“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness,” says Jonathan Safran Foer in “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” That’s just one of the gems of wisdom in Lee Crutchley’s new book, “How To Be Happy (Or At Least Less Sad),” which comes out May 5.

The book is full of little activities based on proven science to lift your mood and explanations are sprinkled throughout the book so you know the reasoning behind them. Here, we excerpt some of the activities from the book. Try them and transform your day.

What event on the horizon is making you anxious?


Sum up why in one sentence.

What’s the worst thing that could happen?

And the best?

What about something between the best and the worst?

Come back after the event --- what actually happened?

Which answer was closest to the reality?

List the things you think will make you happier.

List everything you know that makes you happier.

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