Did you know that most people prefer Fridays to Sundays? The research behind it is that the promise of the upcoming weekend is more delightful than a day of often-wistful rest—clearly, anticipation in a powerful thing.
To harbor that positive thinking, Christine Carter, Ph.D., a sociologist at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents, recommends keeping a big family calendar of all the fun activities the future holds—even little things, like trips to Grandma’s or a family movie night. That way, rather than overwhelming your schedule with obligations, you’ll have a visual of upcoming good times, too.
Learn more about the psychology of happiness.