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Time to Get Happy! How to Bring More Positivity Into Your Life Today

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It’s official; according to medical research, happiness can make you live longer. Indeed, in addition to extending lifespan, being happy can boost immunity, ward off certain illnesses and help you to achieve your weight-loss goals.

Of course, the big question is: how can you inject some happiness into your life? Here’s a few helpful suggestions.

How to Find Happiness Today
If you’re feeling down or negative about life, it can be challenging to discover the path to positivity. However, there are some useful tips and techniques you can employ, in order to help boost your feelings of contentment and well-being.

  1. The Heart-Math Appreciation tool. According to research published in the American Journal of Cardiology, feeling genuinely grateful for the things in your life can really boost your immunity, and help your cardiovascular health. Here’s some recommended exercises to help you generate feelings of gratitude.
    • Heart breathing. Focus attention on the area of your heart, and inhale a little more deeply than normal for 5 or 6 seconds, then exhale for 5 or 6 seconds.
    • Heart imagining. Imagine your heart; and imagine breathing in and out through it. Be really aware of how it functions when you breathe
    • Heart feelings. Try to recollect a time you felt really good about something, and try to recreate that feeling. Be aware of how it affects your heart.
    • Appreciation breaks. Take time each day for an ‘appreciation break’, where you stop and focus on what you’re grateful for in your life
    • Appreciation lists. Create a list of all the things you’re most thankful for
    • Appreciation in the moment. When you next feel happy, immerse yourself in that moment and feel really grateful for it.
  2. Be aware of negative thoughts. When you next experience a negative thought about a person or situation, take a moment to analyse it in greater depth. Could you turn that negative thought into a positive one, just by looking at the situation differently?
  3. Don’t blame yourself. It’s a common human reaction to blame ourselves when things don’t go according to plan. However, recognise that blame isn’t terribly productive. Instead, see the failure as a chance to learn and to try again, this time with greater understanding and knowledge.
  4. Seize opportunities. It’s time to let go of excuses and take opportunities when they present themselves to you, regardless of how frightened or nervous you might feel at the time. Taking a chance and experiencing something new is incredibly empowering and can really lift the mood dramatically.
  5. Practice positive talk. Instead of saying ‘I’m no good at that’, say ‘I’ve not really tried that before, but I’m willing to give it a go!’ Looking at life with a can-do attitude, rather than seeking out obstacles, is a sure-fire way to improve your levels of contentment.

Seek Out the Support of Others

If you struggle with feelings of negativity and this all sounds a little too challenging, remember that there is plenty of help available to you. Talk to friends and family and ask them to support you in your mission to find happiness, and if you suffer with particularly negative feelings, talk to a cognitive behavioural therapist or counsellor, who will be able to offer advice on how to manage your emotions.

* https://www.heartmath.org/resources/heartmath-tools/heartmath-appreciation-tool-and-exercises/

* http://www.naturalnews.com/041435_longevity_positive_thinking_heart_health.html

* http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950?pg=2

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