4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience, (and me)!

September 24th, 2015 - 10:10 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Being Happy Lovers…While I was reading the basset hound wires this morning – searching for all things basset, as you do on the second day of fall, I ran across this article from TIME Magazine.  It was so interesting that I thought I would share it with the residents.  Of course, after reading it I added a 5th ritual.  It does not take a neuroscientist to figure that one out!  LOL

Here are the 4 rituals…

1.) Ask a question

2.) Label emotions

3.) Make decisions

4.) Give hugs

I have linked you to the original article that TIME picked up on.  It is from a place called Barking Up The Wrong Tree.  If you go to TIME you are bombarded with advertising and that will not make you happy!


“Everything is interconnected. Gratitude improves sleep. Sleep reduces pain. Reduced pain improves your mood. Improved mood reduces anxiety, which improves focus and planning. Focus and planning help with decision making. Decision making further reduces anxiety and improves enjoyment. Enjoyment gives you more to be grateful for, which keeps that loop of the upward spiral going. Enjoyment also makes it more likely you’ll exercise and be social, which, in turn, will make you happier.”

I thought the above paragraph was a phenomenal way to sum up the study.

I also think that a major link to happiness is passion.

So, being the expert that I am, I would like to add to the list of rituals…

5.) Know your passion and if you are like me, that would be dogs.

I have elaborated on that form of happiness via this blog for a decade.

I can firmly confirm that passion makes you happy!


My nephew wants to be a neuroscientist.  I find this work fascinating.  I am sure he will find years of passion.

More loving happiness later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB providing tons of happiness…)




  1. karen mcdonough
    September 25th, 2015 | 11:33 am

    Cat!! What a WONDERFUL article this is!!
    It really teaches you a LOT!! I’m gonna share it with everyone I know!! NO more downward spiral here, just a bunch of happy people high on life, as it should be!!

  2. Marsie
    September 27th, 2015 | 12:25 pm

    You are very wise. Thank you for sharing… xoxo

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