How To Become Happy Right Now

How To Become Happy Right Now – Dr. Sandy Nelson

 

What do you do that sustains happiness in your life? How do you maintain a level of happiness every day? If you find it difficult to find and keep happiness alive, you may benefit from this post.

Happiness can seem elusive, but you don’t need to sift through clues outside of yourself for its existence. Just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, using the power within yourself is how you can become happy right now.

Use these tested strategies to guide you:

1. Be thankful.

Take 60 seconds and make a mental list of what you appreciate in your life at this moment, especially if you’re enduring difficult times. For continued happiness, practice gratitude daily. A bad mood can improve quickly just by completing a simple gratitude list.

thanksIf you have trouble recognizing what you could be thankful for, stop and think how would your life be different without access to electronics, books, a bed, running water, electricity, heat/AC, food, appliances, a sofa, indoor plumbing, the roof over your head, your transportation, health, the ability to read and write, law enforcement, doctors, nurses, teachers, firefighters, and a government that provides you with human rights.

 

2. Let it go, immediately.

Happiness and resentment can’t coexist. So release the prisoners bound in your mental prison whom you have pledged to never forgive. Your forgiveness doesn’t free those individuals from transgressions. Forgiveness frees you. Otherwise, those who harmed you will continue to hurt and destroy you every day. You could become a bitter, unhappy person consumed with grudges and hate.

 

3. Take a two-minute mental vacation.

Close your eyes and picture a scene or a landscape that is peaceful and inspiring CHO98UqVAAADzECto you. See yourself there. See yourself tranquil in this vision. Take it all in for two minutes. A visualization exercise like this has a calming impact and calibrates happiness.

Visualization means recreating an image in your mind surrounding an activity in order to practice a perfect environment. It works, too!

 

4. Sweep negative thoughts out of your mind.

The consequences of negative thinking appear to be widely known. It disturbs your mental and physical health. It creates tension and stress. It blocks your ability to focus clearly and it blocks happiness.

A good base of optimism is necessary to succeed in today’s often stoic world. If the current CEOs of companies were negative thinkers, their company would end up in the toilet. To think positive is to address problems with a can-do attitude to target solutions.

 

5.  Let go of the Perfection Delusion

Life is so much happier when you come to terms with your flaws and limitations and stop raging war on yourself for failing to meet a unrealistic standard. Your 10433864_10153254889623908_6471637140694356733_nhuman nature includes the inability to achieve perfection.

As human beings, errors are unavoidable. Accept that you will make mistakes, unintentionally, of course. And usually, you will feel regret when those mistakes occur. Take responsibility and make amends and corrections as soon as possible.

 

Here’s additional motivation in the words of Christian D. Larson in Your Forces and How to Use Them

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something good in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

10349980_10152917879477743_1204698828966865720_nTo think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds. To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

 

Think about it.

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Your Mind Can Make You Sick

Your Mind Can Make You Sick

 

Our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes impact the way our bodies function physically.

It can be a bit unsettling to explore how our minds can make us sick. But learning more about the mind-body connection can provide information that makes us smarter about our healthcare.

The health relationship between our mind and our body is not a new phenomenon. In the early 1800s American author Henry David Thoreau wrote:

But what is quackery? It is commonly an attempt to cure the diseases of a man by addressing his body alone.

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Worry or anxiety can make us sick. It can contribute to high blood pressure and stomach disorders. Heart disease is influenced by anger. Even cancer can have a beginning that originated with emotional distress.

Ignoring our mental health can have the same consequences as neglecting our physical health.

There are conclusive clinical studies that show connections between our emotions and our physical health. Researchers believe that 50 percent of people who see their physician have physical symptoms directly caused by their emotions. Some researchers think that amount is as high as 90 percent.

There’s a scientific reason why feelings impact physical health and make us sick.

Different parts of the brain are associated with specific emotions, and they are connected to certain hormone patterns. The release of hormones affects our bodies. When a person is aggressive and anxious, too much nor-epinephrine and epinephrine is released into the body, even while the person appears to be relaxed. This can result in feeling sick.

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Experts are convinced that a person with prolonged anger will experience negative changes in blood chemistry. The arteries thicken, and an excess of hormones cause blood vessel muscles to constrict which raises blood pressure and narrows the arteries. This can result in chronic hypertension, stroke, or heart failure.

Many studies conducted have shown that cancer-prone persons tend to hide, ignore, or deny their feelings—especially anger, resentment, and depression.

They also determined that three specific emotional characteristics predispose a person to developing cancer: a perceived lack of closeness with one or both parent’s, responding to stress with a sense of hopelessness, and bottling up emotions or having no emotional outlets. Hiding, ignoring, or denying emotions has been linked so closely with cancer proneness that many researchers are now considering it a valid risk factor for cancer.

Cancer survivor and author Kris Carr wrote: If you don’t think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. 

Do you dismiss the importance of dealing with emotional stuff? Understandably most people want to forget about past hurts, disappointments, and even some childhood memories.

But it would seem that your body remembers it if you fail to resolve it mindfully. If you don’t address it, your body will express it. There’s a strong probability you will become sick.

Whatever you have been avoiding emotionally, deal with it today for a healthier tomorrow.

For more details about the latest scientific proof that attitudes and emotions do indeed affect physical health, read Mind/Body Health: The Effects of Attitudes, Emotions, and Relationships by authors B. Hafen, K. Karren, K. Frandsen and N. Smith.

Think about it.

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