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Friday, July 24, 2009

Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now


Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now

1. Smile. Raise the corners of your mouth. Soon your smile will become genuine. The smile that begins as an effort and a pretense quickly grows to become genuine, and given time, a habit of happiness. In the words of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, "Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."

2. Breathe deeply and slowly. Focus your entire attention on each in-breath and out-breath. Imagine drawing new clean energy in through the top of your head on each in-breath, and expelling old stale energy out the soles of your feet on each out-breath.

3. Take a quiet walk by yourself. Focus on each step and on your breathing. As stray thoughts enter your mind, thank each one, and quickly release the thought and return to a focus on your breathing and your steps.

4. Count your blessings. Make a gratitude list. You have thousands of reasons to be thankful. Be thankful for those who serve you. Make a list of those you depend upon. Everyone has many people who help along the way. Don't forget those who grow and deliver your food, keep your electricity and telephone running, provide emergency medical care, and protect the safety of your community and your nation.

5. Forgive someone for something right now. Release the resentment and anger. This practice is for you to become happier. Telling the other person that you forgive them is completely optional, and is merely a bonus.

6. Stretch your body. Do yoga, do qigong, or just stand and stretch. As a simple stretch, stand and hold your arms out to your sides forming a cross. Gently bend each hand back at the wrist until the fingers point straight upward. Twist each hand and arm in a wringing motion as if you were operating a screwdriver.

7. Turn on happy music and dance. Don't stop 'til you're tired. Dance with someone or dance all by yourself. Choose music that makes you want to move and keep moving such as Latin Fitness Dance music.

8. Spend some time with a furry friend. If you don't have your own, borrow a cat or dog to love today.

9. Be of service. Find someone who has worse troubles than you and do something nice for them today.

10. Have a conversation with God (or whatever you call your Higher Power). Approach the conversation with an attitude of gratitude rather than neediness.

Further reading: Go With the Flow - Six Ways to Live a Happier Life

Gratitude itself is a source of joy. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stop Anger Before It Stops You

How To Stop Worrying By Using the Qigong Release Exercise

What To Do When Your Whole World Is Falling Apart?

How to get over regrets and resentments

24 comments:

  1. Thank you. I have shared your blog address on my Spark People blog and hope that is okay. It is such wonderful advice that it just has to be shared.

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  2. I enjoyed this but would appreciate the God disclaimer being removed("or whatever you call your Higher Power"). Thanks.

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  3. Thank you for the inspirations. I just want to mention to the disclaimer 'God (or your Higher Power)' so some may call him God, to those of us who follow our own tradition, He is the "Creator".

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  4. I have come to this site from a Spark People team thread today. I am glad to have found it.

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  5. Thank you for recognizing God! Please do not remove!

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  6. I agree, thank you for recognizing that not everyone calls him god, some creator, some call their god the universe, it is all the same belief in a higher power. Thank you for the peace and wisdom you provide me with everyday.

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  7. Thank you for your advice. I have a suggestion to make to all those that get bother by your comments and that is "If it bothers you DON"T read it".

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  8. great post
    thanks!
    approach God with gratitude...how true!

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  9. What wonderful advice...esp the "approach God with gratitude" one not with neediness. It's funny how many of us approach God with neediness rather than the other way around.

    Thank-you Jonathon Lockwood Huie
    You were on my list of people I am thankful for!

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  10. Happpiness is very important part of life and what ever we do in life , the final objective remains same i.e to be happy.But we eventually forget the main objective and run for other things like money,career ,success what not..One has to understand the we can be happy no matter what.Either we win or loose , we can be happy.Its a mental feeling and if we really want to happy no can can stop us.Life is short and enjoy the most of it.

    Thanks for your tips

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  11. Happiness is very important part of life and what ever we do in life , the final objective remains same i.e to be happy.But we eventually forget the main objective and run for other things like money,career ,success what not..One has to understand the we can be happy no matter what.Either we win or loose , we can be happy.Its a mental feeling and if we really want to happy no can can stop us.Life is short and enjoy the most of it.

    Thanks for your tips
    http://www.10toeverything.com/home/self-improvement/10-simple-ways-to-be-happy

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  12. ThanK you for sharing. Lisa

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  13. I loved it.Happiness is the key to a peaceful and successful life.Thankyou for reminding us all the facts.God is God , and is everybody's God.Think of your Creator if you have any controversy.

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  14. Love this!! Thank you for such an amazing article. God bless you always!!

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  15. thank you to this is such a wonderful

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  16. Is it possible to do conversation with higher power with only gratitudes& no demands?

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  17. Is it possible to do conversation with higher power with only gratitudes & no demands?

    Not only is it possible, it is the only kind of conversation that creates a joy-filled and purposeful life.

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  18. Its not often that you find such clearness of depiction and range of ideas. Well written.

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  19. I get your quotes sent to me everyday. I am so eager, that as soon as I wake up in the morning, it's the first thing I do. I have sent them to my Mom & some of my siblings, so they also can have hope & inspiration every morning. It brightens my day. Thank You Jonathan. You are on my list as well, of the people I am so grateful for. God Bless you.

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  20. Jonathan i have to say thank you very much for the quotes... you such a blessing to me.

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  21. Ur quotes are so inspiring to my life.I was on the verge of exploding just now with anger and there came your update... Thank u. R u a Physic? (Smile)

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  22. thank you very much for reminding me such wonderful inspirations. very grateful.

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  23. Happiness is very self rewarding!! I once asked someone, "Have you ever been so happy, you couldn't sleep"? It happens to me all the time.

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  24. Thank you Jonathan for mentioning God, He is the creator of everything without Him we are nothing

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