People who are happy tend to have more happiness receptors (serotonin, among other chemicals) in their brains. Here is a link to a great article about the happiness, motivation, anti-anxiety and anti-depression chemicals we can produce for ourselves. Exercise is one way to increase these receptors and I talk about some ways to get more … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #48- Create More Happiness Receptors in Your Brain
One of my favorite “get happy” activities is dancing. If you’ve never tried it, give it a chance. If you are like me and love to dance but hadn’t done much of it lately, start NOW. Even if you simply dance alone at home for 10 minutes every day, you will notice an improvement in … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step 47- Dance
Here are more of my favorite things: Water: I have had so much fun in the water it is hard to narrow it down to just one memory. In fact, when I think of the word “water”, a zillion happy memories flood my mind. Could it be because hypnotists use a little post-hypnotic suggestion called the water … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #46B–Favorite Things continued
One of my favorite songs from the classic musical “The Sound of Music” was Julie Andrew’s “My Favorite Things.” As the lyrics say, ” I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad.” I learned a long time ago that being happy is a choice. Happiness doesn’t magically happen to people. … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #46–Focus on Your Favorite Things
If you have ever been to a hypnotist, you know what a happy place is. Your happy place is the place you go to in your mind to relax, unwind, feel safe and happy. Your happy place can be absolutely any place you want and it can change from time to time. If you’ve done … More 101 Ways to be Really Happy: Step #45–Go to Your Happy Place as Often as You Can
Teaching people how to relax is what I do for a living. Here are some quick tips. A relaxed mind leads to a relaxed body, so try pursuits like hypnosis or deep, restful sleep to relax your body. A relaxed body leads to a relaxed mind, so try pursuits like yoga or massage to relax … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step # 44– RELAX!
Breathing might not seem like a route to happiness to you. After all, everybody who is alive is breathing, but not everybody is happy. The trick to breathing is to do it intentionally. I have an exercise on my youtube site that I call Integrative Breathing. It literally is one of my cures for anxiety. … More 101 Ways to Be Happy: Step #43– Breathe!
Whether you do pilates, or yoga or just plain old stretching exercise, stretching is good for the soul. Here are some ideas for making stretching a part of your daily routine: Pretend you are a cat and do cat poses. Take a yoga class. Rent or buy a yoga video. Try a youtube yoga video. Bend down … More 101 Ways to be Really Happy: Step #42–Stretch!
Be mysterious or eccentric for a day. Or flirt outrageously. And see who you attract. If you need to do this at a costume party, that’s ok. Sometimes it is easier for folks to be outrageous or intriguing if they are wearing a mask. That’s ok. The point is to take a spin at bringing … More 101 Ways to be Really Happy: Step #41–Tickle Someone’s Fancy
Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and dive off the cliff. Whether it’s a new job, new city, new friend, new experience or new relationship, sometimes you JUST have to try it on faith. Half the people who come to see me for hypnosis, have never tried it before and are skeptical … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #40–Take a Leap of Faith