Why try to be happy?If you aren’t sure if it’s worth the effort to be happy, let me give you a WIIFM (What’s In It For Me.) Well first off, researchers from Warwick University in England found that happier workers were 12% more productive than average and unhappier workers were 10% less productive than average. Researchers from the University College London found that happier people have greater protection against heart disease and stroke. A study in Milwaukee that the happiest people lived nine years longer than the least happy ones. So by being happy, not only will you enjoy life more, you will be more productive, you will be healthier and you will probably live longer.
Guess how much of amount of your happiness that is caused by what you do? (a) 0% (b) 25% (c) 50% If you answered 50% give yourself a gold star. In case you are wondering, 40% of the rest of your happiness comes from simply deciding to be happy. Now guess how many of your daily actions are habits? (a) 10% (b) 20% (c) 40% The correct answer is C. At least 40% of what we do every day is a habit. Imagine what would happen if some of those habits also happened to be actions that contributed to your happiness! You could be automatically happy every day!! The following actions have been found by researchers to scientifically make people happier. Exercise. Exercise gets your endorphins flowing. Endorphins are a natural chemical that your body releases that fees a lot like morphine. Scientists have found that the happiest people exercise on a regular basis. Not only does exercise make you happy though, recent research suggests it improves health too! The great thing about exercise is it comes in many for…
The importance of mornings
How you start your day sets the tone for the rest of it. Most of us rely on our habits in the morning to get going before we are fully awake. Your morning habits can either set you up for success or they can sabotage you. If you wake up late and have to rush out the door you are going to begin your workday frazzled. If you get a leisurely start and have time for a good breakfast you will bounce in to work full of energy and ready to take on the world!
Here are 5 bad habits to consider changing.
Snoozing your alarm
You know the story, your alarm goes off but you don’t want to get up yet – so you snooze it. The problem is going back to sleep messes up your REM sleep by starting a new sleep cycle and then having to wake up 10 minutes in to it. This leads to grogginess that can take hours to get rid of.
Get in to the habit of getting up as soon as your alarm goes off.
What is the first thing you drink in the morning? If you are like most people i…
Here are 25 proven ways to boost your mood. Drink a glass of water as soon as you get up in the morning to start rehydrating your body.Eat meals at the same time everyday to maintain consistent blood sugar levels.Have protein for breakfast to give yourself good fuel to start the day.Reduce your caffeine intake to control your hydration.Choose water over sugary drinks to maintain your blood sugar level.Eat whole grains instead of white bread/pasta to limit your sugar intake.Include fruit and veg with every meal to help keep you healthy.Avoid eating an hour before bed to help your sleep.Do bodyweight exercises like planks daily to strengthen your core.Go for a walk every day to get some vitamin D.Do jumping jacks daily to maintain your cardiovascular fitness.Do stretches before bed to help you sleep better.Practice daily gratitude to keep you happier.Compliment others to fill your bucket.Keep a Bullet Journal to get those thoughts out of your head.Avoid watching the news as it is 90% ne…
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It is quite common to get to the end of the work week and hear people in the office say “Thank Goodness It’s Friday.” It’s also quite common to hear people at the start of the week complain about having a case of the “Monday’s.”
We spend about 65% of our waking hours every week at work. A lot of people also seem to want to wish those hours away as quickly as possible. If you were to ask those people if they wanted to cut their lifetime by a third, I’d bet the answer would be no. By “hating” Monday through Thursday and wishing it was Friday already that’s exactly what they are doing.
My challenge to you is instead of saying “TGIF” once a week, start saying “TGIT” (Thank Goodness It’s Today” every day. Here are 3 tips to help you with this challenge.
1. Choose to have a good day.
We have a saying in our house “every day is a whole new day, a whole fresh start, and you can choose to have a good day.” Make a conscious decision when you wake up that you are going to have a good day. You s…
“Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.” – Stephen Covey.
Why are some people happier than others? Research has found that 40% of a person’s happiness comes from their choice to be happy, 50% comes from their actions and 10% is unaccounted for. The happiest people make the choice to be happy and they also proactively take steps to be happy.
Studies have shown that happy people exercise regularly, they get a good nights sleep, they cultivate good relationships, they get fresh air every day, they help others, they smile and they express gratitude regularly.
A ‘good walk’ is a simple idea anybody can use to help cultivate their own happiness. It doesn’t require any special equipment, it doesn’t cost anything to do, and it is based on the work of several scientific studies. This blog post explains how to take a ‘good walk’ as well as the science behind the idea.
STEP 1: TAKE A GOOD WALK
The first component of a ‘good walk’ is going outside and taking a walk. Walking outside …
Over the years I have written quite lot about happiness and the power of positive thinking. I truly believe happiness is a good thing. (There is even some science that suggests it is too!) From time to time people will ask me "can you always be happy?" The answer, I believe, is no, you can’t always be happy (and its probably not healthy to be happy all the time either.) However, I equally think you probably shouldn’t always be sad all the time either.
I have a theory that when it comes to happiness, life is like day and night. There will be times when it is light and there will be times when it is dark. This is unavoidable.
You can however control how long it is dark for. Happiness (and sadness) can be a choice. You can use a candle to take away some of the darkness at night. You can open the curtains to let the light in at day break. You can look for the small glimmers of light shining in around you.
The point is this, you have some control over how long it will be dark f…
Every morning when you wake up, it’s a whole new day, a fresh start. It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday, you get to start again today. You get another chance to have a good day - or a “good daisy” as I like to call it.
This blog is all about helping you to have a good daisy! We will share tips and tricks scientifically proven to make you happier as well as good news stories.