I must confess that lately I have not been at my happiest. In fact, these past few months have been very difficult. I am only telling you this because I want to show you what I have learnt. And to wish you a happy, sunshiney weekend.
Happiness can be elusive... but I have found that through a positive attitude, creativity, friendship and love one can do anything. So here are my tips for happiness:
It sounds so simple but sometimes even when you dont feel like it, turn your mouth into a big smile. This releases chemicals (seretonin) in your brain which makes you feel instantly happier. Plus it brings others joy to see you smiling.
2. Do something fun and different- that you are passionate about.
Live your passions. Go out for a walk and enjoy nature. See friends and do something you wouldnt normally do. Go to the theatre, cinema, listen to new music. Watch a documentary. Paint. Garden. Cook. Learn to sew. Make greeting cards. Remember that life is short- and should be enjoyed. So be creative!
3. Spread LOVE. That doesnt have to be romantic love, that can be giving. It can be listening to others, supporting others, raising money for charity, campaigning for justice..... anything. Tell your friends and family you love them and inspire others to love.
4. Act 'as if'. Act as if you are happy and you will feel happier. The brain can't tell the difference between reality and imagination at times. So act as if, and your body will react!!
What I have learnt mostly is that happiness is feeling happy with yourself. This is harder to be learned. But on this journey through life, we can learn to heal our souls and minds and spread love to others too.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone,
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