Training Your Brain Into Being Happy: Tips From the Happy Wanderer

  1. Talk nicely to yourself. Is your inner voice quick to snap out things like, “How could you forget that, you idiot?” Trade put-downs for encouraging words; they set you up for success.
  2. Connect. Talk — really talk — to people you care about; you’ll both benefit by connecting. Get physical, too; hugs stimulate oxytocin, the “cuddle hormone,” spreading a feel-good boost. Lovemaking does, too, in steady relationships (those couples report the highest happiness levels.
  3. Keep a gratitude journal. Simply writing down what you’re thankful for makes you healthier and more optimistic. (Daily Gratitudes like Seasweetie)
  4. Don’t sit around like a lump. Physical activity is a significant happiness booster. Get moving for 30 minutes a day — you’ll also make your RealAge more than 7 years younger. (Try one of my Boot Camp Workouts.)
  5.  Meditate. We do. It eases stress, improves sleep, strengthens immunity, and measurably increases happiness (in one study, by 20 points on a scale of 100).
  6. Help others. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, hospital, or shelter. Giving back adds more meaning which is essential to happiness in your life.
  7.  Get outside. Spending time with awesome Mother Nature makes you feel alert, enthusiastic, energetic, and, simply happy. (Take a walk in the Bogs of Ohio with Robin.)                                                                             (Compliments of www.http://Real Age.com)

9. Skip down a path in the woods like The Happy Wanderer!

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12 thoughts on “Training Your Brain Into Being Happy: Tips From the Happy Wanderer

  1. Excellent tips, especially the gratitude journal and finding balance in nature. We all need such reminders. I would add that it helps to find ways to laugh–with others, at the absurdity of life, whatever.

  2. I had a ‘Success’ class for school and they talked about the importatance of positive thinking!! Positive thoughts bring about positive actions, not only from yourself but from the others around you!! I love this post 🙂

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