Anybody can learn to be happy. At least, that’s the idea behind a course called “Positive Psychology” - which is the most popular class at Harvard University. According to the New York Post, the 90-minute class meets just once a week and includes time for meditation. It was created by psychology lecturer Tal Ben-Shahar. He says the quest for happiness is as old as mankind, both Aristotle and Confucius talked about being happy. But the field of Positive Psychology was first introduced by Dr. Martin Seligman. at the time he was the President of the American Psychological Association. And it’s all about discovering what’s right with you, instead of dwelling on what’s wrong. Basically, it’s about getting happier and finding ways to stay that way. According to Dr. Seligman, some of the things that won’t make you happier are more money, and being younger or more beautiful. But there are 2 things you can do that’ll almost guarantee happiness. They’re taught in the Harvard course, but we’re going to share them with you – no tuition required. The first one is called a “gratitude visit” - which means writing a thank you letter to a teacher, a parent, a friend, or anyone whom you owe a debt of gratitude. Read them that letter of appreciation, and according to Dr. Seligman you’ll be noticeably happier - even a month later. And for an even longer-lasting dose of happiness, try the exercise Dr. Seligman calls “three blessings.” Every day, take time to write down three things that went well and why. You’ll experience an immediate and lasting mood lift. Do it every day and you’ll be on your way to being happy. Wanna know more about positive psychology – without having to get into Harvard? Visit AuthenticHappiness.org.