3Overcome obstacles by cracking a joke!
Next time you find yourself in a frustrating situation—say, a traffic jam— try to see a glimmer of humor in it, for instance, that you’ve finally got some time to yourself! Sounds silly, but the happiest people are those who can find a bright spot in tough circumstances, reveals research done at Western Carolina and Oakland universities. ✤ It works! Positive humor—the kind that points out a benefit rather than highlights a negative—makes challenges a little less challenging, so that you come out on the other side of them with your optimism intact!
And savor simple pleasures!
Pausing to appreciate three good things each day— they can be as simple as the deliciousness of a cup of coffee—helps you sail through minor snafus. As researchers explain, savoring positive moments reminds you that setbacks are temporary!