Happiness Habits

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Happiness is a work ethic. It’s not a mystery. Train your brain to be positive and happy just like you go to eat each day. We can work at being happier. Here is a 21-Day Challenge. Pick one or more of the following habits and try it out for 21 days in a row to create a positive habit, then send me an email and tell me your results.

PRACTICE GRATITUDE - Every day, write down three new things you’re grateful for in a notebook, in a Word document, or on a journal app on your smartphone. It should be specific to that day. After as little as two weeks of doing this daily habit, research shows optimism improves and success rates rise significantly.

MEDITATION - focuses the mind. It is also extremely useful in treating anxiety attacks, it lowers blood pressure, can ease circulatory problems, and migraine and tension headaches.

  1. Listen to the sound of each breath. As is comes in and out. If thoughts come up during your meditation time - simply let them go and come back to th breath and the space between the in and out breath.
  2. Meditate for about 5-30 minutes twice each day. Honor yourself with a strict self-discipline for this valuable activity. You deserve one hour for yourself each day.

PHOTOGRAPH something meaningful in your life each day.

SELF-IMAGE - Smile and laugh more each day - it’s catching. You'll boost your mood. Write “I am enough” on your mirror.

JOURNAL - Write for two minutes a day describing one positive experience you had over the past 24 hours.

EXERCISE & SUPPLEMENT - for 30 minutes a day, stretching – like Yoga; or walking, jogging, dancing; strength training. Yawn, laugh, smile and hug. Ingest food grade multi-supplements like the Vitalizer, or Vitalizer Protein from hss.myshaklee.com.

THANKING AND/OR PRAISING - Write one quick letter or email first thing in the morning thanking or praising someone different in your social support network (family member, friend, old teacher, etc.) Tell them how they've had a positive effect in your life.

BOOKS/VIDEOS/LINKS: 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People, David Niven, Ph.D. The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work. Mindfulness in Schools, www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mlk6xD_xAQ. Search on YouTube: Charlie Chaplin, Laural and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, The Three Stooges, Red Skelton, George Carlin, etc.

SUCCESS SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL teaches the techniques of Peak Performance Practices. SSI and its division of the Institute of Sports Psychology were founded in 1982 by the futurist, Kurt A. Krueger. He has been a University faculty member in Psychology and Physical Education.

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