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10 Inspirational Messages From Children’s Literature

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September is an important time for our children. The time of year when they go back to school, start in a new class and are beginning to learn so much throughout the year.
It is important that we are also teaching them how to be positive individuals and how to learn to cope when life gets tough.

I’ve pulled together some of my favourite messages that can be found within popular children’s literature.
Why not have a sit with your little thinker and have a read of these. See what they say about what they read in these excepts. You’ll be surprised what you yourself will learn from the mind of your child.

1: “Promise me you’ll remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”

– AA Milne, Winnie The Pooh

2: “Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

– Roald Dahl, The Minions

3: “We can all dance, when we find the music that we love,”

– Giles Andreae, Giraffes Can’t Dance

4: “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I know I can.”

– Watty Piper, The Little Engine That Could.

5: “The moment where you doubt you can fly, you cease forever being able to do it.”

– JM Barie, Peter Pan.

6: “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and the job’s a game.”

– P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins

7: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because in the end those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.”

– Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr Suess

8: “Working hard is important. But there is something that matters even more: believing in yourself.”

– J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

9: “It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends.”

– Brothers Grimm, Snow White.

10: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

– Aesop, The Lion and The Mouse.

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Inspirational Song Lyrics For A Positive Life

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For centuries people have used music as a way of expressing their emotions, feelings and personal journeys.
It is no surprise therefore that within some of our favourite songs, we find uplifting, motivational lyrics to help us live our own lives.

Below are ten of my favourite inspirational quotes from songs that will help keep you motivated and feeling positive for the week ahead.If you want some more inspiration after reading these check out these 10 Inspirational quotes from children’s literature.

1: You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you might find
You get what you need

– The Rolling Stones- You can’t always get what you want

2: So throw those curtains wide, one day like this a year will see me right

– Elbow- One day like this

3: Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be, it’s easy. All you need is love.

– The Beatles- All you need is love

4: Cus every little thing, is going to be alright

– Bob Marley – Three little birds

5: Sun is shinin’ in the sky
There ain’t a cloud in sight
It’s stopped rainin’ everybody’s in a play
And don’t you know
It’s a beautiful new day

– ELO – Mr Bue Sky

6: Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball

– Queen- Don’t stop me now

7: What you don’t have now will come back again
You’ve got heart and you’re going your own way

– Noah and the Whale- Life Goes On.

8: Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
And I say it’s all right

– The Beatles- Here comes the sun

9: In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy

– Bobby McFerrin- Don’t worry, be happy

10: And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

– Louis Armstrong, Wonderful World

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The Power Of Laughter

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The Power Of Laughter

“Laughter is the best medicine” a common phrase that most of us are aware of, but is there any truth in it?

Well yes, there is! We are going to be exploring the scientific benefits that laughter has on our bodies.

First, let’s look at what laughter is and where it comes from.

The first idea of human laughter can be traced back to our prehistoric ancestors where laughter would have been a gesture of shared relief between companions over the survival of passing danger. There would have also been laughter between companions to indicate trust and reassurance.
A key primal tool and one of the first building blocks of human society.

We understand the importance of laughter in todays society. We just love to laugh!
laughingThe average human laughs around 17 times a day, and we laugh more in the company of others than we do by ourselves, which adds weight to the idea that laughing is contagious.

There are businesses thriving in the laughter industry. Jokes, Comedians, Sit-coms. All designed to get us chuckling. Some programmes we watch include ‘canned- laughter’ to encourage us to laugh, once again, adding to the ‘laughter is contagious’ theory.
This is because people love to laugh, and to feel the way we do whilst laughing.

So what is the science behind laughing?

The science of laughing and the effects it has on our body is called ‘Gelotology’. Certain parts of our brain are responsible for certain responses and actions.
Gelatologists have discovered that the production of laughter is involved with multiple regions of our brain, specifically our Cerebral Cortex, the largest part of our brains.
Our frontal lobe, which is associated with our emotional and social responses, is very active during laughter. The left of the cortex analyses the structure and the words of the joke, where as the right cortex provides the intellectual analysis to understand the joke.

How does this affect our bodies and our moods?

laughThe act of laughing itself, is a ‘funny’ one. Making strange giggling sounds, gasping for air, sometimes producing tears. But it is all linked to the muscles in our face and how they are working.
Laughing, just like smiling, activates the major zygomaticus muscles, that anchor your cheekbone, pulling your upper lip upwards and outwards.

