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Cook the Blues Away

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Ever heard the term “cooking with love”? In the constant rat race of life, we may often take a break from our daily responsibilities, let our hair down, go out to dinner at our favorite restaurant and consider it a treat for all our adult hard work. Stanford doctor, Dr. Kelly McGonigal mentions the results of a study that points out how women are significantly happier and less stressed after eating a meal at home. So, the next time you want to unwind and put a smile on your family’s face at the same time, turn on some music and hit the kitchen.

Read more about how cooking at home makes you happier here.

Happiness and Pets

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The saying that a dog is a man’s best friend may apply to more aspects of life than you think. Sometimes taking the magnifying glass off of your own problems is exactly what you need and what better way to do it then caring for a pet that loves you unconditionally. According to an article in Psychology Today, pet owners exhibited greater self-esteem, were more physically fit, were less lonely, were more conscientious, were more socially outgoing, and had healthier relationship styles. So, who wants a new pet?

Read more about how pets make us happier here.

Meditation Moments

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Taking a moment to slow down and check in with yourself is much easier said than done at times in this busy rat race we call life. However, if you can find 10 minutes in your day to do something that would help increase your blood flow, give you a boost of energy and increase your happiness, meditation would be it. Give these few simple steps a try.

How to meditate: Simple meditation for beginners

  1. Sit or lie comfortably. You may even want to invest in a meditation chair.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
  4. Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation.

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Work and Happiness DO mix…

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Work can often be a trigger to unhappiness for most people. Issues such as lack of proper sleep, overwhelming work load or unappreciated efforts can all influence your happiness and how well you perform in the workplace. Think about this, the happier you are the better you will perform, right? Here are a few tips to helping turn that work frown upside down and get on the good foot in the workplace.

Get a little dirty to get a lot of happy

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Working with your hands can be both relaxing and rewarding. Many people understand and enjoy the benefits of being out in the elements and getting a chance to stop, breathe and bond with the Earth. When it comes to nature and happiness, many may overlook gardening and its many benefits. Gardening has been proven to: Reduce stress, Build self-esteem, Improve heart health, Boost brain function and even help with immune regulation. Don’t believe me? Click here.

Happiness and Positive Affirmations

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Happiness starts with you. Taking a moment to reassure yourself of just how AWESOME you are is the least you could do, right? Positive affirmations lead to positive thinking and positive thinking leads to positive actions. Now ask yourself “How can three positives equal anything negative?”. Post a few of these simple quotes on your bathroom mirror or set it as a happy reminder in your phone to help add a little pep to your step each day.

Happiness and Springtime

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Yay, warmer days have arrived! There is no time like the present to put the dog days of winter behind us and let the good times roll. Springtime is the perfect time to grab your best bud and shake off some of that winter drab and get Springtime FAB! Sunshine equals fun times for all.

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Happiness and Taking Risks

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Helen Keller once said “ Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Taking risks in a quest to find peace, happiness, and enlightenment can prove to be more attainable then many may think.

Learn more about one woman who took a big risk by achieving her goal to travel to every country in the world by clicking here.

Happiness and Human Communication

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The majority of the world depends on technology daily, this is a fact. As humans we can get lost in the instant gratification that technology brings so we must remember to make time and nurture the dying art of human communication. It is no surprise that cell phone usage has been linked to loneliness so, the next time you can, instead of text, email or call, just take a moment to just sit and chat with a friend.

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