• Regina Rhodes

Prioritizing Happy, For Everyone's Sake

In these times, where protests and new movements arise at a rapid rate amidst a global pandemic, not only is it essential to raise awareness for yourselves and communities. It is also vital to remember that you are special and can place good back into this world. You are deserving of happiness.

Your personal happiness is essential to distributing radiant energy in the entire world.

Think about how pleasant the world would be if we all did what made us happy. Wouldn't it be amazing to live in a world where we release what we "should" be doing and instead followed our hearts to what was truly important to us?

Being happy yourself is one of the best things you can do to help other people be satisfied, too! We've all had the experience of knowing someone whose positive vibes were extremely contagious -- the kind of person who makes other people feel happy just by being around them. Happiness has a scientifically proven domino effect far beyond a single individual -- when you are optimistic, other people notice and are themselves influenced by your mood.

This could be as simple as texting your friend "Good Morning" or posting a complimentary quote on your TL for motivation. We may see a negative outlook on individual devices, such as social media being superficial and existing with unrealistic expectations. Nonetheless, we can always be capable of reversing the deck by putting something good worth sharing.

The relationship between happiness and health is multifaceted, and not all of it is clearly understood. One known aspect is that as joy goes up, stress goes down. And since stress suppresses the immune system and contributes to heart disease and other chronic illnesses, anything that reduces it will probably help us live longer and better.

In practicing optimism in times of trials and hardships, we can use those "self-awareness" tactics to ensure that we are on track and on target to being our best self for the day, such as:

Noticing your behavioral trends over time. 

Due to my self awareness, I can take a step back and see how I am changing.

For instance,

  1. When do you notice those self doubts immersing

  2. When do you ruminate the most and after what event

  3. Do you normally start the day off well and a certain activity or engagement turns the tides

Take a step back, initiate a prevention plan and see how you improve?

Be Patient With Your Personality

As life transitions and we as humans undergo adversarial situations, we have to be mindful of how these circumstances affect and harden who we are.

For instance, you find yourself in consistent predicaments for a time in your life where other people misuse your boundaries and advantageously use your well-intentions for their gain, although recognizing those behaviors as unfair to oneself. It does no use to harden your heart against people in general; life frequently deals us life lessons to grow and develop the wisdom to be used in future scenarios.

Instead of saying,

"How could I have allowed this again? It must be who I am that attracts these people."

Let us reverse and ask,

"What did I learn from this situation? I can not bear the brunt of the problem on my own."

Be more patient with your process; we, unfortunately, give people more grace than we give ourselves. The short rope we lend ourselves in situations is not only ineffective but can alter your self-image and courage to move forward in life. We need to be more careful with how we talk to ourselves, practice being calm, and patient with your energy.

Remembering Mindful living...

It means being aware of your thoughts and feelings without judgment. Remember, there is no "right" or "wrong" way to think or feel at any moment. Once we discern who we are, we can not alter and work to fix ourselves at the core.

For instance, you are an extrovert; you enjoy open communication. Your energy rides higher in a room full of people, and you feel at your best when being social. It is not feasible to then work to cut off all attachments as you see that being an "introvert" is more applicable to the image you wish to present to the world.

This would not result in "happy" feelings and thus causes unnecessary stress to the individual. As much as happiness is essential, so is being true to oneself about our desires, needs, and individuality.

How to Boost Those Happy Hormones Naturally...

#1: Dopamine

This happy hormone is a neurotransmitter that drives your brain’s reward system. It also drives pleasure-seeking behaviour. Boost it by setting realistic goals (e.g., tidying your room or sticking to your workout schedule) and achieving them. And seek out pleasurable healthy activities that have a positive impact on your life.

#2: Serotonin

This mood-boosting neurotransmitter was made famous by SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressants, which increase the brain’s serotonin levels. The most effective and natural way to boost serotonin is by exercising daily; a brisk walk does wonders for your mood.

#3: Oxytocin

Both a neurotransmitter and a happy hormone, oxytocin is often called “the love hormone.” It may play a greater role in women’s physiology and happiness compared to men’s. Spending time with loved ones and being kind to others stimulates oxytocin.

It's important to remember why happiness is necessary; the lives we leave may feel flat at times and hectic, bizarre at others. Let's allow joy to be our new regular!

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