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Boost Your Mood: Find Bliss

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Happiness is a state of being and a life skill you can develop. Our 3-step "mood workout" will get you there.

Happiness Is a State of Mind

When you were a kid, happiness was as natural as, well, hugging a warm puppy. You had friends coming over to play. You had sweet bedtime stories. You had new adventures daily, and every goal achieved, whether it was tying your shoes or riding a bike, earned you lavish praise. Sure, you were frustrated or sad at times, but you also had a lot of people invested in maintaining your happiness.

Fast-forward to today. Outings with friends require careful coordination of schedules, the two-wheeler has given way to the killer abs class you squeeze in at lunchtime, and your bedtime reading is work-related. Somewhere you lost touch with that feeling of contentment. But what if the ability to be happy was still within you, waiting to be tapped? "Being truly happy -- carrying a sense of purpose and a measure of optimism and love into each day -- is a state everyone can achieve," says Dan Baker, PhD, the leading authority on the subject and author of What Happy People Know.

The trick is to recondition your mind. To do that, Baker developed this three-step "Get Happy" workout. Do these exercises for just 10 minutes every day, and by the end of the month you'll begin viewing your world in a much more optimistic way.

Are you really ready to make a change? Sign up for our 8-week "You Can Do It" makeover plan, and we'll e-mail you easy-to-follow guides every week to help you Boost Your Mood!

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