Trend Letter Stories - March 2016

4 skills you can develop to increase life satisfaction

According to Abe Lincoln, "People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be," and neuroscience researchers at the University of Wisconsin now have the empirical data to back it up. Rather than being a matter of chance or (mis)fortune, happiness is a skill you can learn, just as you can learn to ride a bike or play the piano. Resilience, though the most difficult skill to develop, is one of the most important for jump-starting happiness. Richard Davidson, founder of the Center for Healthy Minds, also found that having a positive outlook, paying attention, and showing generosity are key skills that lead to higher levels of happiness. (Business Insider, 03.07.2016)