16 October, 2014

Hello Happiness!

If you are feeling a little down, don't be -
 research shows that there are easy ways to boost your mood! 

Here are 7 tricks to try:

1. Don't dwell.  
Rumination—whether rehashing things from the past or worrying about the future—worsens and lengthens periods of depression and can make everyday bad moods more intense. Break the bad mood cycle by doing something constructive: Go for a run, get a manicure, hang out with your friends or kids—and really get into whatever you're doing.

2. Act the part. 
 "If you want to be happy, practice compassion," preaches the Dalai Lama.


3. Get healthy.  
Exercise that is rhythmic, repetitive, noncompetitive, and involves diaphragmatic breathing yields the biggest mental payoff. Yoga has the additional benefit of increasing levels of GABA (a neurotransmitter associated with happy, calm feelings) and lowering levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress.

4. Eat Well
And it turns out that one of the best oral antidepressants doesn't require a prescription: eat monosaturated fats (like avocado, olive oil, and nuts) and oily, cold-water fish (like salmon) three times a week (or take a fish-oil supplement, otherwise known as Omega-3 Fatty Acids). Almost everyone in our society is deficient in fish oil, which has powerful effects on brain function and mood.


5. Play music. 
Music affects the 'pleasure' centre of the brain and can lift your spirits.

6. Buy flowers. 
 Studies show that flowers make us less anxious, less depressed, more compassionate at home, and more enthusiastic at work. 

7. Be optimistic. 
 Scientists who study positive psychology believe that a little delusion—ie. actually doing a little magical thinking—can actually go a long way toward making us happier, healthier, and far more successful.  


Melissah xox
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Angella said...

I can't tell you how much I love this!! Definitely bookmarking it and also forwarding to a friend. Thank you!!!

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