Stop Trying to be Happy (do THIS instead)


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The pursuit of happiness is futile. And psychology suggests that identifying ways you are content is a better way to achieve well-being.

Body scan meditation
Mindful breathing
Loving kindness meditation:

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0:00 Can I Ever be Happy?
1:05 Definition of Happiness
1:32 The Happiness Pie
2:05 The Happiness Pie has Flaws
3:52 The Key to Long Term Well-Being
4:20 How to be Content
5:39 Can You Shift Your Expectations?

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