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Positive Emotions Increase Life Satisfaction By Building Resilience

(Science Daily) People who seed their life with frequent moments of positive emotions increase their resilience against challenges, according to a new study…

“This study shows that if happiness is something you want out of life, then focusing daily on the small moments and cultivating positive emotions is the way to go,” said … the principal investigator… “Those small moments let positive emotions blossom, and that helps us become more open. That openness then helps us build resources that can help us rebound better from adversity and stress, ward off depression and continue to grow.”

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Community: I’ve had to train myself to appreciate the small things, small happinesses, like rubbing my cat’s stomach or playing with my dog. It’s not a new idea, by the way. It’s the lesson of the book of Ecclesiastes in the old testament, according to Rabbi Harold Kushner, in When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough (pp. 142-143 in the 1987 paperback edition):

What is life about? It is not about writing great books, amassing great wealth, achieving great power. It’s about loving and being loved. It is about enjoying your food and sitting in the sun… It is about savoring the beauty of moments that don’t last… There is no Answer, but there are answers: love and the joy of working, and the simple pleasures of food and fresh clothes, the little things that tend to get lost and trampled in the search for the Grand Solution to the Problem of Life and emerge, like the proverbial bluebird of happiness, only when we have stopped searching.

Apparently, I have to relearn this lesson almost every single day.

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