Why not train your brain to have a “trigger” for happiness? This writer did. He put pressure on his wrist every time he was happy. After doing this for a while, he could squeeze his wrist & his mind brought back the feelings of happines. Weird, but if it works why not? This might help for dealing with stress too.
I doubt that it would work if you overused it, but it could be a fun experiment. It might not work for those in real depression, but for the rest of us who feel down now & then it might be worth a try. This makes me wonder if it would be bad to be happy all the time. Probably.
Here’s my easier take on this–courtesy of my mom. She used to tell us to smile because “if you go through the motions, you will feel the corresponding E-motions.” That was her theory & we thought it was dumb. Since then I’ve read there is some research to bolster her claims. I’m wondering if the act of smiling (which uses all sorts of muscles) could actually be a “trigger” for happiness. It makes sense. If it is, then you already have a built in trigger & won’t have to trick your body with some other signal. So try smiling when you want to feel better & see if it works. It could be that easy. (And I know the title should be Get Happy Easily–just didn’t have the same ring to it!)
Click title for link at WiseBread to learn more about how he went about it.