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5 Tips for Inner Happiness

This Sunday is Valentine’s Day—the unofficial “day of love” for millions of people around the world. And while many of us may enjoy giving gifts to a spouse or significant other on Valentine’s Day, it’s also a good time to show a little love to ourselves. Whether it’s tackling an item on your bucket list or just dwelling on your blessings for a few minutes, you can improve your health as well as your mood by taking time for you. Here are five ways to get started:

1Experience gratitude. Studies have shown that when we focus specifically on what we have to be grateful for, our mood, well-being and even sleep can improve. Consider journaling in a gratitude diary every day for three weeks, and notice the benefits of a more positive mood and increased satisfaction with life.

2Express your emotions. Shared feelings are the basis of friendships, romantic partnerships and fruitful working relationships. According to Dr. Faizal H. Sahukhan, national communications director for the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association, “Effective communication solidifies a relationship. Expressing our feelings in an open and nonjudgmental environment leads to bonding and a heightened sense of intimacy, a connection with other people.”

3Be positive. Our outlook can make a big difference in the way we feel, physically and emotionally. And our words and self-talk can play a major role in our outlook. Says trainer Dee Britton, “When we speak negatively, we stay stuck where we are. Instead of saying things like, ‘I’m too tired to exercise,’ say, ‘When I exercise, I feel better and gain more energy.’ ”

4Stay in touch. A Brigham Young University study found that people with strong social networks are 50% more likely to outlive those with fewer ties. Additionally, research indicates that the cognitive activity required to interact socially may help your mind stay sharp, which is especially important as we age.

5Be kind to your body. It may sound simple, but taking care of our bodies is an often-overlooked secret for being at our best. Get plenty of fresh air and breathe it in deeply. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and aim for a colorful variety of food on your plate at every meal. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water every day to flush out toxins. And don’t skimp on sleep—your body will thank you.

comment_2What tips can you recommend for inner happiness? We’d love to hear them—just leave us a note in the comment section!

Resources:
Care2: 4 Scientifically Proven Tips to Improve Your Happiness
Psychology Today: How Gratitude Leads to a Happier Life
Mind Body Green: 15 Simple Tips to Balance Your Mind, Body & Soul
Body+Soul: 20 ways to a healthy new year
Oprah: 4 Simple Health Rules to Boost Your Body and Soul at Any Age
PLOS: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
North Okanagan Counseling: Express Your Emotions

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Sandra Shove
Sandra Shove
6 years ago

One thing that brings inner peace for me is to make time to do things that I like to do. I love art. I do something creative, several times during the week; I’m basically a happy camper.

Pat Hunsucker
Pat Hunsucker
6 years ago

I’m happiest with honest people. Even if a little negative the truth is the only way to keep building on our relationships. I don’t mean criticism or opinions, just the truth.

Hope Beach
Hope Beach
6 years ago

I need to learn to say this more. I have great friends that are helping me with this.

Gingi Freeman
Gingi Freeman
4 years ago

Great tips, I found that I was WAY happier when I kept a “thankful journal” over Thanksgiving! Might not be a bad idea to do it ALL year round!

Rules of Uno
Rules of Uno
2 years ago

awesome information thanks for sharing