5 Tips on how to live in happiness
"Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it eludes you; but if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and sits softly on your shoulder."
The anonymous author who wrote this passage had his heart in the right state of mind. Happiness truly is like a butterfly. Too many times, we lose our vision because we're too busy trying to become content, when contentment has been there all along. I'm going to give you five tips on how to live in happiness so you, too, can catch your own metaphorical butterfly of bliss:
1. Get physical. Remember the old grade school song where the music teacher would sing, "If you're happy and you know it, and you really want to show it, if you're happy and you know it, clap your hands"? Well, you don't have to physically clap your hands (unless you want to) -- but to make your body feel healthier and free your spirit from daily rigors, a brisk walk, an impromptu happy dance, or a good physical workout can boost your immunity and improve your mental clarity. So go ahead, clap your hands, stomp your feet, and get your body moving!
2. Meditate. You don't need a Guru to whip you into a meditation routine, but you must be committed to practicing daily positive affirmations to reinvent your mental thought processes. Focus on a time when you were most happy, or a place that makes you happiest. Once you have that mental picture in your mind, concentrate on it. Put yourself in that place. Smile. Close your eyes and take slow, deep breaths. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat this mental exercise as much as you need to calm your nerves. It's amazing what a little meditation can do for the mind, body, and soul.
3. Skip the junk food. I'm no nutritionist, but I know what junk foods like greasy French fries and potato chips can do to my body. But junk foods just don't affect your physical wellbeing; they affect your emotional state of wellness, too. When you put garbage into your body, it limits your mental capacity to think positively. Eating healthy, whole foods like nuts, and raw veggies and fruits can perk your mind, body, and spirit.
4. Journal. Why do you think diaries are such a popular-selling item? It's not just because little girls want to share their deepest, darkest secrets - diaries, or life journals are superb emotional healing and self-growth tools that help individuals understand and resolve life problems. They're also great to write out dreams, goals, and desires of the heart. The coolest part about journaling is that you don't need a degree in journalism or any other special training to write out your thoughts and ideas. Think of your life journal as your personal mind notebook. When you put your goals to paper, it's so much easier to concentrate on those goals without losing touch with reality. Try it - once you do, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
5. Smile. Do you know that frowning brings down your whole spirit? When you smile, you can feel your eyes lifting, your cheeks wincing, your forehead rising, and your whole body feels light and like it's atop of the world. Frowning, on the other hand brings your whole composure down. Don't be a sloucher. Smile. Laugh. Read a joke. Share a joke. Watch a comedy or a cartoon. Think back to a time where you laughed so hard that it made your stomach hurt. What made you laugh that way? Smiling is the ultimate in living in happiness. If you practice active smiling every where you go, you will attract more smiles and positivity toward you. Go ahead and smile. Because remember, when you smile, the whole world smiles with you. When you cry, you cry alone.