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Amy Shearn

Mar 19, 2021

1 min read

Put this on your calendar when you feel terrible

😀 Today’s tip: Set aside time to practice experiencing happiness.

There are lots of reasons to feel terrible right now, and just as many to feel just very deeply blah. These doldrum-moments can build on each other, as Ashley Abramson writes in Forge: “Lapses in pleasure-seeking and feeling can actually impair the brain’s reward systems, like a muscle deteriorating in strength when you don’t use it. On the flip side, experiences of joy — even small, rehearsed ones — can keep those pathways strong.”

So think of something that makes you happy — talking to your funniest friend on the phone, rewatching your favorite dumb movie, sitting outside with a mug of tea — and schedule time to do it. It’s an investment in your future wellbeing.

🌻 More from Forge on making happiness a priority:

Don’t Save Your Fun for the End of the Day

To Become Happier, Ask Yourself These Two Questions Every Night

The Stoics’ Best Advice for Finding Happiness in Hard Times

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