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5 super-quick ways to be happier right now


Oct. 3, 2014 Toronto Sun

It seems that legendary comedian Phyllis Diller was on to something when she said that a smile is a curve that sets everything straight. An increasing number of experts, from motivational speakers to registered psychologists, want to straighten out the masses through the power of a smile.

Thomas Flindt is one of them. The Danish “laughter guru” and author of the book “Happy Lemons” spends his life teaching big businesses how to be more productive through the simple acts of smiling and laughing. (It’s no surprise that Flindt is from Denmark, a country that’s consistently ranked as one of the happiest in the world.)

He stresses that the physical act of laughter – pushing deep into your diaphragm – easily allows you to surrender to the moment.

“It’s like seeing the moment just as it is,” Flindt says. “Believing that something in the future will make you happy – a better job, a relationship, a new home – you’re not allowing yourself to be happy in the present.”

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