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.