Wednesday, December 14, 2011

5 Ways To Increase Happiness



Revel in nature’s wonders
Whether it’s stargazing at night, watching a sunrise or sunset, or listening to the melodies of a thousand birds in a forest, becoming one with Mother Nature is a sure-fire way to reach a level of relaxation and inner-peace that is difficult to match. You’d be amazed at the feeling that comes with getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It’s a great way to re-charge one’s batteries and also a great way to reach a sense of internal clarity.
Do something different
CHANGE IS GOOD. Take a class – even if it’s just for fun. Engage in a new activity or a new exercise. Spend a day taking horseback riding lessons, or practicing Yoga for the first time. Regardless of what you choose, make sure it’s something you’ve never done before. It’s healthy to step out of your comfort zone every once in a while.
Give a gift to someone
By gift I do not necessarily mean a gift of the material variety. It’s truly the little things that count. Pay someone a sincere compliment today. When going through the drive through, ask the attendant what the total is for the car behind you and pay for it. Unsolicited kindness is rare in today’s society…if we engaged in it more often we could do our small part to make the world a happier place.
Appreciate the here and now.
We are often so caught up in the past or in the future that we fail to recognize the preciousness of the ‘present’. We are all guilty of this. Holding onto pain from the past only prevents us from moving forward. Conversely, we often worry about things in the future that have not even happened yet. We spend so much time living in the past and/or in the future that we do not embrace the lives that we are living today.
Forgive.
Forgiveness is one of those things that is often preached but seldom practiced. When we do not forgive, we are in essence telling ourselves that we should feel angry or betrayed about the past. This is a vicious cycle…as the failure to forgive will result in negative emotions that feed upon themselves. When we find it in ourselves to forgive we are making a conscious decision to make ourselves happier. You’re not only releasing the person that you’re forgiving from your anger...you’re also releasing yourself from feeling that anger. How can you yourself ever expect to be forgiven for anything if you’re not willing to forgive? Forgiveness isn’t always easy…but holding onto anger and resentment will poison you emotionally.

11 comments:

  1. Great post Keith!! Really a great way to live life to the fullest and experience new things.

    Kristen Rust

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  2. I needed this today. Thank you so much!

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    1. You're welcome Vanessa! Feel free to follow my blog and you will be notified whenever I post. I really liked your "Loving What Is" post today on your blog - yes we should all take a chance today!

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  3. What a great post...the kids and I moved to northern Wyoming from Denver about a year and a half ago, and one of our favorite things is that it only takes a few minutes to get into the middle of nowhere. We used to go hiking in Boulder to get away from the city, and were met with a thousand other people doing the same. Up here Mother Nature isn't shared with tons of people. It's awesome... :)

    And as for your taking a class comment - I started college a couple months ago and am having the time of my life. Best thing I could have ever done for myself!

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    1. That's so awesome! What are you studying? Is Wyoming as beautiful as everyone says it is?

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  4. My major is film production - just thinking about getting to learn the good stuff makes me giddy with excitement! Most of Wyoming is dirt and sagbrush - not pretty at all. Cody, where I live, over through Yellowstone and down to Jackson Hole (so basically the northwest corner) is absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. I had never thought of Wyoming as mostly dirt and sagebrush before...I suppose I've always had these romanticized notions of Wyoming as mountainous and pine-tree-filled. Sounds like you're in the pretty part though :)

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    2. Just keep that thought and if you ever visit here, keep it to the Yellowstone/Cody/Jackson area. :)

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  5. Thanks for the blog. Blog talking about how to increase happiness. Thanks. !!!

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  6. Thank you, very very good post.
    Happiness is everything for us.
    I wish y all the best.

    Regards
    Toby, Ideals

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