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Hello and a very happy Monday to you all. It is time to share this month's Motivational Monday passage. I have also included this reflection as part of the midway post over on my Path of Positivity challenge blog where the theme this month is HAPPINESS. So, if you are in the habit of checking in over there as well, you'll be able to skip the top half of that post. On with today's thoughts...
"Clap along if you know what happiness is to you"What makes you happy? Do you have it figured out or is it something that shifts with the times? Or, is happiness still one of those elusive feelings for you? There is a catchy tune out on the airwaves right now called "Happy" by Pharell Williams. It keeps getting stuck in my head and rightly so. The song just makes me happy! This song makes me want to snap my fingers and sway to the music. Wouldn't it be great if you could just snap your fingers and instantly be happy? For some individuals, being happy doesn't come easy. Whether it is the by product of mental illness or just having to live through difficult times in general, there are many people who aren't happy in their lives. Now while the pursuit of happiness can be a difficult journey, there are things that you can do right now to feel happier.
Raise Your Activity LevelMost of us hate it but studies have proven that exercise has a remarkable effect on our happiness and can indeed help to lift the effects of depression (to read more about one study in particular, click HERE). However, you don't have to be depressed to benefit from exercise. The fact alone that it can help one to de-stress and relax are definite steps to feeling happier. So get up right now and move a little bit. Actually, there are many simple exercises you can do right at your desk, if you are unable to get up. A little activity goes a long way and helps you to focus on your body and get out of your head allowing you to re-centre yourself and bring on the good cheer. So, it is time to get those muscles moving. How about doing your happy dance? That is sure to do the trick!
Think of Someone You LoveAn almost instant way to feel happier is to think about someone you love. Revel in the memories that you have created with this person or fantasize about ones yet to come and you are sure to get a boost of happy chemicals swimming through your brain.
Spend Time with Family and FriendsAn even better way to feel happy is to actually find more time to be with those you love. Social time with family and friends is very important for helping to improve our happiness, even for introverts like myself. Many studies have shown that the time we spend with friends and family makes a huge difference to how happy we feel in general. The biggest regrets that people have when facing the end of their life is that they did not spend as much time as they should have with their loved ones. Don't be one of those people. Reach out and connect to someone you love today.
Reach Out a Helping HandDid you know, that according to research, spending just 100 hours per year (or merely two hours a week) helping or giving to others can greatly enrich our lives? Whether it is spending money or time on someone other than ourselves, giving benefits the happy centres of our brains. Even reaching out and helping someone work through a problem or offering them a solution to a current predicament can make us feel better. Making someone else happy can make yourself happy; so be sure to put helping others on the top of your list, if happiness is your goal.
Of course there are tons more ideas for you to try to boost your happiness in life. These are just a few simple ones to get you started. For even more ideas you can check out the references listed below or for some really quick ideas check out, "45 Things You Can Do to Get Happy No Matter Where You Are" by clicking HERE. Then, if you are willing to spend a little bit more effort on achieving your goal of happiness, be sure to check out, "20 Hard Things You Need to Do to Be Happy" by clicking HERE. Once you figure you out the right combination of activities that can help you to be a happier individual, I hope to see you right there next to me, clapping along to the Happy song!
Author Unknown. (2013). 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Be Happier. Available: http://www.psychicsuniverse.com/gallery/mind-body/mind/meditation/10-things-you-can-do-right-now-be. Last accessed 14th June 2014.
Barker, Eric . (2014). Happy Thoughts: Here Are the Things Proven To Make You Happier. Available: http://time.com/49947/happy-thoughts-here-are-the-things-proven-to-make-you-happier/. Last accessed 14th June 2014.
Cooper, Belle Beth . (2013). 10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science. Available: http://blog.bufferapp.com/10-scientifically-proven-ways-to-make-yourself-happier. Last accessed 14th June 2014.
Rubin, Gretchen . (2014). 9 Things You Can Do to Be Happy in the Next 30 Minutes. Available: http://www.realsimple.com/health/mind-mood/emotional-health/things-can-happy-next-minutes-10000001809876/index.html. Last accessed 14th June 2014.
__________________________________________________________________________________Next up, that brings me to a couple of freebies. The first was offered up at the challenge start and the second was just offered up today for the midway...
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You will notice that the sentiments may appear huge depending on what software program you download it into. You can always reduce the size without distorting the overall look.
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I invite you to go and check out, not only, the wonderful creations some members of my Design Team had the opportunity to create over on the Path of Positivity (click HERE for the midway) but also some of the great entries into this month's challenge (click HERE for the challenge). I also invite you to come over and enter a project yourself, if you haven't already. Everyone could use a little extra happiness in their lives. Why not create a card that helps to deliver some to someone special in your life.
Well, that is it for today! Have a great week ahead everyone!
Until next time,