Thursday, 13 September 2012


Happiness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Feeling down, down hearted, dissappointed, feeling sorrow, miserable, depressed?  

All these words mean the same and it spells "Unhappiness.."

Everyone wants to be happy yet some are not or just don't know how to be happy.  The good news is, it is possible to be happy.

Here are 10 ways to attain happiness.


Happiness tip no. 1

Happiness (1998 film)
Happiness (1998 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Comedy movies are created to make us laugh. It brings back the cheerfulness and it is true that laughter is the best medicine for people who are down in the dumps.  

Laughing heartily produces happy hormones called endorphins that boosts your mood and makes you feel good.  Not only that, laughing out loud releases pent-up emotions.  
Researcher have also found that laughing actually burns calories and keeps your heart and lungs healthy. 
So, the next time you feel your mood sliding, pop a comedy DVD and put you back into high spirits.

Happiness Tip No. 2

Not only we should eat to live, we should also eat and be happy.
If you are most of the time feeling moody or if your friend were to ask you, "Why are you always feeling so down?" it could be that you are not getting enough nutrients.  

Happy Tomatoes

Researchers have found that people who have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for good brain health are at higher risk to suffer from depression and having negative thoughts.  Another research has also found that taking B vitamin supplements could also help to treat depression.
So, you literary eat the blues away with regular consumption  of these foods.

Happiness Tip No. 3
Vitamin D deficiencies have been known to cause mood disorders and depression.  You can take supplements or foods that are high in Vitamin D such as shitake mushrooms, cod fish, tuna fish, salmon, eggs, and cod liver oil.  

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 Sunshine every day!(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The simplest way to get Vitamin D into our body is just spend 10 to 15 minutes outdoors between 8 am to 10 am when the sun has not reached it's peak as we are living in a hot climate country like Malaysia.  

For countries that only get their sunshine during the summer, 10 to 15 minutes out in the sun 2 to 3 times a week would be sufficient.

Happiness Tip No. 4

Exercise machine
Flex your muscles and break a sweat to chase the blues away.  

In other words, hit the gym or go for a brisk walk or jog.  When you exercise, your body will release chemicals in the brain such as endorphines and anandamide which can gives you a natural high leaving you feeling great.  
Your confidence level will also improve which in turn will bring back your self-esteem.

Happiness Tip No. 5
Massage in Frankfurt, Germany
Massage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Try aromatherapy massage which helps to relax your body by using oils.  

When you relax, a feeling of well being will wash over you and brings relieve to depression.  Good essential oils that will uplift your spirit include bergamot, geranium, neroli and jasmine.

Try adding a few drops of these oils to water and use an oil burner to release the scent, or purchase a room spray that contains these oils.

Happiness Tip No. 6

Challenge yourself regularly with something new or that you fear.  

Depression (emotion )

 (Photo credit: Andreas-photography)

That is to say that you will not put yourself in harms way to do the challenge.  For example, you have a fear of water.  Take the bull by the horns and overcome this fear by taking swimming lessons.  

Or you are interested in someone but do not have the courage to talk to them.  Take the first step and go up to that person to say hello.

Once you take action to conquer your fears, you will have a rush of endorphines coursing through your blood vessels and this will give you confidence.  You will find that you are able to achieve your dreams as your confidence grow.

Happiness Tip No. 7
Happiness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When in doubt or feeling depress, talk to someone who you can trust.  

Open up to a close friend or a counsellor or even a doctor if you think you may be suffering from depression.  It is important to realise that you are not alone and there are people out there who can help you.  

By voicing out and talking to someone about your feelings can help you see that the problems are not as bad as you think and prevent you from feeling  overwhelmed.

Happiness Tip No. 8
Reward yourself with a treat when you achieve a milestone.  

Better still, share your success with friends or family.  Confidence is built on the right decisions that make  you feel excited, happy and satisfied. 
Keep a diary or list down all the positive things and goals reached in your life.  Read it every now and then to remind you that you have become a better person because of it.
If you are not the type to keep a journal, recall all the feel good memories you had in the past that will bring a smile to your face.  When you constantly reinforce your thoughts of positive events, you will naturally feel happy.

Happiness mind-map
Happiness mind-map (Photo credit: EEPaul)

Happiness Tip No. 9

Volunteer to do charity work.  Donate in cash or kind. Giving is much better that receiving.  

Charity work(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When you make someone else who is less fortunate than you happy, your own happiness will increase because you will have a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Happiness Tip No. 10

Make a plan, have a goal and take positive actions.

By visualizing your goals and in the process of turning them into a reality keeps you focus , reignite your passion for life and increases your excitement for the future.
The key is start with smaller goals that are achievable.  Once you have done it, move on to a bigger task because then you are ready to face any hurdles that will come your way and you will be sure to succeed.  

English: Robert Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions
Wheel of Emotions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you fail and most of us do, be persistent.  Get up and go at it again.  You will  have gained new experiences to do better on the next round.

My next topic for discussion is, "The Health Benefits of Love."

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One little kitten,
Looking at his paw.
Second little kitten,
Standing watch in awe.
Third little kitten,
Don't know what he saw.

He's staring at the Kitty,
The kitty that is in awe,
The third little kitty,
I think that is what he saw.

Thanks for looking and taking the time to read my blog.  Until my next post,

"Here's To Your Health!"

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