7 Ways to Make Yourself Happier in the Next Hour

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stkitt
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   Posted 3/25/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I am posting this topic and article and I would love to see the members of this great family add to the list of items in the article.
 
"You can make yourself happier — and it doesn’t have to be a long-term ambition. You can start right now. In the next hour, check off as many of the following items as possible. Each of these accomplishments will lift your mood, as will the mere fact that you’ve tackled and achieved some concrete goals. The first one is to boost your energy, which can be an easy, quick transformation...


1. Boost your energy: stand up and pace while you talk on the phone or, even better, take a brisk ten-minute walk outside. Research shows that when people move faster, their metabolism speeds up, and the activity and sunlight are good for your focus, your mood, and the retention of information. Plus, because of “emotional contagion,” if you act energetic, you’ll help the people around you feel energetic too.

2. Reach out to friends: make a lunch date or send an email to a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Having warm, close bonds with other people is one of the keys to happiness, so take the time to stay in touch. Somewhat surprisingly, it turns out that socializing boosts the moods not only of extroverts, but also of introverts.

3. Rid yourself of a nagging task: answer a difficult e-mail, purchase something you need, or call to make that dentist’s appointment. Crossing an irksome chore off your to-do list will give you a big rush of energy and cheer, and you’ll be surprised that you procrastinated for so long.

4. Create a calmer environment: clear some physical and mental space around your desk by sorting papers, pitching junk, stowing supplies, sending out quick responses, filing, or even just making your piles neater. A large stack of little tasks can feel overwhelming, but often just a few minutes of work can make a sizeable dent. Try to get in the habit of using the “one minute rule” — i.e., never postpone any task that can be completed in less than one minute. An uncluttered environment will contribute to a more serene mood.

5. Lay the groundwork for some future fun: order a book you’ve been wanting to read (not something you think you should read) or plan a weekend excursion to a museum, hiking trail, sporting event, gardening store, movie theater — whatever sounds like fun. Studies show that having fun on a regular basis is a pillar of happiness, and anticipation is an important part of that pleasure. Try to involve friends or family, as well; people enjoy almost all activities more when they’re with other people than when they’re alone.

6. Do a good deed: make an e-mail introduction of two people who could help each other, or set up a blind date, or shoot someone a piece of useful information or gratifying praise. Do good, feel good — this really works. Also, although we often believe that we act because of the way we feel, in fact, we often feel because of the way we act. When you act in a friendly way, you’ll strengthen your feelings of friendliness for other people.

7. Act happy: put a smile on your face right now, and keep smiling. Research shows that even an artificially induced smile has a positive influence on your emotions — turns out that just going through the motion of happiness brightens your mood. And if you’re smiling, other people will perceive you as being friendlier and more approachable.

Some people worry that wanting to be happier is a selfish goal. To the contrary. Studies show that happier people are more sociable, likeable, healthy, and productive — and they’re more inclined to help other people. So in working to boost your own happiness, you’re benefiting others as well.
Feel happier yet?" Author ~ GRETCHEN RUBIN ~
 
Okay have at it, what can you add to this great ist?
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 3/25/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   

A Great video..........please watch.

http://www.theyearsareshort.com/

I wish you happiness and I wish you peace,
Kitt
 

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   Posted 3/25/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Kitt

Great thread it is important I think to try and stay happy and in the moment as well, I will be trying some of your points over the next few days.

Ben

melodee
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   Posted 3/25/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitt,

Thanks for posting that. It's a great list! :) I like #7. It's hard, but it will be good to make this a habit.

Celey
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   Posted 3/25/2009 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like a really good list to me... I'm trying to think of something to add, but I think you've covered everything. :)
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


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   Posted 3/25/2009 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Kitt, I needed this right now.  Great post and I love the video.  I will see if I can come up with a happy thought and post it.


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Sarah W.
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   Posted 3/26/2009 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Kitt: Good stuff. Thank you for sharing (as always!) :)

stkitt
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   Posted 3/26/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   

I have been working on exercise and I am going to the treadmill here shortly.  It is so hard to not just skip it.  But I will have a smile on my face when I get er down.

Kitt


 

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   Posted 3/26/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Go outside and check out the new trees and flowers. Just don't look at them, actually go up and touch them to feel their texture. . . Breathe in the scent of them as well. Listen to everything around you like the wind, insects buzzing, birds singing, etc. Stick your hands in the dirt and feel the grass beneath your bare feet.

This will bring you in tune with nature and it is very peaceful. . . I really am glad Spring is here :)

Your Bro Sam

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   Posted 3/26/2009 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
The only thing I don't like about spring is the way it makes my allergies act up (it's still chilly out here, so the flowers aren't out yet and most of the trees haven't even grown back their leaves)...

But I do love how pretty the flowers look... and... I agree with you, Green... being in a garden or even near one kind of gives you a sense of peace...

I used to walk to my high school, and I would pass by this garden all the time... and I'd usually take a couple of minutes to just... look at the flowers.... and... Muse on how beautiful life is...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


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   Posted 3/26/2009 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
:puts on a fake forced smile: I'm trying as hard as I can!! :)!!!!!!!!
"Make a joke and I will sigh, and you will laugh and I will cry. Happiness I cannot feel, and love to me is so unreal."-Loony from Rings of Power


stkitt
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   Posted 3/27/2009 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Paulos,

Good to see you, have missed you.  Keep on trying and success will be yours my friend.

Kitt


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   Posted 3/27/2009 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Kitt, I can't think of anything to add at the moment, but I can't thank you enough for adding such an informative thread! It's wonderful, as well as other poster's suggestions! Blessings, Julie:-)
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   Posted 3/28/2009 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
GREAT thread Lil sis

I am so glad you know what you are talking about
you have the inate ability to help out all that come in contact with you
keep up the great job


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   Posted 3/28/2009 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
To make myself happier in the next hour, I'm going to kick back and do some meditation that I've put off lately, then read a chapter or two in my new novel :)

Sam :)
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