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How to Be Happy

Oh, Happy Day! continued...

9 p.m. Meditate. Try something simple, like counting your breaths for a few minutes. Researchers have conducted several studies with Buddhist monks who were experienced meditators, using machines to measure their brain activity. They found that the monks' brains showed higher activity levels in areas associated with contentment.

10 p.m. Get ready for bed. Experts note that to prepare for a good night's rest, you should start unwinding an hour beforehand. Remember that if you don't get enough sleep — seven to nine hours for most adults — your pleasures wane, and you're likely to have spats with loved ones (who are, after all, essential to our happiness).

 

Originally published on November 27, 2007

 

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