A growing number of researchers believe we have the power to be happy—really, truly happy—by adopting these 6 habits.
5 of 7 | Treat Yourself Like a Pal
You can't be happy if you talk to yourself in negative ways. "The things you tell yourself do have an impact on your mood and on your body," Zoglio says. Negative thoughts trigger the release of the stress chemicals that make you feel worse. And many of us have a tape of harsh criticism running endlessly in our heads.
If you're sabotaging your chances for contentment and inner peace with this kind of talk, make a decision to address yourself as you would a good friend. Pledge to pay close attention to your thoughts, and when you find yourself having a negative thought, replace it with a positive one.