How to be instantly happy

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” J. Johnson

Today, things didn’t go as planned so I felt a little low.  In the morning, I developed a headache which became worse throughout the day.  In the afternoon, I finally decided to go outside for a walk, and ran into a friend.  We chatted,  exchanged some amusing anecdotes, and were soon bursting with laughter.  My headache vanished.  Coincidence?

Being happy is a reflection of your mind body connection.  According to Glenda Feilen, when you shift  your posture from slouching to sitting upright, with your shoulders held back, this creates the physical stance of someone who’s laughing.  If you’re feeling down, this posture will trick your mind into thinking you’re happy.

Science has documented how laughing changes your chemistry.  Your feel-good endorphins become activated.  Taken one step further, Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary psychologist at Oxford, published research on how laughing increases pain resistance.

Laughter can be powerful medicine.  Some believe that laughter can help you:

• Heal injuries more quickly
• Recover from surgery more rapidly
• Fight infection more effectively
• Reduce the perception of pain
• Reduce or eliminate symptoms of depression
• Feel better about being alive

Be Prepared
Generally, we’re unhappy when we don’t feel good about ourselves.  When we don’t feel good emotionally, our immune system weakens.  To counter this, when things are going very well, take note of what’s working. Look for evidence and document what you do very well and what makes you feel good about yourself.
When you’re not happy, increase your awareness and list what things you are focusing on.  Compare this to your list of what has worked well in your past and shift your focus back to these things.
To get happy quickly, sit up straight, with your shoulders back, and watch this video:

 

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