Sunday, July 28, 2013

22 Things Happy People Do Differently


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Waiting to be Happy!

    Many people spend their lives waiting to be happy.  You may think, “if
only I had more money,” or “could lose weight,” or you fill in the blank,
then I would be happy.

    Well here’s a secret: you can be happy right now. It’s not always easy,
but you can choose to be happy, and in the vast majority of circumstances
there’s no one who can stop you except for yourself.

    The truth is, happiness doesn’t come from wealth, perfect looks or even a
perfect relationship. Happiness comes from within. This is why, if you truly
want to be happy, you need to work on yourself, first.

22 Positive Habits of Happy People

    What’s the secret to being happy? You can learn how to do it, just as you
can learn any other skill. Those who are happy tend to follow a certain set
of habits that create peace in their lives; if you learn to apply these
habits in your own life, there’s a good chance you’ll be happy too.

    The featured article compiled 22 such behaviors that you can use to
enhance your life and your happiness:

    1. Let go of grudges

        Forgiving and forgetting is necessary for your own happiness, as
holding a grudge means you’re also holding onto resentment, anger, hurt and
other negative emotions that are standing in the way of your own happiness.
Letting go of a grudge frees you from negativity and allows more space for
positive emotions to fill in.

    2. Treat everyone with kindness

        Kindness is not only contagious, it’s also proven to make you
happier. When you’re kind to others, your brain produces feel-good hormones
and neurotransmitters like serotonin and you’re able to build strong
relationships with others, fostering positive feelings all around.

    3. Regard your problems as challenges

        Change your internal dialogue so that anytime you have a “problem”
you view it as a challenge or a new opportunity to change your life for the
better. Eliminate the word “problem” from your mind entirely.

    4. Express gratitude for what you have

        People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope
with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their
goals. The best way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a
gratitude journal or list, where you actively write down exactly what you’re
grateful for each day. Doing so has been linked to happier moods, greater
optimism and even better physical health.

    5. Dream big

        Go ahead and dream big, as you’ll be more likely to accomplish your
goals. Rather than limiting yourself, when you dream big you’re opening your
mind to a more optimistic, positive state where you have the power to achieve
virtually anything you desire.

    6. Don’t sweat the small stuff

        If the issue you’re mad about will be irrelevant a year, a month, a
week or even a day from now, why sweat it? Happy people know how to let
life’s daily irritations roll off their back.

    7. Speak well of others

        It may be tempting to gather around the office water cooler to get
and give the daily gossip, but talking negatively about others is like taking
a bath in negative emotions; your body soaks them up. Instead, make it a
point to only say positive, nice words about other people, and you’ll help
foster more positive thinking in your own life as well.

    8. Avoid making excuses

        It’s easy to blame others for your life’s failures, but doing so
means you’re unlikely to rise past them. Happy people take responsibility for
their mistakes and missteps, then use the failure as an opportunity to change
for the better.

    9. Live in the present

        Allow yourself to be immersed in whatever it is you’re doing right
now, and take time to really be in the present moment. Avoid replaying past
negative events in your head or worrying about the future; just savor what’s
going on in your life now.

    10. Wake up at the same time every morning

        Getting up at the same time every day (preferably an early time) is
deceptively simple. Doing so will help regulate your circadian rhythm so
you’ll have an easier time waking and likely feel more energized. Plus, the
habit of rising early every day is one shared by many successful people, as
it enhances your productivity and focus.

    11. Don’t compare yourself to others

        Your life is unique, so don’t measure your own worth by comparing
yourself to those around you. Even regarding yourself as better than your
peers is detrimental to your happiness, as you’re fostering judgmental
feelings and an unhealthy sense of superiority. Measure your own success
based on your progress alone, not that of others.

    12. Surround yourself with positive people

        The saying “misery loves company” is entirely true. That’s why you
need to choose friends who are optimistic and happy themselves, as you will
be surrounded with positive energy.

