Updated: Sep 28
You deserve to be happy, but there are days when it’s easy to get sucked into negativity and despair. When nothing seems to go your way. When the craziness around you starts to influence your own thoughts. When you wish you were as awesome as so and so…
There are a few simple strategies that you can implement today to start increasing your levels of happiness. Everyday is a new opportunity for growth and today you can choose to honor your right to whole hearted happiness.
1. Let Go of Perfection (for greater happiness)
When you expect perfection, you set yourself up for disappointment. Because nobody’s perfect, and thinking you need to be is just setting yourself up for failure. Or worse, for not even starting.
On the road of self-improvement, there will be potholes, cracks in the pavement and distractions on the sidelines. This is completely normal and natural. Judging yourself too harshly for not being perfect is a major happiness killer.
2. Eat More Fermented Foods and Probiotics
Fermented foods might not seem to have much to do with happiness from the outside, but they make a huge difference on the inside. By adding probiotic-rich foods like sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, miso, yogurt and kombucha into your diet, you’ll strengthen your body’s ability to produce serotonin, the happy hormone.
Serotonin is produced in large amounts in the gut, but when our gut bacteria isn’t healthy, our bodies have a hard time producing serotonin and transporting it to our brains.
The gut is often referred to as the second brain and for good reason. A balanced probiotic-rich gut makes it easy to produce hormones that flood the brain with positive feelings. Recent studies are even looking to probiotics as a way to treat depression and anxiety!
3. Watch Your Thoughts
Thoughts are wonderful and wicked at the same time. They can build you up or they can hold you back from taking action towards what you want.
The only way to really know what’s going on in your own head is to sit down and watch the movie that only you can see. By sitting down and watching the thoughts pass through you without judgement, you can start to understand yourself better.
This is a place where massive growth happens. If you notice a lot of negative self-talk you can consciously take action to switch it around. This action alone, even for just a few minutes a day, can increase your happiness and decrease stress tenfold.
In the best of wellness,
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