Making joy a goal may not be the best idea. According to a study in the journal Emotion, women who place a high premium on happiness tend to be more depressed, perhaps because they feel disappointed with their failure to meet their high standards.
Some of us are born smiling; most of us have to work at it. This may take learning some new techniques and unlearning some old mental habit--but the joyful news from the frontiers of science and psychology is that mood is malleable and happiness is yours for the choosing.
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