    13. Realize that you don’t need others’ approval

        It’s important to follow your own dreams and desires without letting
naysayers stand in your way. It’s fine to seek others’ opinions, but happy
people stay true to their own hearts and don’t get bogged down with the need
for outside approval.

    14. Take time to listen

        Listening helps you soak in the wisdom of others and allows you to
quiet your own mind at the same time. Intense listening can help you feel
content while helping you gain different perspectives.

    15. Nurture social relationships

        Positive social relationships are a key to happiness, so be sure you
make time to visit with friends, family and your significant other.

    16. Meditate

        Meditation helps you keep your mind focused, calms your nerves and
supports inner peace. Research shows it can even lead to physical changes in
your brain that make you happier.

    17. Eat well

        What you eat directly impacts your mood and energy levels in both the
short and long term. Whereas eating right can prime your body and brain to be
in a focused, happy state, eating processed junk foods will leave you
sluggish and prone to chronic disease. My free nutrition plan is an excellent
tool to help you choose the best foods for both physical and emotional

    18. Exercise

        Exercise boosts levels of health-promoting brain chemicals like
serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the
effects of stress and also relieve some symptoms of depression. Rather than
viewing exercise as a medical tool to lose weight, prevent disease, and live
longer – all benefits that occur in the future – try viewing exercise as a
daily tool to immediately enhance your frame of mind, reduce stress and feel

    19. Live minimally

        Clutter has a way of sucking the energy right out of you and
replacing it with feelings of chaos. Clutter is an often-unrecognized source
of stress that prompts feelings of anxiety, frustration, distraction and even
guilt, so give your home and office a clutter makeover, purging it of the
excess papers, files, knick knacks and other “stuff” that not only takes up
space in your physical environment, but also in your mind.

    20. Be honest

        Every time you lie, your stress levels are likely to increase and
your self-esteem will crumble just a little bit more. Plus, if others find
out you’re a liar it will damage your personal and professional
relationships. Telling the truth, on the other hand, boosts your mental
health and allows others to build trust in you.

    21. Establish personal control

        Avoid letting other people dictate the way you live. Instead,
establish personal control in your life that allows you to fulfill your own
goals and dreams, as well as a great sense of personal self-worth.

    22. Accept what cannot be changed

        Everything in your life is not going to be perfect, and that’s
perfectly all right. Happy people learn to accept injustices and setbacks in
their life that they cannot change, and instead put their energy on changing
what they can control for the better.

A Healthy Lifestyle Naturally Enhances Happiness

    You may have noticed that some of the habits of happy people are one in
the same with those that are essential for leading a healthy lifestyle –
exercising and eating right, for example. Once you adopt a happiness mindset,
and even before you do, embracing healthy habits will help keep your mood
elevated naturally even in the midst of stress. Happy people tend to be
healthy people, and vice versa, so in addition to healthy food and exercise,
the following lifestyle strategies can also help to support emotional

        Proper sleep: Sleep deprivation is linked to psychiatric disorders
such as anxiety and bipolar depression, while getting the right amount of
sleep has been linked to positive personality characteristics such as
optimism and greater self-esteem, as well as a greater ability to solve
difficult problems.

        Animal-based omega-3 fats: 

Low concentrations of the omega-3 fats EPAand DHA are known to increase
your risk for mood swings and mood disorders.

Those suffering from depression have been found to have lower levels of
omega-3 in their blood, compared to non-depressed individuals. Krill oil is
my preferred source of omega-3 fats.

        Regular sun exposure: 

This is essential for vitamin D production, lowlevels of which are linked to
depression. But even beyond vitamin D, regularsafe sun exposure is known
to enhance mood and energy through the release of

        Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): 

If difficult life circumstancesand the negative emotions they create are
making happiness hard to come by,try EFT, which is a form of do-it-yourself
psychological acupressure. Thissimple technique can help clear your body
and mind of negative emotions soyou can implement positive goals and
habits more easily in your life.

Thank You Dr. Mercola

God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.

Larry Nelson
42 S. Sherwood Dr.
Belton, Tx. 76513

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