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By Robert Holden, PhD

Your happiness is a gift. It is a gift to your friends, partner, family and children. Happiness studies prove that happiness is more than just a pleasurable emotion that makes you feel good; it has essential properties that bring out the best in you and that also help you to be genuinely friendly, loving, forgiving, altruistic and kind.  Happiness is good for you, and it's good for everyone else too.

Since 1994, I have run an eight-week happiness program called Be Happy. It has been tested by independent psychologists and scientists, who have described the program as "a genuine fast track to happiness" that "not only changes your life but also changes the way your brain functions," thus allowing for long-lasting benefits and improvement.

I have created an eight-day mini version of the Be Happy program. I have selected eight exercises for you, one for each day, to be completed over eight consecutive days. I recommend that you give each exercise at least 15 minutes a day. If possible, do this program with a buddy, as this will give you a chance to get into some rich conversations and also offer you extra support.

Start your 8-day happiness course right now!