A study conducted by Strack, Martin and Stepper, in 1988 involved participants holding a pencil between their teeth whilst performing a task to engage the zygomaticus muscles.
Half of participants were instructed to hold the pencil between their teeth, whilst the other half of participants were asked to place the pencil between their lips without touching it with their teeth. This forced their muscles to contract formulating a frown.

Both study groups were then given a series of cartoons to watch and asked to rank them in degree of humour.
As hypothesised, the study group who had the pencil creating a smile, judged the cartoons as funner than their ‘frowning’ counterparts.
They noticed that their moods were lifted and the study put this down to the blood flow to the brain caused by the act of smiling.

The act of laughing is also suggested to reduce stress hormones as well as increasing the production of B- Cells which produce disease destroying antibodies in our systems.

Let’s not forget the most important point of all. Laughter makes you feel happy. If you’re laughing it’s probably because you are enjoying yourself. You are relaxed and you are in a state of mind that is welcoming positive and pleasurable reactions. That in itself is reason enough to laugh more!

Figure out what makes you laugh and do it more often!

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6 Daily Morning Habits For A Happier You

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6 daily morning habits for a happier you!

A lot of people associate the morning alarm with feeling of panic, rushing around and worrying about traffic. How can we change the way we feel about our mornings and start making the most of them? It’s time to feel happy and excited to wake up early!

alarm1: Set your alarm slightly earlier

Do you usually set your alarm for the latest time possible before you have to get out of bed? Or maybe you set it earlier but keep hitting snooze? Then panic ensues when you realise you’ve overslept?
Try setting your alarm for 20- 30 minutes before you absolutely must get up. This will allow your body and mind to wake in a relaxed state. Waking up with time on your side will also allow you the time to follow these other tips.

2: Smile and be grateful

As soon as the alarm goes off and you open your eyes, let a huge smile take over your face.
The act of smiling activates neurotransmitters in your brain which have great benefits on your health and happiness. Learning to be grateful for the day ahead will also help you realise how much you have to be thankful for.
If you want to, why not make a journal, listing the things that you are grateful for. Keep it beside you bed and add to it each morning. Then on those inevitable days when you’re not feeling your best, you can re look at everything you have showed gratitude for before.

running3: Exercise

Exercising in the morning will really help to boost those energy levels for the rest of the day. It will also boost your bodies production of the endorphin hormones. These neurotransmitters will place your body in a state of euphoria. A fantastic start to the day!

4: Eat breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and not one to be missed. Your body needs the essential nutrients and energy you are going to gain from your breakfast so it can function at its best throughout the day. Your brain will also thank you. When your brain receives the nutrition it needs, your mood will stable, your memory improve and your concentration and creativity levels will soar.

5: Get outdoors

Dog owners will most probably be doing this anyway, but the rest of us should also reap the benefits of some fresh air first thing in the morning.
Getting outside, either by going for a walk, drinking your coffee in your garden, or practising yoga on the patio will really boost your creativity and improve your focus for the day ahead. Spending time outside with nature is a proven way to improve your well-being.

reading6: Read

Do you usually put on the TV in the morning whilst eating your breakfast and getting ready? Most people do. But are you really listening to the TV? Maybe you’re distracted by something else whilst it plays in the background.
Try for a week reading a chapter of your book in the morning rather than switching on the TV or laptop. Studies have shown that people who take the time to read are more satisfied with their lives as opposed to those that don’t read at all. Let yourself get lost in a literary world when you first wake, awaken your brain and then get ready to embark on your own day’s adventure!

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7 ways to incorporate mindfulness in everyday life

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7 ways to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday lifestyle

The word Mindfulness is everywhere. You’d be forgiven in thinking that it is a fad that will come and go, but mindfulness is actually a state of mind that is centuries of years old and can have amazing benefits in your everyday life.

The practise of mindfulness is about being fully in the moment and being aware of every experience.

Mindful coupleIs this good for us? It really is. Increasing your mindfulness can have so many benefits to our health, including being happier, more relaxed and feeling in control. It can also help to impact our memory, aid in weight loss efforts, lessen anxiety and lower stress.

So how can I use mindfulness is my every day life?

Listed below are 7 ways you can start being mindful today and start experiencing the benefits of a focused, engaged brain.

1: Shut down the computer/ television/ phone.

