10 More Ways to Boost Your Happiness (Part 3 of 3)
In this blog series I share some of the ways I boost my happiness no matter the situation or circumstance. Try these out over the next several days and see what happens. Click here to read Part 1 (#’s 1-10). Click here to read Part 2 (#’s 11-20).
21. Detach – In the end, this life is one big experience and nothing from this world will go with us to the next. If attachment causes some suffering, remember this and let go. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” - Lao Tzu
22. Love thyself – Do what is “best” for yourself, this means listening to your higher voice within. Always think about the long-term results over the short-term ones. Also, this is the only way to know if your love is right love. By being both the giver and receiver simultaneously, you can know the intention backing the love and see if you ultimately get the desired result of that intended love (which is goodness). “Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.” – Rene Descartes
23. Eat right – It may sound cliché, but we are what we eat, so we must be diligent in this area. While many people have known this forever (it seems like), more and more conventional doctors and scientists are coming to grips with the fact that what and how we eat is at the root of health and wellness. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates. “Health is the greatest of all possessions; a pale cobbler is better than a sick king.” – Isaac Bickerstaff
24. Practice yoga – Yoga was developed by humans many thousands of years ago. There’s a reason this practice is still around. For one, when you think about the fitness craze, the power and importance of meditation, and the positive effect of deep breathing, yoga’s efficiency HAS to be hailed. Yoga incorporates muscle strengthening and lengthening (for flexibility), deep breathing (for calmness), meditation and concentration (for awareness and focus), and sweating (for detoxification) all-in-one, just to name a few. “Yoga is the journey of the self to the self through the self.” – Unknown. “I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my soul.” – Rumi. “Yoga is 99% practice and 1% knowledge.” Pattabhi Jois
25. Minimize stress – Stress is a killer in our society. While stress in the mind interferes with creativity, focus, and concentration, it also manifests in the physical body as some ailment or disease. Memorize the Serenity Prayer and meditate on its meaning from time to time, you will not regret it. “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James
26. Be optimistic – To look on the bright side of things is energizing, versus the doom and gloom outlook which tends to depress our energy and deplete our energy reserves. “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi
27. Save money – There is a confidence that comes with building a nest egg for rainy days or financial hardships. Without this safety net, we may lose out on opportunities that require an initial investment, OR we have a fear or anxiety about job-loss. “Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin
28. Invest in experiences over things – Things are outside us, and where they effect happiness, that happiness is short-lived. Experiences are internal and stay with us. “You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” – Maya Angelou
29. Be creative – Einstein is quoted as saying “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Creativity is the highest faculty on Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised by Anderson and Krathwohl). When Napoleon Hill (author of Think & Grow Rich) and other notables in the realm of success philosophy say “think” they are saying to exercise your ability to create/generate new mental images rather than just remember old ones; and when you do remember old ones, synthesize them into new and better ideas that produce new and better results. Thoughts become things, so create the vision in your mind’s eye of what you desire most. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams
30. Give give give! – This may come as a shock, but giving to others and making them feel happy has the effect of making the giver feel happy. Turns out, giving is secretly selfish. So much for altruism. J “If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” – Unknown. “You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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