CHAPTER 9

Boosting positive feelings

To really get the better of troublesome emotions like anxiety, we need to use a two-pronged strategy.

The first approach is relatively straightforward: we tackle our anxious thoughts directly, using the techniques we’ve set out in previous chapters. The second is a little more devious. This time, we reduce our negative feelings by increasing our positive feelings. We weaken our anxiety by boosting our happiness. In this chapter we’re going to show you how.

FIVE A DAY FOR HAPPINESS

How can we improve our mental health? How can we raise our level of well-being? And how can we stop psychological problems such as anxiety taking root?

Those were the questions the UK government put to more than 400 experts in ...

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