Happiness is a skill that can be learned. To acquire this skill, it is necessary to master two basic skills:
1) The ability to focus on happiness-producing thoughts, as opposed to those which cause unhappiness.
2) The ability to evaluate events and situations as positive instead of negative. (Or at least to lower the degree of negativity - i.e. rather than considering some discomfort as a tragedy, evaluating it as minor.)
(see Gateway to Happiness, p.48)
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