Happiness is what we decide it to be. Often, we say or think we can be happy “if”-If I can do this, if this would change or if I could get that. Instead of waiting, it may be more beneficial to practice happiness every day. Try the following:
1. Morning Gratitude-Before you get out of bed express gratitude for the day and the opportunities that await you. Know that whatever happens that day is exactly what is needed. Set your intention that the day be filled with love and light or peace and harmony, or joyful smiles, or compassion, or whatever you wish to notice in yourself and others that day.
2. Mindful Stretching-5 minutes of stretching with mindful breathing in the morning gently helps your whole system wake, get moving and be prepared to start the day in a more energetic and efficient way. Really, just 5 minutes (of course, you can do more if you’d like)!
3. Notice Nature-Take a minute a few times each day and notice something in nature. It does not need to be unusual, just whatever catches your attention. Allow yourself to really take this in for that one minute. This is a great way to take a break and reminds you that you are connected to something larger. This also helps us to notice the beauty that is in the simple things that are around us all the time.
4. Learn Something-Be curious! Learn something new each day even if the fact seems trivial or insignificant. The point is to find a new fact about what you already know or about something totally new.
5. Share Compassion-Be compassionate with yourself and others. Recognize that everyone is doing the best they can in each moment, every day. We can’t totally understand another person and everything that is moving them, so we waste our energy and send out negativity when we judge them.
6. Provide Loving Care-Give love and care to someone or something that needs you. We feel good and learn more about ourselves through these actions.
7. Nightly Intention-Our brains can keep us from having a restful night. When you are lying in bed imagine yourself in a place that you are relaxed. This may be a place you have been to (the beach, a cabin in the woods) or a place you create in your mind. Imagine you are there and what you are doing that is relaxing. Notice what is in the environment that is relaxing. If your brain wanders to other things, think “no thank you” and return to your relaxed place. This gives your brain permission to rest through the night, which helps your body be relaxed and allows you have a more restful sleep and a more refreshed energy in the morning.
Please send comments or questions to Rosemary at firstname.lastname@example.org Rosemary is a homeopath and the coordinator of the annual Cazenovia Healing and Wellness Fair. For more information go to www.cazhealing.webs.com