Episode 76 – How To Supercharge Your Happiness
Episode 76 – How To Supercharge Your Happiness: Quick Guide
At the heart of all the happiest people that have come across my path, there seems to be a certain set of traits that stand out amongst them. Happiness can be something that’s quite subjective to a lot of people, perhaps that’s because many of us view happiness as a personal journey, that forms part of who we are as an individual. Happiness doesn’t always have to come in the form of something physical, or even something that you need to find. It can come through a state of wellbeing, a state of simply being, a perception or simply your unique outlook on life.
When examining all the factors that make up your total sum of happiness, there’s always a set of things you do, or habits that are formed that ultimately lead to your overall emotional state. Happiness is a journey, an ongoing experience. And you’re about to learn all the healthy habits and characteristics that are intertwined into the lives of some of the happiest people on earth.
Happy people get out and move.
They know they don’t have to be a hard-core weight lifter or personal trainer, to experience an endorphin high when they get their blood pumping. It doesn’t matter what form of movement you choose, just as long as you’re enjoying yourself. It can be as simple as a walk around the block or gardening, right up to adrenaline pumping vertical rock climbing or forest rides on horseback. Your body is designed to circulate blood (energy) around the body while your mind is designed to feel energetic about life. You’ll even notice how much deeper your breathing comes, rather than a shallow inhale! Get those feel good hormones active!
Healthy sleeping patterns
The cliché number that you’ve probably heard of for the best sleep is around 8 hours.
However, if you consider yourself physically active, or work in a physically demanding job, you probably need closer to 9 hours to truly heal your body. Regardless of the figures, experiment with the perfect amount of sleep that works for your body. Don’t worry about the guy that’s going to bed at midnight and getting up at 5am, claiming he’s full of energy (as he guzzles back a triple shot latte). Sleep quality is a must – but balance is the key as well. Don’t oversleep.
Happy people eat well
A high intake of nutritionally dense food = more energy, vitality and glowing skin. Happy people have an attractive youthful glow and can simply do more with their lives with all that extra energy.
There’s no doubt about it, the food you put in your body can greatly influence your mood and psychological state. Many studies are starting to show the affect that additives and preservatives have on your health. Behavioural problems, hyperactivity and frequent mood swings as just some of the common “symptoms” you can avoid by eating healthy.
Choose nutrient dense foods to maintain your overall health, happiness and positive outlook on life. If you suspect you might have a particular food intolerance or sensitivity, you should prioritise addressing these problems to truly make the most of the life that you have.
Get out into the sun
Being outdoors and in nature makes you feel alive.
Make sure you get adequate exposure to the sun to receive your daily hit of vitamin D. Time spent in the sun has been linked to positive mood, a reduction in depression and many other beneficial effects. On a physical level, the body needs vitamin D to be able to absorb important minerals, calcium and phosphate, which in turn promotes healthy bones.
Vitamin D deficiency is a big problem in many regions throughout the world, borne out of people having fear of skin cancer. The irony is that vitamin D has been found in studies to carry anti-cancer effects, including preventing cancer cell cycle from growing and suppressing inflammation.
Getting half an hour in the sun without sunscreen, outside of the hours of 10am-4pm will give you your daily intake of Vitamin D. You’ll notice how much more alert you feel and also just how much better you sleep at night.
Guided meditation, guided visual imagery, yoga, mantras or affirmations, whatever meditation style floats your boat, practice it more.
If you’re entirely new to meditation or yoga, perhaps try a class to see what it’s all about. You can then take home what you’ve learnt and weave your own practice into your daily habits.
Meditating allows you to reflect on events and experiences you’ve gone through much more objectively. You’ll be more in touch with your inner being, soul, spirit, God or whichever other label you give it. You’ll have a lot more gratitude for life and be able to listen to your intuition more.
Meditation and yoga helps you to completely unwind and reconnect with your own essence.
One of the biggest skills you can have as an individual is the ability to reflect on your life or past events.
You can keep a journal or diary, or even call a close friend and talk about the many aspects of life that are close to your heart. There’s also nothing wrong with seeing a psychologist if you’re having trouble dismantling all the busy thoughts in your mind. This will allow you to identify the good from the bad, remove obstacles blocking you from your ultimate happiness, help you to learn mistakes that you may have made and also draw from positive experiences.
