Positivity, Psychology, Fun
I think of myself as a pretty positive person. I rarely assume the worst or have a hard time finding the good in things. I have researched the art of happiness and found some great news for those who feel that positivity is difficult or not as easy for some. I watched "Happy" on Netflix and loved the extent of their research and results they found. Basically, 50% of your happiness is what you are born with. Once your basic needs are met reasonably your happiness level is up to you. You can change it! In my training from The Institute For Integrative Nutrition, there is a lot of importance placed on Self Care. Self Care is what you do for you. This is very important for positivity and happiness.
One lesson was adapted from www.authentichappiness.com that includes three exercises that will improve your mindset and your actions to find your happy place.
1-The first one is called Three Blessings. Before you go to bed, write down three good things that happened that day. If you work with me you have already heard my praises for keeping a journal, so why not just add this exercise to your journaling. After you write down *what those three things are write down *why they happened. This is a great practice for seeing and feeling all the things you are grateful for.
2-The second exercise is the Gratitude visit. I love this one! Think of someone who has done something very important for you. Even if you thanked them properly, why not thank them again? There are some really great ways to say Thank You, but one of my favorites is a written letter. I keep some blank cards and pretty stationary on hand that works perfectly for this. If you can give the letter to them in person - Do It!
3-The third exercise is to use your signature strength in new ways. Your signature strengths may include: Love, Hope, Humor, Creativity, Curiosity, Perspective, Bravery, Persistency, Integrity, Vitality, Leadership, Spirituality….. Brainstorm ways to use one or two strengths more deeply. Don't underestimate how much your actions and gifts mean to others. Giving is that greatest feeling. Don't believe me? Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHv6vTKD6lg "The Science of Happiness - An Experiment in Gratitude"
Go be happy!
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