10. And finally, Anticipate the positives.
Research shows that looking forward to something fun, whether it’s a vacation or throwing a birthday party for your dog, can improve your mood almost as much as experiencing it. And you can learn to harness the good feelings that anticipation brings into your daily life.
Every night, for example, write down something you look forward to the next day, even if it’s small: a new book, a donut, a package that arrives in the mail. Or bribe yourself. A 2013 study found that subjects who had an iPod loaded with audiobooks that they could only listen to at the gym worked 51% harder than those who didn’t.
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