Want to feel happier? Think fast.
Give yourself permission to engage your brain in what you do most quickly and with the most ease.
Whatever that thing is, chances are, it makes you happy.
An article in Scientific American talks about types of fast thinking. The authors contrast fast, varied thinking with fast, repetitive thinking. Going with the more varied approach makes people happier than with the repetitive approach (this kind of repetitive thinking is associated with obsessive compulsion).
According to the article,
Results suggested that thinking fast made participants feel more elated, creative and, to a lesser degree, energetic and powerful.
Activities that promote fast thinking, then, such as whipping through an easy crossword puzzle or brain-storming quickly about an idea, can boost energy and mood, says psychologist Emily Pronin, the study’s lead author.
To read the full article about the benefits of fast thinking, head over to Rapid Thinking Makes People Happy
So the next time you’re feeling a bit blue, just think fast. Or play a game of blitz chess with a friend.
Similar pleasure can be experienced by listening to music with a fast tempo. While studies don’t reach a consensus as to whether listening to music while you work makes you more or less productive, listening to music with a high number of beats per minute will certainly make you feel energize, and likely put you in a good mood, too.
That’s because it helps you to engage your brain on a different level, just like it does when you think fast.