2 minutes a day, for 21 days

Want to feel happier, more socially connected, and more grateful for the good in your life? All it takes is 2 minutes a day for 21 days to notice a dramatic difference. From author, former Harvard instructor, and positive psychology expert Shawn Achor:

“The simplest thing you can do [to feel happier and more positive] is a two-minute email praising or thanking one person that you know. We’ve done this at Facebook, at US Foods, we’ve done this at Microsoft. We had them write a two-minute email praising or thanking one person they know, and a different person each day for 21 days in a row. That’s it. What we find is this dramatically increases their social connection which is the greatest predictor of happiness we have in organizations. It also improves teamwork. We’ve measured the collective IQ of teams and the collective years of experience of teams but both of those metrics are trumped by social cohesion.”

And let’s not forget the more immediate upside—lots of these people will write back positive notes telling you how great you are for sending such a nice message. Everyone wins.

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