How to get happy in a hurry, according to neuroscience

iStock Do you want to be happy? Dumb question. Most of us are in flat-out pursuit of happiness. As neuroscientist Shimon Edelman says in Salon.com, we Americans are the only people on the planet who have the right to chase happiness written right into our foundational political document, the Constitution. But, Edelman notes, “we are not told what to do with it once [we] catch it.” Nor are we told how to catch it. But Time.com blogger Eric Barker lists four rapid, in-the-moment ways to feel happy – he calls them “rituals” – based on recent neuroscience, and featured in a new book by UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb: “The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time.” 1. Ask yourself what you’re grateful…


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