Training Your Brain Into Being Happy: Tips From the Happy Wanderer
- 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.
- 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.
- Keep a gratitude journal. Simply writing down what you’re thankful for makes you healthier and more optimistic. (Daily Gratitudes like Seasweetie)
- 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.)
- 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).
- Help others. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, hospital, or shelter. Giving back adds more meaning which is essential to happiness in your life.
- 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)