Health


Savor Everyday Moments
Pause now and then to smell a rose or watch children at play. Study participants who took time to “savor” ordinary events that they normally hurried through, or to think back on pleasant moments from their day, “showed significant increases in happiness and reductions in depression,” says psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky.

Avoid Comparisons
While keeping up with the Joneses is part of American culture, comparing ourselves with others can be damaging to happiness and self-esteem. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, focusing on our own personal achievement leads to greater satisfaction, according to Lyubomirsky.

Put Money Low on the List
People who put money high on their priority list are more at risk for depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, according to researchers Tim Kasser and Richard Ryan. Their findings hold true across nations and cultures. “The more we seek satisfactions in material goods, the less we find them there,” Ryan says. “The satisfaction has a short half-life—it’s very fleeting.” Money-seekers also score lower on tests of vitality and self-actualization.   Adapted from “10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy”- Jen Angel- “Yes” Magazine

Better Eating through Mindfulness
By Jill Suttie | June 27, 2012

Obesity has become a public health issue. New research suggests moment-to-moment awareness does a better job of helping people control their weight than any diet. Click here for more info

Get Out and Exercise
A Duke University study shows that exercise may be just as effective as drugs in treating depression, without all the side effects and expense. Other research shows that in addition to health benefits, regular exercise offers a sense of accomplishment and opportunity for social interaction, releases feel-good endorphins, and boosts self-esteem.

A Story of Exercise- Lori A Peters- The Happiness Hangout

I admit, I really don’t love to exercise but I love how it feels. I’ve got the greatest guy of my life and here I am, fatter then before we met. But I really don’t feel good unless I exercise. Then, add to it a leg injury. That messiness turned into no work-outs for well over a year. My boyfriend runs almost everyday and loves sports. I had to do something so I got the leg fixed and finally figured out that I just have to do what I love. Please don’t laugh: BADMITTEN- yes that game you played when you were 10. We play almost every night. The other exercise- SWIMMING- don’t you know I have a connection to a local swimming pool! I’m now gaining momentum and I am feeling so much better. Oh and I do walk my dog each day. In my opinion, it won’t last unless you really like doin’ it. Find an exercise routine you can live with and go at least 30 minutes as many days as you can. Your health will thank you for it.web-elephant

Michael Singer- paraphrased from Oprah showWe cause most of our problems from metal chatter- go to a place of quiet and let it pass- once you are quiet, it allows answers to come. Your mind is programmed to chatter. It’s your ego, psyche, not your true self. When you have a disturbance, don’t touch it, let is pass. The key is to learn how to eventually deal with an issue without it disturbing you. Knowing that if you just let go, the answer will bubble up or the way to deal with it just comes to the forefront. As you learn to do this better, you will feel a power behind you.  Interested in more…www.theunteathersoul.com.   

Wouldn’t you love to not just be happy, but flourish. Learn more Positive Psychology Theory including: positive health, positive neuroscience, positive education, positive psychotherapy and more. Take one or all of the interesting scientifically tested questionsaires such as the Authentic Happiness Inventory questionnaire, Compassionate Love Scale, Work-Life questionnaire and so many more. Even apply to be a participant in a happiness research project!
I took the Authentic Happiness Inventory. I learned about myself and how I would like to make changes as well as where I am truly satisfied. Be aware that your results are used in research in an ananomous capacity.
Want to check out the latest scientific information about positive psychology www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu.

 
 Reading and other info…
Social Animal by David Brooks, The New Yorker – great for relationships too
The Role of Happiness in the World Religions by April L. Bogle, The Huffington Post
But Will It Make You Happy? by Stephanie Rosenbloom, The New York Times
Happiness and Deep Conversations by Tom Morris, Huffington Post web-red book gratituded
Happier- Ben Shahan 
The Arts of Happiness- The Dalai Lama
Several books from the Founder of Positive Psychology- Martin Seligman
Interesting info about if children make you happier
Happiness is a Walk in the Park- Cynthia Graber- Scientific American.com

 

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