Happiness: has been defined as feeling joyful, contented, with a sense of meaning in life…is this something you desire for 2016?
Here are practices that can anchor happiness to your life this coming year:
Start a “Gratitude” list on your phone or notepad.
Recording the “cool” parts of your day can increase positive emotions, boost your immune system and more. The awesome parts may include positive events, meaningful interactions, or special moments. By holding a focus on the good parts of your day (and life) you will banish your brain’s tendency to just call it another day.
End that negative self-talk
Have you ever noticed how you speak to yourself? Are you hearing criticism and judgment? Start listening to your inner voice and see if you can begin to be kinder to yourself. Self-compassion results in less anxiety and greater feeling of overall well-being.
Where are you? Be in the Moment
This means just being aware of what’s happening around you and within you – using all 5 senses.
The big benefit – your mind will stop obsessing over the past or worrying about the future when you practice this mindfulness. You will need to consciously make mindfulness a daily regular part of your life in order to curb your habitual wandering mind.
You can start by bringing mindfulness into daily tasks like showering, chopping vegetables, and eating. When you notice your mind wandering, bring it back to the present moment by paying attention to what you feel, hear, smell, see, and taste. You can enhance mindfulness through meditation. Just click the link below for a free Guided Meditation that I created and use to train your mind to return to the present moment. http://livingcalmer.com/stress-relief-offer
Compassion is your Magic Key
To improve an overall sense of well-being, each day: Help your neighbor, your colleague, your spouse, or your friends. Simple gestures like texting an encouraging note or listening without judgment can give your friends, and you, a boost.
Dance, sing, laugh! As often as you can.
Wishing you a very “Happy” New Year!