Did You Know You Can Train Yourself to Be Happy? Here's How

Updated 09/23/16

Take a look at some of the world's elite athletes—they don't get to the Olympian level by sitting on their laurels and waiting for the gold medal to fall in their lap. They train their guts out every day, with the goal of someday standing center stage on that podium. If you really want to be the best at something, you have to prepare, practice, and persevere. In fact, clinical psychologist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health Maria Sirois says happiness requires the same degree of effort and training as a professional sports star.

"Happiness isn't something that is simply gifted to us," she said. "It requires perspective and practice." Intrigued? Scroll down to read Maria's seven tips on how to train yourself to be happy.

Train Your Brain to Get Happy by Teresa Aubele $13
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Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh $12
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Learned Optimism by Martin E. P. Seligman $9
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Positive Thinking Every Day by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale $9
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Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed $10
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How We Choose to Be Happy by Rick Foster $13
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Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan $15
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Do you agree that happiness takes practice? What brings you happiness? Share your daily rituals, tips, and advice in the comments below.

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