that went well that day.  You can use a pen and paper, or your computer.  It doesn't matter.  And they don't have to be BIG things.  A compliment you got on your outfit counts.  Or if you got to work a few minutes early, that counts too. Then next to each of those things, answer the question, "WHY did this happen?" You don't need to write a paragraph, just one sentence that sums it up.  Like if you got to work early, maybe you'd write, "Because I didn't hit the snooze button."

 

And THAT'S IT.  Studies have found that if you do it every day, it forces you to focus on the positive things in your life - and you're almost guaranteed to be a happier person six months down the road.  The guy who came up with it says it's tough for some people to think of three good things a day at first.  But after about a week, it gets easier and easier.

So here's what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna get my little notebook from my bag (I use it a lot for grocery lists and such) and I'm gonna try it. What can it hurt, right?  Even if it doesn't work, it's not like it took a ton of time out of my day.

And if it does?  Well, good for me, then, right?  Alright notebook, I'll see you tonight.

Writingly yours,

Behka