Technology is at our fingertips 24/7 and is a fantastic advancement to daily living. However sometimes the technological noise can be so loud that it is easy to become and feel lost amongst all the buzz.
Try turing your devices off the next time you find yourself using them for no particular reason. Once they’re switched off, close you eyes and listen. Listen to hear what you can hear around you. Allow your mind to wander and to think about what you really want to focus on. Having this time to literally switch off will give your mind and eyes the break they need to re focus the direction of your day.

2: Talking with friends or family.

Sometimes, without even realising it, we drift off into our own thoughts when talking with others.
It could be that you have a lot on your mind but not listening completely is just a waste of both of your time.
Try to make sure you are fully engaged in your conversations. Listen to what the person is truly saying, allow them to finish their sentences and engage positively with them in your responses. This will allow your personal relationships to flourish, encourage friends or family to engage with you and also give you a real sense of purpose within social relationships.

3: Take time to smell the roses

mindfulness technique Next time you are outside, stop and take a moment to really notice what is around you. The world is an astonishing place and there is so much of nature to take in. However, our busy lifestyles and busy brains can be so preoccupied with other things that we don’t notice the beauty in front of us. Sometimes being outside in nature can be one of the most powerful ways to give your mind and body what you need. Seek out your sense of wonder and and give yourself that well earned mental reboot.
Have a look out to see what you can see. Perhaps some beautiful spring flowers? Maybe some newly born lambs? Some large trees swaying in the wind? The sea glistening in the sun? Whatever it is you see and notice, breathe in the fresh air and be thankful for this wonderful planet we live on.

4: Stop Multi tasking

Multi-tasking is the art of doing lots of things all at the same time. But is it really more productive? Today try doing everything on your to do list, one at a time. Focus all your attention on one task at hand and concentrate on doing it to the best of your ability. Once you’ve finished, move onto the next.
If you relax by watching a movie, reading a book or taking a bath, then make sure other forms of distraction, such as phones or computers, are out of the way. This way you’ll be fully engaged in what you’re doing and more likely to gain more from the activity. Allow yourself to fully feel the emotions from the movie or book. Notice which emotions you are experiencing and embrace them.

5: Try a little hypnosis

The art of mindfulness mediation has been practised for many years. Mediation has been shown to be an effective tool for managing anxiety, stress levels and depression.
It can take years to perfect the art of mindfulness mediation but using hypnosis to help is a fantastic way to experience the benefits. Hypnosis will allow your mind and body to enter a truly relaxed state by quieting your mind and promoting deep relaxation. This will then guide you through mediation. Making you more aware of the present moment during the session and afterwards.
Try my Mindfulness Mediation download to experience the benefits.

6: Mindful eating.

Midfulness eatingAgain, our busy lifestyles can be to blame for our fast eating habits. Sometimes being busy means that we rush through our food to get it out of the way and onto the next task at hand.
With your next dinner be mindful of the tastes you are experiencing. The different flavours, textures and sensations. Take you time to chew your food. Being mindful of your food will allow you to notice the signs your body gives you when it is feeling full and content. Therefore, this can have a great impact on stopping the action of over eating.

7: Be mindful in the shower

Perhaps you use the time in the shower to sing your favourite show tunes? Or are you rushed in the morning to get in and get out as quickly as possible to free up the bathroom?
Well next time you take a shower, take a moment to feel how the water feels on your skin. The warm water passing over you, the smell of your shower gel and what that does to your senses. The steam rising from the water. The softness of the towel.
Taking the time to focus on this activity will really refocus your mind on what is happening and be in the ‘now.’ You’ll leave the shower feeling mentally refreshed too.

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20 Motivational Quotes By Celebrities To Live By

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20 Celebrity quotes to live by when you need that extra boost of positivity in your life.

Some days are harder than others. Fact. We can do everything we are supposed to do to try and be positive and yet some days just really are hard. There is no shame in admitting that you are struggling. That you’re having a bad day. That you need a little extra support.
The truth is life can get out of our control. Things happen out of the blue to upset our day, stop our progression and halt our positive thinking.
It is during these times that thinking positively off our own accord can be trying, so i’ve put together a collection below of some very poignant quotes from well known celebrities to help you on those tougher days.
Save this article, bookmark these quotes, and the next time you are having ‘one of those days’ take a look back over these inspirational messages and remind yourself that everything will be good. You are exactly where you are meant to be and there is so much around you to be positive for.

1: Albert Einstein:

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

2: Jane Fonda:

It’s never too late to start over. Never too late to be happy

3: Arnold Schwarzenegger:

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

4: John Lennon:

My mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the question. I told them they didn’t understand life.

5: Audrey Hepburn:

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.

