The Happier Method™

Your emotional fitness, happiness, and well-being are SKILLS you can improve through practice. The Happier Method helps you do it!

The Happier Method

Life is full of challenges. But you can struggle less through those challenges and thrive more in work and life. This is what the Happier Method is all about.

The Happier Method helps you improve your well-being and resilience by practicing emotional fitness skills and cultivating a more supportive relationship with your thoughts, emotions, and yourself.

Backed by science, it's practical, accessible, and created for real people, with busy lives and many responsibilities. (Aka you can practice it as part of your daily work and life.)

The foundation (a mini neuroscience lesson)

We need to start with bad news: Your brain doesn't care about your well-being or happiness. It's main job is to keep you safe from danger (which is helpful because staying alive is awesome.)

Because your brain is always searching for possible danger -- real or imagined! -- it's developed certain tendencies that cause you to stress, worry, or let your self-critic get in the way. Here are 3 of them:

  • Negativity bias: Your brain over-focuses on anything negative and ignores many positive moments and experiences if they are familiar.
  • Fear of uncertainty: Uncertainty is your brain's least favorite thing (because it makes it hard to do its main job), so it makes up negative, worst-case scenarios stories to give itself a sense of certainty.
  • Default thinking patterns: You see things not as they are, but as your brain believes they are based on its previous experience (which might not be relevant at all!)

The great news is that you can learn to shift your thoughts when they cause you to struggle, stress, or prevent you from doing what's meaningful to you. And with practice, you can develop a more supportive relationship with your thoughts, your emotions, and ultimately, yourself.

This is what the Happier Method helps you do!

3 Core Principles of the Happier Method

  • Challenge is constant, but struggle is optional. Big or small, challenges are an inevitable part of life, but you can learn to struggle less through them by strengthening your emotional fitness and creating a more supportive relationship with yourself, your thoughts, and your emotions. 
  • Emotional fitness is a SKILL.
 Just as you can develop your physical fitness, you can develop your emotional fitness. But instead of your body, you’re training your brain—to help you navigate the rollercoaster of life instead of causing you to struggle with all kinds of unhelpful thoughts. 
  • Small changes = big impact. Small shifts in mindset and in how you respond to your brain’s thoughts and emotions, can make a huge difference. (Aka, no dramatic life changes required!)

5 Core Emotional Fitness Skills

When you practice your emotional fitness skills consistently, you struggle less, improve your well-being and resilience, and have more energy to bring to the work and people you care about.

  • ACCEPTANCE: Acknowledging your feelings and the situation with clarity instead of judgment and using that as your starting point for moving forward.

  • GRATITUDE: Making an active choice to appreciate the small, positive moments in everyday life–even when times are challenging–and sharing your appreciation for other people with them. 
  • SELF-CARE: Fueling your emotional, mental, and physical energy by limiting unnecessary energy drains and practicing active rest.
  • INTENTIONAL KINDNESS: Being intentionally kind and compassionate towards others without expecting anything in return.
  • THE BIGGER WHY: Regularly connecting with your sense of meaning and purpose by identifying how your daily activities and tasks support your bigger goals, help others, or contribute to something greater than yourself.

Practice your Emotional Fitness Skills!

When you want to improve your physical fitness, you practice -- workout, eat healthier, you know the drill. So when you want to improve your emotional fitness, you gotta practice too and we've created so many awesome ways for you to begin. (We promise you never need to go to the gym and none of the practices take a long time. And you don't need to wait ages for them to work -- you will begin to feel the benefits as soon as you practice)

We've got so many ways for you to get started -- dive in!

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The Happier Method meets you where you’re at:

Begin wherever you are right now. Whether you're feeling on the edge of burnout, want to better manage stress, or have more energy to bring to your work and people you care about, the Happier Method can help. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world have used the Happier Method to get more out of life – you can too.

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