Training your brain to be happy

There's some really fascinating insight in this article -- not only about how to  make yourself happy -- but also about which professions are least happy and why.

I'd heard that dentists have the highest suicide rate due to their (perceived) lack of status among other medical professionals and their patients dread of going to the dentist. But this article talks about a couple other professions:

http://theweek.com/article/index/256206/how-to-train-your-brain-to-be-happy

In the piece they say that training your mind to look for errors and problems (accounting, law and I assume editing) can "lead you toward a pervasive pessismism that carrries over into your personal life." It states that lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to have depression and get divorced because they've trained their minds to seek out the bad in life; pessimists excel at law.

So how do you break the cycle of negativity?

1. Every night for one week, write down 3 things that went well and WHY they went well. They don't have to be big things.

2. Be grateful for what you have by looking at those who have it worse than you. 

3. Rewrite your past by putting a positive spin on things. "Happy people naturally reinterpret events so that they preserve their self-esteem" says the article.

They also had a link to another list of things to do to make you happy:

http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2012/08/here-are-the-things-that-are-proven-to...

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