6: Charlie Chaplin:

Look up to the sky, you’ll never find rainbows if you’re looking down.

7: Steve Jobs:

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.

8: Martin Luther King JR:

If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. Whatever you do, just keep moving forward.

9: Robin Williams:

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.

10: Dolly Parton:

If you’re feeling low, don’t despair. The sun has a sinking spell every night, but comes back up every morning.

11: Michelle Obama:

History has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of it’s own.

12: Drew Barrymore:

I never regret anything, because every little detail is what made you into who you are.

13: Clint Eastwood:

Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self- respect leads to self discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.

14: Oprah Wimfrey:

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.

15: Eleanor Roosevelt:

The future belongs to those that believe in the beauty of their dreams.

16: Charles Darwin:

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change

17: Arthur Ashe:

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

18: Earl Nightingale:

We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.

19: Mark Twain:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

20: Helen Keller:

Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.

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7 Important Lessons On Happiness We Can Learn From Our Dogs

Man’s best friend, the dog. They provide us with so much joy, from their distinctive individual personalities to their ability to love their owner unconditionally. Wonderful creatures to watch. We can see why so many of us would like to be as happy as our pampered pooch!

It’s true. Dogs are well known to exude happiness, so what life lessons that we can learn from our canine friends?

1: Always greet others with a warm and friendly smile.

Dogs greet people with excitable wagging tails and a happy expression. They make the effort to come and say hello to new people and make contact.
Even if you are feeling low, greeting someone with a big smile will not only make them feel better but it will also lift your own mood!
Try it today and pass on a smile to everyone you encounter, I guarantee those that smile back will give you an instant mood lift!

2: Rest, nap and rest again

Dogs know how important sleep is, they understand that in order to run around outside they must nap and sleep to conserve their energy. Sometimes we humans can try to do everything without proper rest and recuperation which often leads to a burn out or illness.
Take a leaf of out our furry friends book and take some time to properly relax today.
Try setting aside half an hour to read a book, listen to a 30 minute hypnosis recording, or simply draw your curtains and give your self a 20 minute power nap. Once you’ve rested, you’ll have much more energy to get back to your tasks on hand.

3: Company is so important

Dogs don’t want to play alone when there are others around, they love to be close to their masters and always find time for a cuddle.
Sometimes, as humans, we can make the mistake of wanting happiness from material objects or possessions. Whereas true happiness comes from those we love.
Make time for social interaction today.
Pick up the phone to that friend you’ve not talked to in a while. Pop in for a cup of tea with a family member. Take time away from your desk to eat lunch with a colleague. Give someone you love a great big cuddle and tell them how much they mean to you.

4: Exercise

We all know how important it is for a dogs health and well being to take them out for regular walks so they get the exercise they need, but guess what? Exercise is super important for humans too.
It doesn’t really matter how, but you need to get moving. Whether you take a short walk, jog or take the time for a good stretch, you need to get your heart pumping and allow more oxygen to circulate through your body.
When you exercise your body also releases it’s ‘happy’ hormone, endorphins. These work in your brain to trigger positive feelings. They place your body in a state of euphoria, making you feel fantastic.

5: Every day is a brand new day

Dogs don’t hold grudges, or berate themselves over things that happened yesterday.
They take each new day as just that, a new start.
We should try to wake up each morning with positive affirmations for the day ahead and try not to worry about the past that we can not change.
Find some examples of positive affirmations here

6: Don’t take yourself too seriously

Dogs are not self-conscious, they don’t worry about how the look when jumping into the river to get that stick. They aren’t worried about what other dogs think of them if they gain weight/ lose weight/ have a bad hair day/ make a fool of themselves or bark at the wrong tree.
Sometimes, as a human, it is very easy to get consumed in oneself and put unnecessary pressures on ourselves.
We think we should look and act in a certain way to be accepted and loved by everyone. In reality, what we must do for our own happiness, is to look and act in the way that makes ourselves happy. Be yourself, believe in yourself and watch your confidence grow.

If you are struggling to find your inner confidence, perhaps try my hypnosis recording- Believe In Yourself.
Believe In Yourself is a powerful download of hypnosis. It can help you stop self doubt and feel more confident.
The hypnosis works by eliminating the negative messages in your subconscious. These can really undermine your confidence. The hypnosis then provides confidence boosting messages to your subconscious that are uplifting and inspiring.

7: Dig and then keep digging!

Notice how dogs love to dig for treasure? Even if on the surface they can’t see what they’re looking for they will keep digging.

