Train Yourself To Be Happy: 4 Coachable Parts of Your Mental Health
A new framework suggests that mental well-being can be cultivated through practice in daily life— essentially training our brains to be happy.

The four aspects of mental well-being the researchers focus on in their framework include:1

  • Awareness
  • Connection
  • Insight
  • Purpose

“It describes awareness, connection, insight, and purpose in terms of skills that we can practice in some form every day," Christine D. Wilson-Mendenhall, PhD, one of the study's authors and associate scientist at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, tells Verywell. "When we think about mental health, we often think about therapy. This framework broadens the conversation, to include what is more like the 'eat your fruits and vegetables' of mental health. We can develop mental habits that help us feel well, and that help us to be more resilient when life is harder when we inevitably experience stress and loss.”