Are the Numbers 5, 3 and 1 the Keys to Happiness?

You already know how to keep your memory and intelligence in top form. (Hello, fish oil and brain-boosting activities like Lumosity.) But did you know that the secret to lifelong happiness might lie in the numbers 5, 3 and 1?

Studies show that just a few minutes of mindful meditation and gratitude can increase energy, reduce stress and improve ability to make executive decisions. Here, the three things you need to do to make the most of these three magic numbers.

Meditate for FIVE minutes in the a.m. 
Studies show that just five minutes of quiet, mind-emptying meditation can icrease energy, reduced stress and improve attention span and the ability to make executive decisions. Not sure how to start? Check out this cheat sheet.

Make a list of THREE good things that happened in your day
This can be anything, like a compliment from your boss or that really great kale Caesar you ate for lunch. Acknowledging the positive aspects of your life makes you realize how much you have and, in turn, increases personal satisfaction.

Extend ONE act of kindness to someone else
Treat your stress-ball colleague to a cappuccino, or text “I love you” to your sister. You don’t have to perform Mother Teresa-like acts of saintliness to know that a quiet, simple gesture can put a smile on someone’s face--and on your own as well.

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