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The pursuit of happiness

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“Lots of people think the ‘pursuit of happiness’ is a linear process, so they live in a state of expectancy,” said Marti MacGibbon. “But you can experience happiness in the present moment, without waiting, if you give yourself permission.”

To do that, she recommends these tips:

—Recognize that happiness is available now: “You can do this exercise while taking a coffee break, in the elevator, or in a brief moment in your office, door closed if you need it.”

—Choose to think positive, self-enhancing thoughts, like “I am enthusiastic about my job,” rather than, “I will be enthusiastic about my job.”

—Harness the power of the moment to choose happiness: “This is not a process of denying the existence of stress at work.” —Gazette staff

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