Sometimes we don’t dig enough. We know we want something from life but it can look like hard work, too strenuous or impossible, so we give up.
Don’t give up when the going gets tough, know what you want and be confident in your actions to go after it.

 

Use these 7 tips of happiness from our canine friends to increase your own happiness today!

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The 20 Day Stress Relief Challenge

Your 20 day stress relief challenge:

There are 20 stress relieving activities listed below, one for each day over the next 20 days.

Set yourself the challenge to complete one of these each day and notice how much more positive you’ll be feeling!

 

1: Try Yoga– Maybe head to a class or watch an online video. Try to concentrate on the moves and your breathing whilst practising the yoga.

2: Listen to your favourite song– Put on some music, it doesn’t matter what genre, just pop on something you enjoy listening too…. and relax. Or dance around!

3: Go for a walk outside– If it’s raining grab an umbrella, if it’s sunny take your sunglasses. Get outside and enjoy the noises you hear from all around you.

4: Have a hot bath– Take some time for yourself, run the hot bath and allow yourself the time to relax.

5: Dance– Find a really upbeat song and start dancing. It might be around your kitchen, in your garden or maybe at a dance class. Get your muscles moving and your heart pumping.

6: Mediate– Take 20 minutes to sit comfortably, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Try to empty your mind of thoughts. Just relax.

7: Meet a friend– Schedule a catch up with a friend or family member. Even if just for 20 minutes over a cup of tea. Listen to their news, tell them yours and enjoy the company.

8: Recite positive affirmations– Reminding yourself of positive thoughts and feelings is great to focus the mind on what you want to achieve. Check here for some affirmation examples to use.

9: Try a colouring book– Adult colouring books aren’t just a novelty, they have been scientifically proven to calm and reduce stress.

10: Use hypnosis– Using self hypnosis daily will equip your brain with the most positive tools to face stressful situations with more ease, calmness and confidence.11: Breathe- Breathe in for three counts, hold for two and breathe out for 4 counts. Sometimes we forget to focus on our breath when feeling stressed. This can really help to relax you and lower your blood pressure. Take a look through the Hypnotherapy MP3‘s I offer. A question that people often ask around hypnosis / self hypnosis and all things hypnotherapy, is whether it works for everyone. Mark Bowden has written an article about this, which can be found by clicking the following, does hypnotherapy work for everyone?

12: Read a book– Put that phone/ i-Pad/ laptop away for the evening. Make yourself a hot drink and immerse yourself into a good book that you’ve been wanting to read for a while.

13: Go for a jog-During exercise our bodies produce mood boosting chemicals called Endorphins. These work in your brain to trigger positive feelings. They place your body in a state of euphoria.

14: Write down three good things that have happened today– Think about your day and note down three good things that have happened to you today. Remind yourself of the good that is all around you.

15: Complete a crossword– Channel your brain power to focus on a task at hand.

16: Laugh– Improve your mood and literally laugh your worries away. Watch something funny and you’ll distract your mind.

17: Eat mindfully– Think about your food choices today. Try to be mindful and make healthy food choice that will benefit your body and provide it with the nutrients it needs.

18: Call a loved one– Pick up your phone and take the time to catch up with a friend or relative. You may also be making their day better in doing so.

19: Hug yourself– A hug is such a powerful action. Hug yourself. Stretch your arms around your back and drop your shoulders. This will stretch the muscles in the tops of your shoulders. A common place for people to carry stress in their bodies.

20: Try something new– Well done, 20 days of this challenge! Time to set yourself a new one! Try a new activity or hobby. Or continue with one of these suggestions for the longer term.

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10 Ways To Feel Instantly Happier

Today is International Happiness day and in honour of this wonderful celebratory day I have complied a list of ways you can make yourself feel instantly happier. Try these tips over the next week and see just how it affects your mood and adds a positive outlook on life.

1: Be Kind

Kindness is something that is beneficial to all of us all. We live in a modern world where we have access to lots of technology that is designed to give us more time and yet for some unknown reason we seem to have less and less time available.
This can cause anxious feelings, stress and nervous dispositions in us all and being so busy sometimes can mean we forget who may need our help around us.

Today, try to make some time to give something back to someone. Perhaps it’s a phone call to a relative that you keep meaning to make, or maybe popping by to give a friend a long overdue hug. Perhaps you’ll help someone cross the road or carry someones bags who looks in need.

There are many ways to spread some kindness. You’ll notice how instantly you’ll feel better in yourself after doing the good deed, and relish in that.

