Here’s why you should embrace only feeling okay, too.
When you expect happiness to be spikes in positive emotion, day-to-day you’ll assume you’re not very happy, but reframing how you think about those moments when you just feel content, or okay, helps you realize you’re happier overall than you think you are. James Baraz, writing on Greater Good, explains:
As neuroscience expert Rick Hanson says: “The brain is like Teflon for positive experiences and Velcro for negative ones.” We need to train ourselves to appreciate and take in those simple moments of life where things are actually okay. When you let go of looking for ecstatic states, you can find joy in the most commonplace moments.
Embrace times where you feel okay, but not super joyful, to help you recognize all the opportunities you have to be satisfied with your life even if those moments don’t reach the high point that many people associate with “happy.”
This article was written by Heather Yamada-Hosley from Lifehacker and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.