Monday Morning Mojo: Happiness is a Choice
Here are three tips you can use to enjoy more happiness in your life:
- Practice Gratitude
Being mindful of thankfulness and gratitude is actually a scientific means of increasing happiness and it’s completely in your control.
People who operate from a position of gratitude tend to appreciate simple pleasures, defined as "those pleasures in life that are available to most people," according to a report in the journal of Social Behavior and Personality.
- Let Yourself Be Happy
Bronnie Ware is a nurse who spent years working with elderly people on their deathbeds. From her experience, she determined that there was a common thread among her patients at the end of their lives: They regretted not "letting" themselves be happy.
Ware is the author of The Top Five Regrets Of The Dying, a Huffington Post blog. In it she wrote:
“Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called 'comfort' of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again ... Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.”
- Show Some Compassion
If you want to get your brain to focus on happiness, try meditating on compassion. Brain-scanning studies on French monk Matthieu Ricard found that when he was practicing loving-kindness meditation, his brain produced gamma waves "never reported before in the neuroscience literature." Not surprisingly, Ricard has the most capacity for happiness ever recorded.
“Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree but it completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are,” Ricard told the New York Daily News.
Choose, today, to be happy. It’s all in your control.