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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Be Happy Today - It's Up to You

One of my friends from school was always happy and smiling, nothing seemed to get her down. Not one person had a bad thing to say about her and I wondered what her secret was. Were some people just born that way? That's a possibility, but evidence seems to prove otherwise. Studies suggest that being happy is all in your head, so if you think positive the world will reciprocate with good karma.

Don't let the little annoying things bother you. If someone cuts you off on the road when you're driving, just smile and wave. Don't try to be someone or something you're not just to please others. Down play your weaknesses and play up your strengths by building on the compliments you receive from others. You cannot satisfy everyone and not everyone you run across will be your biggest fan, but that's OK. It is important not to over analyze negative comments made by others. By dwelling on past mistakes we create poisonous self talk in the snowball effect which can negatively impact every part of our life. Make an honest attempt to correct whatever you did wrong and refocus your energy on more positive things.

Get away from things that cause only short term happiness like shopping. Buying that new outfit may get you instant gratification but you are bound to feel guilty later on. Those who say making a ton of money is the most important thing in life, are more likely to be depressed and anxious.

Make a decision and don't second guess yourself. You will never be truly happy if you think the grass is always greener. People with too many options are constantly looking for the next best thing whether it's a spouse, a job, or new tech gadget. This leads to more stress and more discontentments with life, in general.

Surround yourself with close friends and family. They are what give us a purpose and bring us the most genuine joy. Eliminate those people who make you feel bad when you are around them.

Try not to write everyone off who rubs you the wrong because social isolation can be as damaging as second hand smoke. Develop interests and hobbies of your own, outside from work.

Try writing down a list of the things that interest you to get some ideas and join an activity group.

Write down a few things each day that you are grateful for instead of focusing on what you don't have. We all know exercise is beneficial to both our mental and physical health. Even just 10-20 of conservative exercise can boost serotonin levels that fight fatigue and improve your mood.

Being happy to me means being content with your current life situation and if you're unhappy with yours you can change it by thinking positive.