When I was in my 30s, I went to see a psychologist. I actually tricked myself into going. She did past life regressions and I told myself I was going to see what they were like. What I really ended up working on was the workaholism I had inherited from my father. At one point … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #81– Appreciate your Body
I’ve always been one of those people who thought change was a good thing. Learning to deal with change makes you more flexible and more resilient. Like the tree with the pliable trunk, if you are used to dealing with change, you are not likely to break in half during a sudden gust of wind. … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #80– Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
I’ve written about heroes many times. Heroes are the people in my life who inspire me. Throughout my life, I’ve had a variety of heroes for different reasons. Since this year’s blog is about being happy, I recommend choosing the heroes who make you happy. Here are a few of mine.
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In the November 2013 issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin , researchers Wing-Yee Cheung, Tim Wildschut, Constantine Sedikides, Erica Hepper, Jamie Arndt, and Ad Vingerhoets suggested that nostalgia may actually make people more optimistic about the future. In one study, college students were asked to write a short essay about a past event that made them … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #77– Visit Nostalgia
Maybe you did this as a kid, or maybe you didn’t. But it’s fun to do it as an adult, too. CHASE A RAINBOW. Next time you see a rainbow, just get in your car and follow it to where you think one of the end points should be. While you are in pursuit, tell … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #74– Chase a Rainbow
Just see if you can do this for 5 minutes. Go somewhere like a library or far out in nature. Make sure all electronic gadgets are turned off. Steer clear of conversations. If you are at the library, perhaps you can use one of their private meeting rooms for 5 minutes. Go to the silent … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #71– Be Silent for a Day
I have always attributed this quote to former Cosmopolitan editor, Helen Gurly-Brown who died in 2012 at the age of 90. However, upon researching it for this post, I found: I can’t find one instance in which she made that exact quote. I was amazed at the number of people who wish to see the … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #61– Fake it til you Make it!
I play games with myself to entertain myself all the time. I don’t know how or why I started. It’s just fun. One of the games I like to play is Stop-Look-Listen. It’s very simple but, when played correctly, will raise the indicator on your happiness meter. Here’s how it works: Tell yourself the next thing … More 101 Steps to Be Really Happy: Step #60– Stop, Look, Listen!
In Step 25: I gave you some pointers about how to think like a kid. Kids take life as it comes. Most importantly they live in the moment. If I could give you only ONE bit of advice on how to be happy, it would be: Learn to live in the present moment. So here is … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step 59-Think Like a Kid Again