There’s no such thing as too much gratitude!
It’s your time to thank, acknowledge, show appreciation or even to bask in the contentment of a joyous moment. If something great has happened in your life, take the time out to truly acknowledge the event. Sometimes nothing new can come into your life, without you appreciating how far you’ve come and what you currently have. It’s an unfulfilling journey to be forever looking ahead, dreaming of riches or that perfect job, without appreciating how good you’ve got it now. Be proud of where you are in life. Even if it’s not your idea of perfect….yet!
Prioritize relaxing time
You might be guilty of not putting the brakes on enough in your life.
Taking time out for yourself is so important for your mind set and overall health. Climb some mountains, get out in nature, play with animals and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses! Down time helps you to enjoy life more and acknowledge things you might have otherwise walked straight past, as you rush about your day.
Be more social
Take time to talk to people, whether they’re close to you or somewhere in your community- even a complete stranger!
Take the moment to say hello and ask how someone is while at the supermarket. It’s such a simple act but this aspect seems to slowly be getting lost in our modern day society governed by electronics. You might end up with a new friend or create an unexpected new connection. You’ll almost always feel good for connecting with another human.
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Smile at a stranger, you never know you might brighten up their day!
Smiling is a positive thing that costs less energy than frowning! Fake it ‘til you make it also helps. This will help release feel good endorphins and before you know it, your mood can turn right round to a more positive one!
Do good deeds
Giving to others can be one of the most fulfilling aspects of your life.
The feeling of giving is priceless. If someone is short a few bucks, help them out! Tip a waiter, taxi driver or other service person.
However, it also doesn’t have to be a monetary deed, help your friend out when they need to move house or help an elderly lady with her groceries. It feels good and gives you a sense of purpose.
Think back to a time when you were in trouble and when someone came saved you like superman, it’s an unbeatable feeling! Pay it forward.
Care for something
Nurture something and watch it grow by giving your energy, time (or sometimes even money).
When someone expresses their love for their passion, it’s clear to see in the results how much love went into it. Think of all the great artists, chefs or even performers. Their time and effort created something truly magnificent. You can also nurture your team if you play a sport or even a plant in the garden. Do all the things that you love, and if you find a way to get paid for it – even better!
Be open to new things
The excitement of taking risks and the story behind that journey becomes an unforgettable experience!
Step out of your comfort zone, break the routine and indulge in the adrenaline and excitement of a new adventure – feel what it’s like to really live your life!
New things break old routines. Cast your mind back to your most recent holiday or extended overseas breaks. You’ll quickly remember just what it’s like to be doing something different every day and trying new experiences.
Get out there again!
Get in the zone
Being in the flow state means you’re engaged in your work but also relaxed, flowing through life right on the tip of hyper consciousness!
With professional athletes or sports people, they will all tell you that their greatest achievements came from being in the zone and 100% focused on their dreams.
You know when you’re in a flow state as all possibilities open in front of you in an instant and you continually slip into the “right door” moment after moment!
Find your flow!
Have a good laugh
Whatever way you can achieve this, get your hit of dopamine and serotonin from laughing. Whether stand-up comedy, a movie, Youtube videos or just trying new things. Hang out with kids more often, as they see the world with completely different eyes. They also make pretty good stand up comedians and know how to put on a show!
Showing love to yourself is so important in finding happiness.
It’s your chance to see yourself as valuable and worthy of love. Treat yourself to some amazing food, a massage, a material good or experience traveling to an exotic country.
You’re allowed to be selfish and give yourself the time that you deserve to pave the way to happiness.
Don’t worry, be happy!
Ultimately life is all about pursuing the things that make you happy.
Happiness is the way you “see” things and can be facilitated through these key habits, environments and people you expose yourself to.
Try out all of these happiness tips, or maybe just a few of them! These are all characteristics of the happiest people I’ve seen and how they make the most of each experience they live! Life is here to be enjoyed, so make the most of your short time on earth and apply these happiness principals today!
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Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness. International Athlete, Elite Performance Manager for the Philippine Volcanoes rugby teams, qualified Dietitian / Nutritionist and qualified educator. Chris Everingham combines more than 10 years of experience and education together to deliver the best strategies to grow your mindset, rewire your habits and transform your life.