Take 15 Seconds to Create a Memory
Spend around 15 seconds each day sending yourself an e-mail about something that made you happy. Keep it quick and easy, but do it every day so it becomes a habit. You can keep it to 15 seconds or spend more time if you have it. Type your memory into the subject line of the e-mail. Start your subject line with “Memory:” so you can quickly separate it from other e-mails, and then add your happy thoughts. You can manually or automatically move the emails into a memories folder so you can go back and review them at your leisure. If you have more time, you can add a picture or spend time describing your experience in more detail. For fun, you can share with the people who were a part of your happy memory. Over time you will create an electronic journal of happiness. Any time you are sad or need a boost, just review some of your past happy memories.
This activity combines three different areas of happiness research. First, remembering three great things that happened during your day makes you happier. Second, writing down your thoughts and feelings and especially writing your personal stories also helps you be happier. Lastly, remembering the small events in life can make you as happy or happier than focusing on just the big events.
Send yourself daily happiness e-mails and you can create a reservoir of happy memories you can access whenever you need them. Plus it will make each day a little happier.
You can also use the MyHappiness App to track your daily happiness and keep a history with pictures and recommendations for happiness. You can access it on iPhone or Android in the app store by searching for MyHappiness or on your browser at MyHappiness.io