Authored by William G. DeFoore, Ph.D.
Put this secret of happiness to work for you right now. Using a form of "time travel," you will actually change the structure of your neural networks, literally hard-wiring your brain for happiness...not just for the moment, but for the rest of your life.
Goodfinding, is the practice of gratitude, appreciation and optimism, and now you're going to learn how to expand those skills with nostalgia, savoring and anticipation.
Why is it a secret? Only because you can't put in a pill, an app, or a quick fix technique. This approach to happiness works...and it needs to you to do a little work too.
And what does this have to do with time travel? You may not realize it, but you're time traveling all of the time. Your busy mind is always drifting through the past, present, and future. So, now let's make that work to your great benefit!
"Any time you need to be happier, just do some time travel...it's that simple."
Okay, you're not actually traveling through time like the folks in the movies...but your mind is almost constantly moving through your past and your future, with occasional brief stop-offs in the present.
This is how it works:
As Dr. Hanson suggests, there are ways to expand and enhance positive memories and emotions, so that they ultimately override the negative ones.
So now, we're going to embark on positive time travel, as suggested in Eric Barker's excellent article, How To Use Time Travel To Increase Happiness.
There are only three time zones to travel...past, present and future. And, as we've discussed, you're already doing that, all of the time, without being aware of it most of the time.
The secret of happiness is to make it positive, and how to master it so that you can use it to enhance your happiness.
Here we go:
Past - Gratitude and nostalgia are the best way to travel through your past.
Present - Appreciate and savor the goodness in your present moment.
Future - Optimistically anticipate the positive events and experiences you want in your future.
Remember...you're doing this all of the time, whether you know it or not. Your mind doesn't have anywhere else to go except for the past, present and future.
You have many positive experiences in your past, just waiting for your grateful reminiscing. There is so much good in you and all around you, right now..in the precious present. And you have so much good to look forward to.
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