Keys To Happiness: Sunshine, and 4 More Secrets…
Happiness is the business of the new age industry right? Well it’s also everybody’s business!
In fact, most companies and corporations tell you that you need to buy something from them to be happy, and we believe them. So we buy into all these products and then we keep buying things when the juju of the last life-changing product wears off.
But what about lasting happiness?
We can find some real golden tickets within the new age sphere because experts in this field are hell bent on figuring out what really reaches inside our cores to make us happy.
One of those golden tickets is sunlight. Yes, sunshine is absolutely a necessary part of the chemistry we need to feel happy, but we can’t just stand outside and expect everything to be hunky dory, can we? We certainly can expect to feel better, and we certainly can expect to feel worse without it.
Besides the vitamin D we get from the sun, which keeps seasonal affective disorder (known as SAD) at bay, what can we do to ward off depression? Here are four things that are important for me to maintain my happiness and balance.
1. Find A Purpose & Live For It!
Once we are connected to a purpose we feel good about, we have motivation to work towards the highest good because it’s something that innately makes us feel good. When we are nurturing others in some way, we get a release of happy chemicals because we are (according to Darwin and scientific studies) hardwired to nurture. We often work to make money and wonder why we feel unhappy. The reason is that we aren’t connected to our work in a deeper way.
You can use meditation to connect to your higher consciousness and ask to be shown your purpose. Maybe it’s something that evolves over time. As long as you see that you’re helping others, you will unlock a vault of happiness that others miss. It is a real secret to happiness.
2. Exercise Daily
Our body needs daily movement to keep our hormones balanced. In order to manage our stress and the effects it has on our body, we need to move and get our heart rate up. If you’re sitting around and not feeling happy. Do something fun to get yourself moving. It’s better to find a form of exercise you like instead of something that you dread.
If you hate running, why force it? You might enjoy a gentle yoga class or an exciting rock climbing gym where you can stimulate your mind as much as your body. Find a form of exercise that suits your personality and don’t just do it to pass the time. The circus arts are a good example of something you can challenge yourself in an learn about your own body and mind in the process.
3. Eat Healthy
As you go through your day you can see this in people watching. Watch how the mood of those who are eating healthy is usually better than those who are eating highly processed addictive ‘food.’ It’s easy to notice how the emotions are erratic and explosive in those who have spiking blood sugar, stomach upset and improper nutrient levels. Get more of the good stuff from nature and make it a point to prioritize eating as if your body was a temple for your soul instead of eating for convenience. Take note of when you fall off this practice and what habits knock you off. Often, we want to impress or accommodate others, like some hunk (trust me, I’ve been there) or coworkers who pressure you to join in on happy hour. Make choices independent of others and your happiness will increase. Plan ahead and make your own food or eat before you go somewhere if you know there won’t be healthy options.
Taking quiet time to do nothing or just going for a solitary walk are forms of meditation. Laying down and breathing is a way to decompress and let your nervous system rejuvenate itself. Even a relaxing bubble bath can help you balance out your hormones. Incorporating your version of meditation into your lifestyle is a secret to happiness that many people can attest to. Otherwise we get high-strung and create unnecessary problems in our minds or push ourselves too hard.
We can be exercising, getting sunshine, feeling fulfilled in our work, and eating well and still be unhappy. Often the missing link is that we haven’t spent time training our brain to direct it to positive thoughts and thus we are bombarded by negative thinking. Meditation allows you to notice when your own thoughts are beating you up. It also helps you shut off racing thoughts when you need to.
It’s important that in our quest for happiness we don’t look for one magic pill and then get upset when it isn’t working. The truth is, happiness is a lifestyle of balance between taking care of our mind, body, and spirit. Your mind needs to be guided to think positively. Your body needs to be exercised, relaxed, and fed with pure ingredients. Your soul needs a purpose. When all three of those aspects are honored, your happiness will build momentum.
As your habits shift, you’ll receive compounded interest on your lifestyle in the department of happiness. Your levels of peace and joy will continue to build, month after month, year after year, one small decision at a time. Your brain will rewire itself and soon, taking care of the balance of your mind, body, and spirit will come so naturally that you’ll hardly think twice about it.
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