How to Be Happy — Part 1

Blog Post #93

We’ve all experienced a bad mood now and then. Sometimes, it even seems as if hard times are here to stay and we feel a bit depressed, sad or a little gloomy. Even though we sometimes feel as if our unhappiness will never leave us, there are things we can do that may help us to elevate our mood.


Try out these four simple tips — who knows they may help you see the “glass half full.”

Eat Breakfast

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you think about it — it makes sense. It’s hard to be happy without food in our tummies. You’ve heard the expression “I’m so hangry!” Fueling up in the morning makes you feel good so you can handle whatever comes your way.

Eat Chocolate

Mmm… chocolate. Do I even need to explain why chocolate makes us happy? Um…because it’s delicious!!

If you need more than that before you stuff that decadent chocolate truffle into your mouth — then I have three words for you — tryptophan, phenylethylalanine, theobromine. These three substances are chemicals found in chocolate that help to create feelings of euphoria and happiness.

Another thing about chocolate. Scientific studies have found that dark chocolate is good for us. The higher the cocoa content the higher the concentration of flavonoids. These antioxidants are thought to prevent cancers, promote cardiac health, and may boost brain power.

Be Grateful

By expressing gratitude on a consistent basis not only helps you feel more positive, but it has been found to help you build strong relationships,  improve your health and help you to better handle life’s problems.

Give thanks every morning to set the tone for the rest of your day.

Think Positive

A dear friend of mine had a saying that she used as her mantra that helped her handle all the emotions of dealing with a terminal illness. When she awoke each morning, she would affirm “Today, I choose to be happy.” By making a conscious decision to start the day in a positive frame of mind, you can decide to view any situation in a positive light and thereby effectively choose happiness, lifting both your mood and your actions.


A Poem For Haikuesday

birdsong brings the sun
stretching, yawning, morning smiles
happiness fills me





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