Ready to shed the winter blues and boost your mood in time for spring?
It’s proven that handling your own happiness will significantly improve your relationships, make and save you more money, help you lose weight and optimize you health …and much, MUCH more!
So why not stop waiting for someone or something else to bring you happiness and take it into your own hands?
There are simple things you can do everyday to increase your feelings of happiness and well-being. And like everything else, the art and science of happiness keeps evolving with new trends year after year!
Here are the top 5 trends in emotional wellness for this year that are sure to give your brain chemistry a happiness makeover:
Coming together in community is an age old happiness strategy that we have fallen away from over the last few decades with the technological advances like the internet and smart phones. Communal tables in restaurants, communal housing with central gathering spaces and a shared economy are growing in popularity! Where can you connect more? where are you isolating and avoiding human connection? Reach out, open up and lean on a community of others to replenish your primal sense of well-being.
Hygge (hue-gah), the Danish traditional art of well-being, is a trending feel-good philosophy this year. Based on ideas like less is more, quality over quantity, inclusion and cozy spaces, it encourages a simple life and working less. Honoring Hygge as a way of life leaves you with less stress, pressure and isolation. It guides you through creating nourishing space both inside and out so you can enjoy and savor the little things in life. What can you let go of in your life… stuff you don’t need? Outdated ambitions or expectations? Focus on the pleasure and joy you receive from the simple, ordinary things in your life for sustainable contentment.
Sustaining “happiness brain chemistry” takes a bit of effort every day. Having a regular daily ritual or practice that helps you stay calm, embodied, positive and clear in your mind is golden. It’s not about spending hours at a time on inner management but rather about daily consistency – like taking one vitamin per day vs. a whole bottle of vitamins at once hoping it will even you out for the week! What are you doing to inject your brain with happiness hormones each day? Are you meditating, exercising, journaling, listening to inspiring podcasts? Make mind/heart management a part of your non-negotiable daily routine for huge gains in your mood.
The act of giving, whether is giving your time, your attention, your spare change or support releases a slough of happiness chemicals in the brain. Not only does it feel good to give, but the act of giving opens a void in your energetic matrix for you to receive. When we give, we create space to allow things we want and need to flow towards us, further amping up our good feelings. Where are you withholding? What could you give more of and to whom or what? Activate the spirit of generosity, both to others and yourself, to access deep levels of well-being.
In our workaholic, “keep up with the Jones’s” culture we overdo ourselves and work hard to get what we think is necessary for success. The irony is that having fun and feeling joyful and happy is actually a more effective route to true holistic success! Most people put play and fun at the bottom of their to-do list, treating it like a luxury, when it is a critical aspect of our human basic needs. The brain associates play with survival and learning. Play has tremendous benefits to our health and well-being, our personal success and our relationships. Everyone has a different way to play… what’s play to you? Is it going to a movie is it a morning kayak, is it playing board games with the kids, a nice book and a bubble bath or a trip to somewhere exploring a new culture and environment? Start playing and watch how easy success can be!
Which trend will you try? Stay tuned for an announcement in the next couple week where I will be sharing an unforgettable opportunity to adventure into some of these trends with me!!