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10 steps to happiness

10 steps to happiness (thanks to The Mind Unleashed)

  1. Exercise – move your body! Research suggests that as little as 7 minutes may be enough to reduce depression, improve body image, stimulate your brain and release endorphins (the brain chemicals that make you feel good).
  2. Get more sleep – sleep deprived people pick up and recall more negative and less positive emotions than those who are sleep replete.
  3. Move closer to work – (is it possible to be any closer to work in Broome??). Researchers looking at the negative impact of a long commute to work found that even if you had a lovely big house with an amazing view, these factors did not make up for the stress of a long commute. I suggest walking or riding a bicycle to work. Rather than concentrating on not being killed or not killing a scooter rider, this time can be used to map your day in your mind in a positive way, practice gratitude (see #10) and get fitter (see #1).
  4. Spend time with loved ones including pets!! – A researcher carrying out a 72 year study of the lives of almost 300 men, when questioned about the results of his study was quoted to say “That the only thing that really matters in life are your relationships to other people.”
  5. Get outdoors – people are invariably most comfortable when amongst nature as opposed to being inside or in an urban environment
  6. Helping others – They say that spending time or money on someone else aside from yourself gives you more pleasure than spending it on yourself. You could even say that it’s selfish to be unselfish, as you reap the rewards of giving your time and money to someone else. Donate to a charity – whether it is your money or time – there are so many people, animals and sectors of our environment that need our help. Buy gifts for your loved ones. Gifting people can really make you feel amazing!
  7. Practice smiling – but you need to use your eyes too. Fake smiling can improve your perception of the world, but if practiced over a long period of time can actually make you feel more grumpy and withdrawn. When you smile with your whole face, your mood is elevated, pain reduced and people feel more connected to you. Try this: smile while you are exercising; running, the gym, walking, cross-fit, boxing – give a couple of smiles and see how it changes your relationship to exercise in a positive way.
  8. Plan a trip – but don’t take one. Anticipation of a holiday actually provides more happiness than the vacation itself. Take a holiday in your brain!
  9. Meditation – improved your brain circuitry for happiness – permanently. Obviously you need to practice regularly and for a period of time before the brain starts to require itself for happiness. Research suggests 10 months is the magic number when it comes to making the brain learn a new trick without having to keep reminding it. So set a date, meditate daily and expect a happier you by 10 months from then.
  10. Practice gratitude – this one has to be the biggest and most important for me. Being actively grateful for what we have means that we cannot be focussing on what we don’t have. When we are grateful we attract more of what we enjoy in our lives into our lives. Get a gratitude journal, make it a daily ritual, tell someone how grateful you are. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just do it and watch the positive impact it has on your life.
2016-10-25T06:39:06+00:00

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