Happy Habit 1: Just Have a Pint with a Friend:
We’re going to be looking at many different ways to be happy in this article. Come of the technique’s we’ll be looking at are spiritual, others psychological, some health based, but let’s start off with an easy one: having a pint with a friend.
Happiness doesn’t have to be about some spiritual quest or some divine truth. Happiness, for a great many people, is simply chilling out with friends and having a pint. And honestly, what the heck is wrong with that? Friends rock, we think. Let’s face it, when you’re down it’s your friends who are there. When you’re self pitying it’s your friends who tell you to shut the hell up and get over it. Friends are awesome. Obviously, the pint bit is optional, but heck, who doesn’t love a good pint?
Obviously, you don’t have to have a pint; just socialise, get out and talk to people. Loneliness is one of the leading causes of depression. To discover more click the LEARN MORE button.
Happy Habit 9: Meditate
If chilling out with friends isn’t helping you to find happiness, then maybe you need to relax by yourself. The absolute best way of relaxing while alone is by meditating. When you meditate you focus and calm our mind, creating serenity and a deep sense of inner peace. You don’t have to “Om,” either—though you can if you want to; don’t let us stop you. The most basic form of meditation is simply sitting there with your eyes closed and focussing your mind on your breathing; easy as pie.
Happy Habit 8: Indulge in Yummy Food
Good food can pick you up when you’re down. Personally, for the total yum-sensation I recommend cooking yourself. Or you can have it the easy way and go out. Either way, however, if you want to find happiness through food, make sure you a) pick something that is both flavourful (note that flavourful does not necessarily mean fattening) and colourful (so as to stimulate your eyes and mind).
Happy Habit 7: Exercise
All forms of exercise will release endorphins, the “Happy chemical,” and therefore will help to get you feeling good about life. Perhaps the best exercise to do when feeling down, however, is exercise that gets you out in the open. Try walking, running, cycling or, if you’re lucky enough to live near water, try swimming. Whichever exercise you do, get out in the open and start sweating. You’ll feel good in no time!
Happy Habit 6: Sing
Singing is excellent exercise for mind and body. When you sing you encourage your body to take in more oxygen, which is good for both your body and your brain. The increased oxygen also helps your muscles to relax and release any tension. Singing also focuses your mind on pleasant sounds which, similar to meditating, calms and centres the mind. This helps to eliminate stress and promote happiness. That must be why choral singing is the most popular of all arts practices in the United States.
Happy Habit 5: Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the practice of focussing on the present moment, or “present moment mindedness.” Many people suffer from a lack of mindfulness; they are not focussed on the moment but instead are focussed on their thoughts. Focussing on your thoughts creates stress and mental tension. Conversely, when we focus on external reality, we let go of our thoughts, let go of stress and create relaxation and happiness.
Happy Habit 4: Accept Yourself
Self acceptance is a very important trait. As Buddha said, “No one deserve your love and compassion more than you yourself do.” It’s worth reading that line a few times, for it is very true. If we are to be happy with ourselves, we must love ourselves. Of course, I mean love not in the narcissistic way but in the supportive, nurturing way. We must understand and accept our human weaknesses, just as we understand and accept our human strengths.
Happy Habit 3: Compassion for Others
When we are angry, whether towards other people or ourselves, the adrenal glands release stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, the brain moves blood from the gut towards the muscles as we enter “flight or fight mode,” heart rate increases along with blood pressure and respiration, and body temperate rises. Calmness acts oppositely, promoting healthy heart rate, healthy blood pressure and healthy respiration, and helping control the release of cortisol and adrenaline. By practicing compassion and love, we thus help promote and maintain health.
Happy Habit 2: Breathe
Good breathing is good living. When we breathe deeply we give our body and mind a chance to relax, helping to release both physical and metal stress and to promote relaxation and happiness. There are many deep breathing exercises that are wonderful at promoting happiness. One of the best is the Buddhist technique “Nine Round Breathing.” In this technique, one nostril is covered for nine inhalations and exhalations. This nostril is then opened and the opposite nostril closed for the next nine inhalations and exhalations, before beginning again and repeating the process.
Happy Habit 1: Enough is Enough
The biggest mistake we make in this day and age is not knowing when to call enough enough. Whether we’re workaholics who just can’t help but stay up late at night; or whether we simply watch TV or play games too much; most of us have at least one thing that we need to limit. We need to know when enough is enough. We need to be willing to put the brakes on whatever it is, to do something different, to go out or, if we already go out too much, to stay in. We need to be our own best friend.
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