3 Easy Steps to Greater Happiness
You deserve to be happy, but there are days when it’s easy to get sucked into negativity and despair. When nothing seems to go your way. When the craziness around you starts to influence your own thoughts. When you wish you were as awesome as so and so…
There are a few simple strategies that you can implement today to start increasing your levels of happiness. Everyday is a new opportunity for growth and today you can choose to honor your right to whole hearted happiness.
1. Let Go of Perfection
I like to call myself a "recovering perfectionist". It's what happens when you cross a type A personality with the Not Good Enough tape that we have all seemed to have picked up in our lives. Perfectionism drove my health and happiness to the grave.
When you expect perfection, you are totally setting yourself up for disappointment. Every. Single. Time. Because there is no such this as perfect, and thinking you need to be is just setting yourself up for failure. Or worse, for not even starting. It's what the Buddhist call "The Hungry Ghost". Always elusively searching for something more and unattainable.
I would have loved to have been taught at a young age that on the road of life, there will be potholes, cracks in the pavement and distractions on the sidelines. This is completely normal and natural. And totally OKAY. Judging yourself too harshly for not being perfect is a major happiness killer.
2. Eat More Fermented Foods and Probiotics
Let's talk a bit about the Gut-Brain Connection to happiness...
Fermented foods might not seem to have much to do with happiness from the outside but on the inside they make a huge difference. By adding probiotic rich foods like sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, miso, yogurt and kombucha into your diet, you’ll strengthen your body’s ability to produce serotonin, the happy hormone.
Serotonin is produced in large amounts in the gut, but when our gut bacteria isn’t healthy, our body’s have a hard time producing serotonin and transporting it to our brains.
The gut is often referred to as the second brain and for good reason. A balanced probiotic rich gut makes it easy to produce hormones that flood the brain with positive feelings. Recent studies are even looking to probiotics as a way to treat depression and anxiety!
3. Watch Your Thoughts
Thoughts are wonderful and wicked at the same time. They can build you up or they can hold you back from taking action towards what you want.
The only way to really know what’s going on in your own head is to sit down and watch the movie that only you can see. Through the daily practice of sitting down and watching the thoughts pass through you without judgement you can start to understand yourself better.
This is a place where massive growth happens. If you notice a lot of negative self-talk you can consciously take action to switch it around. This one action alone, even for just a few minutes a day, can increase your happiness and decrease your stress tenfold.
If you’re seriously interested in getting healthy, restoring your body and getting your health and happiness back on track, I would love to connect with me for an initial consultation.
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To your health & happiness,