Shift to the Positive

Bring more happiness and positivity into your life. Make it a regular practice to build on the positive aspects of your experiences, while reducing negative thoughts. According to scientists who study positive psychology and happiness, there are a variety of techniques to help you shift to the positive. These include imagining our best possible self, making a list of things we’re grateful for, and bringing to mind people who give meaning and happiness to your life.

With this in mind, another important way to shift to the positive is to provide compassion and kindness to others. Helping to make others happy yields a tremendous reward in making yourself happy. So be generous in both deeds and spirit. And with regular practice, you’ll soon embody these positive qualities and move towards a healthier, more uplifting outlook.

Happiness as Medicine

When many of us hear the word “health,” we tend to think about what’s going wrong with our health. “Health” is associated with doctors, illnesses, and preventing the need to deal with either of those. What if we flipped the script and made health about what is making us thrive instead of what is making us sick?

Unplug to Unwind This Monday

It’s a source of pride to be “plugged in” to daily life. Whether you’re using technology to follow pop culture or the news, or it’s helping you do your job and keep up with friends, being tethered to our smartphones and computers keeps us in the loop every second of the day. But is that a good thing?

Reading Fiction for Stress Relief

There are several ways to make time for yourself when daily stress is taking its toll. But what if there was an easy way to escape to somewhere else? Maybe you can’t physically transport to another time or place, but reading fiction can take your mind out of the real world for a short time.

Reenergize

This week, think of Monday as a fresh start. Use it to reset your attitude and confidence. Begin by taking several deep, calming breaths, then gently let go of your worries and stress. Pledge to make this week positive and productive. Keep this uplifted outlook throughout the week by making a few sensible choices in your diet, exercise and sleep. Let your positive energy radiate to those around you.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

This Monday, begin to take better control of your life and your happiness. Let’s look at ways to defuse nagging little worries that seem to weigh heavily on our minds. Obsessing over tiny details can flood the body with stress hormones. When taken to extreme, these stress hormones can increase your risk of heart disease and weaken your immune system. So, isn’t it time you cut your worries down to size? With some practice and persistence, you’ll soon be agonizing less and feeling much more confident.

Self-Care Starts on Monday

It’s easy to get caught up in a swirl of non-stop activities. In fact, you may even take pride in being able to handle so many things at once. But eventually, there’s a tipping point: where stress builds up and burnout creeps in. That’s why self-care – or me time – is so vital. This Monday, begin the week by deciding to give yourself some well-deserved attention.

Prioritization

Being a parent or working at a demanding job – or both – creates a great deal of stress, chaos and anxiety. There’s always too much to do and never enough time to do it. Start this week by reducing the tension and taking greater control of your schedule. Try this practice in the morning when you’re awake and alert. You’ll soon feel more calm and confident in managing your tasks.

Be Kind Starting with You

When you hear about kindness and compassion, you usually think of showing it to other people. But giving yourself this positive support is equally important. By being less self-critical and judgmental, we can reduce our anxiety, depression and stress. Use this week’s practice to accept who you are and to celebrate the goodness of your being.

Note of Kindness

Look around your circle of friends and family. Is there someone out there who could use an act of kindness? A loving hug? Or maybe a supportive note? Reaching out to others in need does them a world of good. And, it helps you feel much better about yourself. This week, sit down. Clear your mind. And think of someone who deserves a touch of happiness. This generous gesture will help reduce stress in their life – and fill you both with warmth and love.

Managing Challenging Emotions

There are times when your anger grows so great, you can’t even see straight. It’s not only emotionally upsetting, it can increase your blood pressure and your risk of heart attack. Let’s face it, managing difficult emotions – such as anger, stress and frustration – requires extra effort. So, how do you bring these intense emotions under control?