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
Let’s play a game. I’m going to list a word. Don’t spend too much time thinking about it. Off the top of your head, list the fondest memory you have associated with that word. Ready? Here we go: Dog Green Water Smile Hugs Sweating Peace OK, what did you come up with? Now take each … More 101 Ways to be Really Happy: Step #39– Re-enjoy your happiest memories
I’ve told this story many times in many settings, out loud and in writing. A child once cried out repeatedly to God to fix a favorite broken toy. Finally, the child begged, “God, I’ve prayed so many times for you to fix this toy. Why have you not heard my prayers?” To which God replied, “How … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #38–Just Let Go
I can honestly tell you that the happiest times I’ve ever had in my life are the times I am giving back. And there are a zillion ways you can do that. Find ways that interest you and (a)schedule them on your calendar or (b) do them as random acts of kindness. Here are 10 of … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step # 37–Give Back to the Planet
Step #35 comes straight from my totally rad friend, Sadaf, otherwise known as Boo. What I really admire about Sadaf is that she is the most caring person I know. Even when Sadaf is complaining about someone she manages to come across as caring about that person’s well-being. Her tip for happiness is to realize … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #35–Realize That Things Can Always Be Worse Than They Are
Stumbling Upon cool stuff is one of the coolest ways to have fun and be joyful that I do on a regular basis. There are lots of ways to stumble, but by far the easiest for the computer literate is to visit the Stumble Upon Website. According to Wikepedia, StumbleUpon is a discovery engine that finds and … More 101 Ways to Be Really Happy: Step #34- Stumble Upon Something Unexpected