My 4 secrets for staying happy

Aymee, happiness expert and soon-to-be doctor of psychology, said she found her calling at a pivotal moment in college when she realized that she just wanted to help people be happy.

Discarding traditional forms of psychology, and a negative approach to diagnosis, Aymee favors focusing on what is right with people instead of what is wrong. “I probably have a disorder, and you probably have a disorder, everybody has a disorder, you know, so what good is that going to do?”

By some twist of fate, before Aymee found her chosen vocation, she would have described herself as a pretty happy person in general. But soon after, in her twenties, she found herself facing hardship and tragedy.

Aymee says the number one problem that people have with happiness is placing responsibility on to people places and things, instead of taking responsibility for their own happiness. If you are ready to take responsibility for your happiness, Aymee can give you three recommendations, right off the bat.

Express Gratitude

Write down five or ten things that you are really grateful for every day.

Practice Random Acts of Kindness

Practice five random acts of kindness a day. It can be something as simple as telling your coworker, “That outfit looks good on you.”

Smile!

There is one crucial element to happiness—taking the corners of your mouth and putting them up toward your cheek bones and repeat after Aymee: “My smile is the best thing that ever happened to me.”

“Happiness, if not now, when? When you are experiencing a happiness challenge, reach for your happiness helpers, look on the bright side, go for gratitude, practice random acts of kindness and don’t forget to do your happiness home work.”

Visit Aymee’s happiness hub for tips on finding – and maintaining – a happy outlook.

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