How to rewire your brain to be happier

When Barbara Fredrickson, PhD., professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNC-Chapel Hill, hears “go to your happy place” she literally heads for her PEP Lab (Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory). For more than 20 years she’s been studying positive emotions, tackling how they affect the heart, the immune system and mental health. “The ways that we feel happiness and well-being are actually showing up in the cells of our immune system and supporting our health in that way,” she said. Money and success account for only a small part of people’s happiness, a bigger portion is self-created, and meditating even just 15 minutes a day is an easy way to do that. “Before and after a three month study, we’ll measure people’s heart rates, and we see a healthy pattern…

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