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WHAT DOES HAPPINESS MEAN TO YOU?
Today’s exercise is to meditate on this and see if you can gently unearth some ways you might be unconsciously holding yourself back from a fuller, happier life.
Today, your exercise is to make sure you’re giving your brain the right physiological support it needs to be happy. Make sure you sleep well, minimize stress, eat a bal- anced diet high in nutrients and see how you can increase the feel good hormones on a daily base. How can you be sure you’re feeding your brain?
Write down the things that bring you joy? What inspires you?
What saps your energy
Today’s exercise is to make it through the day without complaining! Make a game of it and ask a friend to help you and do the same. If you catch yourself about to do it, challenge yourself by asking: Is it really that bad or am I exaggerating? What can I do to make this situation better? Is there something good in this moment that I am failing to notice?
Things you are grateful for?
Today’s exercise is to think of 3 things you can do right now that will support and nourish this marvelous thing called your body. This could be anything #selfcare
1. What habits, thought patterns or old cycles do you notice in yourself that are not serving you or getting in the way of something better? 2. Do you love yourself? Not in the sense that you buy yourself a chocolate once in a while and go for a monthly pedicure, but in the sense that you be- lieve, fundamentally, that you are a good and lovable person? 3. What new habits and lifestyle choices would you like to start incorporating into your daily life? 4. What are you doing every day to support your happiness? What are you doing everyday to undermine your own sense of peace? 5. If your inner dialogue was broadcast onto a radio station, what kind of sta- tion would that be?
Today’s exercise: if someone has been bothering you lately, or there is some unre- solved issue with someone else, take a moment to ask how much of it is really your business, and whether you’re maybe taking on more than you’re really responsible for.
Take a quick look at the immediate space you’re in. Right now. How does it make you feel? Bored? Irritated? Calm and safe? With a low level of panic? Indifferent? Maybe you have a pile of clutter that you walk past every day that brings your spirit down a little just to look at it. Maybe the color of your walls is depressing you. Maybe you need more plants or natural sunlight in to make your little “nest” feel more homely and welcoming.
Bring up any old resentments that you have and see if something is holding you back from letting them go?
A good way to nurture happiness in your life is to get in touch with your inner child. Laugh, explore, have fun, make things into a game, let go of overly serious things and be a little mischievous. When you were young, the world seemed like the most enormous, most endlessly fascinating playground. After decades of obli- gation and disappointments and social conditioning, that spirit got a little squashed. But it’s still there! Today, do whatever the hell you want. The world is still as interesting and fun as it was when you were a child. There are no “have tos” today, only play.
Take a moment to be aware. Are you holding stress in your body, are you inward or outward? Are you stressed?
Ask for help. Too often we want to help others, but are afraid to ask for help ourselves. How can you let someone help you today?
Today, ask yourself again how you are faring in your goal to become happier and more content. If you find snags and places where you’re still resistant or still have work to do, then have a closer look. Decide on a course of action to loosen up stuck points and get going again.
What makes you uniquely you? Are you afraid to express you?
Today, devote some thought to how to deal with life events like setbacks, mistakes and challenges. The thing about having a worldview is that you’re tricked into thinking that it’s reality. But it’s not, it’s just one of many possible pictures of reality. A worldview is helpful if it stimulates you to be better, and helps you navigate the world and constantly seek out good things. A worldview is less useful if it stunts your actions, makes you unhappy or convinces you of “truths” that just aren’t true.
Can you tell the difference between a good thought and a bad thought? Start being more aware of your thoughts and how they control you.
Challenge your beliefs Take any belief you have and ask: 1. Is it true? (Yes or no. If no, move to 3) 2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true? (Yes or no) 3. How do you react, how do you feel, what happens when you believe that thought? 4. Who would you be without the thought?
Be mindful of then your mind wonders. Are you looking at something on the computer, but notice your mind is somewhere else?
Happiness is letting go….. Make a list of things that you are letting go of to become more happy!