2: Write down what you’re thankful for


Some days it can feel like it’s very hard to find the good, especially if you’ve had a really tough day, however, there will be good things happening around you and if you start noticing these then you are on a fast tracked course to feeling happier.

To begin with try writing down each evening 3 good things that you experienced that day. This can be anything, something that made you smile, feel good about yourself, a story you heard that made you feel better about the world. Make a conscious effort to do this every night for two weeks. At the end of the two weeks look back at your list. You’ll notice how much you had to be thankful for. The point of this exercise is to train the brain to start noticing the good all around you, and by creating a habit of this, you’ll be noticing the good daily without having to write it down.

3: Smile

You know the phrase ‘fake it until you make it’? Well a great example which shows this to be true is the affect smiling has on us.

If you smile, even when you aren’t feeling particularly happy the act of smiling activates neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin and endorphins which send messages that reduce stress and act as natural anti depressant.

We also know that smiling is contagious. The next time you pass by someone that looks down, flash them a smile and watch as they then smile back. It’s a guaranteed mood lifter!

4: Exercise

Have you ever had that feeling of dread before a workout, felt like you can’t wait for it to be over then as soon as it’s finished realise you feel fantastic and are so glad you found the motivation to complete it. Well that’s because one of your happy hormones was working hard whilst you were working out. During exercise our bodies produce mood boosting chemicals called Endorphins which place the body in a state of euphoria.

Some of us prefer a brisk walk outside in the fresh air, a dance around the kitchen to some of your favourite songs or a full blown high intensity workout. Whatever is your preference get moving, work to get your heart pumping and your energy levels rising. It is recommend that 20 minutes of each day are assigned to physical activity.

5: Make some plans

It’s so wonderful to have exciting things to look forward to. Experience creates more happiness within us than things do which is why studies have shown the anticipation of an experience brought more happiness than the anticipation to buy new things.

By having something to look forward to we enjoy the build up to the event, then the enjoyment in the event itself, followed by the enjoyment experienced by reflecting on the event.

Take a look at your plans for the coming month, and make sure you have events scheduled in that make you excited. Then start thinking about them to build the anticipation!

6: Eat Well

We know which foods are good for us, but did you know that certain foods are actually great for boosting our moods and increasing our happiness?

Greek yoghurt is an excellent source of calcium which alerts your brain to release feel good neuro-transmitters. Asparagus is full of tryptophan, which creates serotonin, one of your primary mood regulating hormones.

Dark chocolate is also a fantastic source of instant mood boost. Pure cocoa improves concentration and blood flow to your brain which helps you feel more energised.

7: Get more sleep

Make sure you are getting enough sleep at night. A few bad nights sleep can wreak havoc on our waking lives. Try to stay away from stimulants like coffee, alcohol and energy drinks too close to bedtime to avoid interrupted sleep.

The age we live in also is fantastic for technology and information at our fingertips but not so good for our sleep patterns. The lights from screens on our mobile phones, tablets and e readers can really interrupt our sleep. Try picking up that paper back book you want to read. Maybe have a bath in the hour leading up to bedtime to relax yourself. Have that time away from the screens before turning out the lights.

8: Practise the art of ‘Letting go’

When you have experienced something negative in your life which has left you feeling unhappy it can be hard to let it go. The key to feeling happier is exactly that. You must learn to release negative emotions from painful memories and allow positive interaction to flood your life. Rather than holding a grudge and feeling bitter about an experience, learn to accept what happened and move on.

Make the choice to forgive those that have hurt you and take yourself away from painful situations that bring you down.

9: Relax

Life can get very busy, there can be lists upon lists of things you need to get done. Have you ever been so busy and distracted that you forgot to eat properly? Or got into bed realising that you didn’t take a break all day? It is so important for our well being to take time to look after ourselves. Today, make sure you set aside 30 minutes to focus on you. Perhaps a little meditation, listen to a hypnosis download, read a book or have a bath. Try not to let anything distract you within this 30 minutes and try again tomorrow to do the same.

Soon you’ll factor in ‘you’ time into your diary and realise it is just as important as all of the other appointments you have.

10: Try something new

As humans we are fantastic learners, and learning needn’t stop at school. Expose yourself to a new hobby, interest or idea. Learning keeps us curious and engaged with the world around us. It also can massively boost our self confidence as well as giving us a huge sense of accomplishment leading to happiness.

 

Increase your happiness with self hypnosis today!