Next time you find yourself feeling down, pick one of these ideas and go for it. Odds are good you'll reap the benefits immediately with an increase in your happiness level regardless of the weather.
It seems that we are both the givers and the takers; it's only until we tip the scales of justice that we truly see who is the true giver of us all...
In my opinion, being happy is not easy or hard and shouldn't be viewed with a pass/fail mindset. It's an emotional state that you can develop and incorporate into your daily life... but it doesn't just happen.
Whether it is something I've chosen or it has chosen me, my life is filled with great purpose and meaning. With every breath I am given, I will always seek to share good, show love, and reflect the beauty that is life.
For all of the pomp and circumstance a wedding ushers in at the beginning of married life, the conclusion of that same marriage comes completely unadorned. There is no ceremony, no witnesses, no one holding your hand to escort you to your new life.
I work as a psychologist in a small Alaskan town where winters are long and many people, including myself, experience the winter blues. With my clients and in my own life, I use and recommend the following six strategies for increasing well-being year-round.
When you walk into a room at work are people naturally drawn to you? When you sit at a meeting table do others ask to hear your thoughts? When there's a decision to be made do people seek our your ideas?
I obviously love my child, but I love being a complete version of me, and sometimes that means looking after myself before I look after him.
The secret to communicating -- and more importantly, connecting, is to open your heart up more. Be open to being vulnerable.
Think of your health like a savings account. Are you saving for a rainy day? There's so much we can do right now to contribute to our future wellbeing and longevity. Ask yourself these questions to get on track for a long, happy, healthy life.
One of the tricks to manifesting what we want in life is to create a small set of daily rituals, or success habits, that not only help us feel great in our day-to-day but will also help us align with a higher vibrational energy so that we become magnetic to what we desire.
I sat on the beach, alone, halfway through my trip, watching the sunset, writing in my journal and all that kept going through my head was this: Do more of what makes you happy.
photo credit Susanne Menge Early last year I watched Arianna Huffington on stage in San Francisco, cried through her entire talk and said inside, "...
So far, I've engaged my guitar as "musical medicine" several times, and, despite the unhappiness of seeing sick children, there is joy in the experience -- for the giver and the getter. I want to turn this hobby into a habit.
We listen to our stomach when it tells us we are hungry, and we eat. We listen to our body when it tells us we are tired, and we make a point to rest ...
Sometimes, fate needs to knock you right over to get you to pay attention. That's what it took for me to be mindful.
The first computers were free-standing machines. Later, we learned how to hook them up and the result was an enormous increase in computing power. A parallel shift in our notion of selfhood is called for. The current default self, subscribed to by most people most of the time, is a stand-alone model. The new default self, to be posited in this essay, is more like a computer network.
Feeling uncomfortable doesn't mean you're doing life wrong, and investigating your discomfort won't kill you. It'll do quite the opposite, actually -- it'll let you fully live.
There was something quite relieving about being there -- I could be my true authentic self. After all the personal development and discovery that I've done over the past few years, this felt like it all came together in this one place and made sense.
Every winter could use a blizzard. Not for the lines for groceries or the hard commutes and cold weather faced by those outside, but as a reminder of our priorities.