Practice thinking optimistically about the future by taking some time to write down your hopes and dreams for yourself in 5 or 10 years. Where will you be living? What friends and family will be in your life? What type of work do you imagine doing? How would you like to be spending your time? (Check out Sonja Lyubomirsky’s book, The How of Happiness, for more about this exercise, or read about how to do it with your kids here.

© 2011 Christine Carter, Ph.D.

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