Cultivating Happiness

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When life gives you lemons, it’s not always easy to churn out the lemonade. After all, happiness doesn’t just magically appear, we’ve got to work at it sometimes! Many of us live stressful lives, juggling financial problems, difficult marriages, rowdy teenagers and a stressful work environment. The good news – you don’t have to solve all your problems to discover a happy life. Here are some tips for cultivating happiness that you can start today!

Get Exercise. Where’s the time, right? This is something you should definitely prioritize on your schedule. Aside from the obvious health benefits, exercising boost your endorphin levels. This natural body chemical gives people a natural euphoria that’s great for a mood boost. No wonder they call it “runner’s high.”

Be Kind. Taking the high road may not come as naturally as you’d like, but you’ll be a happier person for it. Take time to engage in frequent acts of kindness, and do your best to forgive someone for their wrong doings. Life is just too short to stress and steam about a disagreement or argument. Having said that, when you’re truly feeling down in the dumps, it’s of course okay to express your sadness or frustration. Give yourself that time to be upset, but then try and begin the process of moving past it.

Turn up the tunes. Music isn’t just about jumping and jiving. In fact, music therapy can significantly reduce your heart rate and stress levels, while sharpening your ability to learn, think, and remember.

Break the mold. Humans are creatures of habit. That said, nothing feels more exhilarating and exciting than stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something unexpected. Take a weekend to travel around Washington! You don’t have to go far to find an adventure. Do something that makes you uncomfortable, like kayaking, hot air ballooning or, dare I say, SKY DIVING. Overcome a fear, and you’ll feel on top of the world!

Photo by: Ira Gelb

 

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