Research shows that people who are self-compassionate lead healthier, more productive lives than those who are self-critical. In this video, SoulPancake set up a booth in the middle of a park and asked passerby to write a love letter to themselves. What would you want to write to yourself?
Blame evolution for making us focus on the negative! Fortunately, research shows that you can rewire your brain for positivity: The more you take in the positive, the stronger those neural pathways become.
Did you experience a setback recently? Did someone tell you that you wouldn’t make it, or that your ideas weren’t valid? It takes just over a minute to watch this video, and we guarantee it’ll spark some new motivational fire in your belly.
It’s easy to be distracted by the way we wish we were, or think we ought to be, or what others think we should be. Get to know your true self better with the activities in Gretchen Rubin’s track on Happify!
Negative thoughts can occur for many different reasons—but if yours are focused on feeling lonely, you may gain some comfort by warming up, literally. Yale researchers discovered that people recalled fewer negative feelings about a past lonely experience when they were holding a hot pack. (They also found that lonely people tend to take longer hot showers.) Substituting physical warmth for emotional warmth can be a quick fix—just don’t let it take the place of real human interaction in the long run!
If Only We Could Savor the Snow as Much as This Little Guy (VIDEO)
We might all be sick of snow here in the Northeast, but in honor of National Polar Bear Day (yes, that’s a real thing!), we’re sharing a video of this cub savoring his snowy playground at the Toronto Zoo.