5 keys to unlock your inner happy!

5 keys to unlock your inner happy!

Enjoying happiness need not be that hard…just try these 5 simple tips! 

thanks to Cindy Griffith-Bennett from the Huffington Post

When will I be happy?

Knowing my answer wont be what my client wants to hear, I answer, Happiness is a choice. Yet sometimes the act of choosing happiness makes us feel like we are faking it. So although "choose happiness" is still my "go to" answer, here are some other keys to being happy.

Live in the Present Moment With Gratitude:

If you perceive yourself as being unhappy, it is often because you are bemoaning the past or worrying about the future. Live in the present moment and any unhappiness is fleeting. Of course, we are not talking about a clinical depression here. If you are clinically depressed, it is important to consult a doctor. But if you are feeling a little blue, focus on what is happening at that moment, not what happened in the past or what might happen in the future. Also, find something to be grateful for. It may feel a little funny at first, but even choosing to be grateful you woke up this morning is a good start. As you continue your day, look out for other things to be grateful for. Living in the present moment brings you back to a childlike wonder state where you feel your emotions deeply in the moment, then let them go in order to immerse yourself in the next moment. Have you ever watched a young child who gets a boo-boo? He or she cries, gets a Band-Aid and a kiss, and the next minute returns to experience the new present moment. Emotions are fleeting. Express your emotions when they come, be willing to let them go, and add a dose of gratitude. You will feel much happier.

Release Judgments:

It is common to judge your experiences as good or bad. In reality, the experience just is… It is how the experience affects you that causes your mind to determine if it is good or bad. Rather, try to discern without the judgment. For example, an ice cream cone is an ice cream cone. It is not inherently good or bad. Yet after the first few bites you think, This cone is good! However, if you ate too much you think, That cone was bad. Yet the ice cream cone is the ice cream cone! If you could look at life with discernment, you would think, that ice cream cone will make me uncomfortable if I get a large scoop, so I will get a small scoop. You have released judgment. This might be a silly example, but think of it in a more serious situation. If you have a friend that is full of drama and every time you have lunch with him or her you feel sick or over tired, you don't need to make a judgment that the friend is bad. You can discern that he or she is not a healthy relationship for you. You no longer need to judge the person; you can release the guilt or the need to be angry. When you use discernment rather than judgment, life decisions become easier and you don't waste time and energy needing a person or situation to be bad in order to release yourself from it. Releasing judgment and the resulting emotions such as anger or guilt creates a happier outlook…

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