Welcome to another edition of “It’s Sun Day: Your Day to Shine”
If you have as much fun, as I did bringing this together, you’re in for a real treat.
The theme for today is: Happiness.
Some people believe that happiness is a destination though it is actually a choice. Each day we can focus on the things that bring us happiness or the things that bring us sorrow.
John Lennon’s quote says it all: “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
Being happy is not just about feeling good. Research shows that it also makes us healthier, more productive and a much nicer person to be around.
Have fun with this. Enjoy your Sun Day. Be Happy Today and All Days!
Let’s Be HAPPY Now
Happiness relates to how we feel, but it is more than just a passing mood. We are emotional beings and experience a wide range of feelings on a daily basis.
Negative emotions – such as fear and anger – help us to get away from danger or defend ourselves. And positive emotions – such as enjoyment and hope – help us to connect with others and build our capacity to cope when things go wrong.
Living a happy life is not about denying negative emotions or pretending to feel joyful all the time. We all encounter adversity and it’s completely natural for us to feel anger, sadness, frustration and other negative emotions as a result. To suggest otherwise would be to deny part of the human condition.
Happiness is about being able to make the most of the good times – but also to cope effectively with the inevitable bad times, in order to experience the best possible life overall.
And the good news is that Happiness, is infectious.
With this in mind, let’s look at a four easy to introduce ideas that you could start practising today and bring more Happiness into your life…………. and your loved ones!
#1. Smile More
Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural painkillers, and serotonin. Together these three neurotransmitters make us feel good from head to toe. Not only do these natural chemicals elevate your mood, but they also relax your body and reduce physical pain. Start each day with a simple smile.
#2. Plan a Holiday
Anticipation is a very powerful way for us to boost our endorphins and happiness. One study showed that the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness by 27%, whereas, after the vacation, happiness quickly dropped back to baseline levels. To counteract this, always be planning short get-aways.
#3. Practice Gratitude
Study after study have proven that a ‘Gratitude practice’ will increase participants’ happiness and life satisfaction while decreasing depressive symptoms. Have you started your daily Gratitude Practice?
#4. Bring a Positive Attitude
Each day you get to choose the way that you look at things. The more you see the positive in things, the happier you will be.
It really is that simple. Are you ready to let go of past loss and disappointments and begin to focus on you greater well-being?
And that’s a WRAP for Sun Day the 11th of April 2021: Your Day to Shine.
I hope that your week is filled with Happiness, Love, Joy.
Make every day Meaningful Memorable and Magical.
Stay well and always remember that there is great love here for you.
With Love and Gratitude