Wednesday, March 2, 2016

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy

1. The most important question to ask when you feel down: "Why?"

Guilt, shame, and worry are horrible long-term solutions. Instead ask "What am I grateful for?" Gratitude works better than many anti-depressants!

2. Label negative feelings
You feel awful. Okay, give that awfulness a name. Sad? Anxious? Angry? Don't suppress…EXPRESS! Meditation has employed this for centuries. Labeling is a fundamental tool of mindfulness.

3. Make that decision
Brain science shows that making decisions reduces worry and anxiety — as well as helping you solve problems.

4. Touch Someone!
One of the primary ways to release oxytocin is through touching. Touching someone you love actually reduces pain. Research shows getting five hugs a day for four weeks increases happiness big time.

(Excerpts from The Week)