record what was positive in that day to stay focused on the high points. They learn to take short meditation breaks throughout the day to focus on their breathing to release tension from their bodies. They discover that how we think about events is oftenmore important than what actually occurs. It's not 'it happened for the best,' but 'how can I make the best of what happened?' And yes, they learn to stop and smell the roses.
Here's the Harvard course distilled into tips you can put to use today:
-Happiness lies at the intersection of what is meaningful and enjoyable. Find a way to use your passion for purpose, profit,and pleasure.-Happiness is dependent on your state of mind. You are today where your thoughts brought you and will be tomorrow whereyour thoughts take you. Recognize, accept and get to the root of your human emotions of anxiety, sadness, fear for themessages there, rather than deny them.-Simplify! Instead of a 'To Do List' have a 'To Become List.' Just say no to time fillers and buying lots of things that clutter and don't enhance life.-Fortify mind-body wellness: Eat fresh healthy foods, get regular exercise, and refreshing sleep. Be affirmative in your thoughts and words.-Express gratitude: Focus and savor the beautiful, good and true things in life.-Ask yourself: What is the one moment from your entire lifethat you would choose to live with in eternity. Knowing it givesyou a key to what it takes to make your life happy and worthwhile.