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Four Happiness Exercises

In 1982, L. Ron Hubbard wrote a poem called, "The Joy of Creating"

"Force yourself to smile and you'll soon stop frowning.

"Force yourself to laugh and you'll soon find something to laugh about.

"Wax* enthusiastic** and you'll very soon feel so.

"A being causes his own feelings.

"The greatest joy there is in life is creating.

"Splurge on it!"

-- L. Ron Hubbard (*Wax: to gradually increase in size, strength or intensity. **Enthusiastic: having or showing enthusiasm.)

You can use the advice in this poem in several ways, including the following four exercises:

Exercise 1. "Force yourself to smile and you'll soon stop frowning."

  1. Force yourself to smile.

  2. Stop forcing yourself to smile.

  3. Repeat steps A and B above until you are cheerful. Some people feel happier immediately while others take 10 minutes or longer.

Try the exercise in front of a mirror for an extra boost.

This first exercise is especially useful if you are upset, depressed, angry, apathetic or resentful.

Exercise 2. "Force yourself to laugh and you'll soon find something to laugh about."

Do this exercise when you are feeling stressed or taking life too seriously.

  1. Force yourself to laugh.

  2. If you cannot force a laugh, say, "ha ha ha ha ha." Then say, "ho ho ho ho ho." Then say, "he he he he he." Repeat until you can force yourself to laugh.

  3. Continue to force yourself to laugh until you find something to laugh about. Sooner or later, something very funny will come to mind. You will feel less stressed, less serious and more optimistic.


Exercise 3

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