Take Control of Your Own Happiness
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How can you take control of your own happiness? The mind/body connection is a powerful connection and by understanding how your body’s actions are connected to your thoughts and feelings, you will start to understand how your body gestures can command your happiness. Emotions show through our bodily sensations or reactions. At times, emotions creep up so quickly and naturally that it feels nearly impossible to control them. However, there is the possibility to control your emotions. First, you have to become aware of them. Emotional awareness is a step towards understanding the physiology related to happiness. Do you have ‘butterflies’ in your stomach when anxious? Have you ever felt a lump in your throat, a shiver or trembling in your hands when scared? Can you sense your teeth clenching or redness in your face when angered? Although these physiological responses might happen naturally, there are others you can do to ‘fake’ your happiness. Whatever you do, take control of your own happiness.
Physiology and Our Emotions
In 2013, Finnish researchers studied different emotions and the body’s responses. This research probed 701 participants to experience various emotions. Then, the researchers asked them to color in a body map of where they felt a marked increase or decrease in activity due to feeling the emotion. (Nummenmaa et al., 2013). See the images below of the findings: Read more
Imagine Instant Happiness
As you know, most of what I do is promote happiness. There are easy and simple ways to imagine instant happiness on a daily basis. We can maintain happiness by using a certain set of skills through imagery. When you take action on a daily basis to promote happiness, you become more effective, productive and all around more interested in life. We can be kind to others, buy a special gift for someone, exercise or meditate to promote happiness. We can also use imagery or visualization to obtain instant happiness. This type of exercise, referred to as ‘anchoring’ helps you imagine instant happiness.
Anchor Your Happiness
What if you could take a pill to be happy? Well some people do, thanks to our pharmaceutical companies. But did you know that there is a way to push a button and become happier? Anchoring your happiness is a way to do this. When you anchor your happiness you are able to bring your memory back to a happy or safe place. Through this set of exercises, you will see that happiness is all within your mind and by using this simple trick, your body and your mind can work together towards happiness.
1. Think of Your Happy Place
What is your anchor? What provides you with stability, security and safety or in essence, happiness? First thing is first, think of your happy place. When you close your eyes, where you do you identify as a place that brings you peace and happiness? For some it is the beach, a harmonious home, a backyard or a place where he/she grew up. By doing this, you are encouraged to remember the smell, sights, sounds and other various details of this place. Close your eyes and focus on these types of details to help harness your inner happiness. Read more