The Pursuit of Happiness: Top 10 Ways to Increase Your Overall Mood

The Pursuit of Happiness

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The pursuit of happiness is a cornerstone of the American dream, outlined specifically for us in the Declaration of Independence. Yet some days, we find ourselves chasing the ever-fleeting mistress that is happiness and fail to catch her.

So on days when we cannot craft a genuine smile, why not just abide by the time-honored tradition of “fake it until you make it"? Science says no. By faking happiness, you can actually make your mood worse. In the work field, faking contentment can make you hate your job and can make you sick.

Psychologist Iris Mauss at UC Berkeley found that people who focus on improving their happiness tend to focus on obtaining personal gains, which can lead to a busy life with little beneficial social or intrapersonal interaction.

Dan Gilbert, a pioneer in the study of happiness, says that humans are driven by emotions and that “emotions (are) a compass that tells us what to do. A compass that is perpetually stuck on the north is worthless." Meaning that if we are ALWAYS happy, (a.k.a. always stuck facing north), we will miss out on other important emotions and may not truly be able to cultivate the power and joy that comes from happiness.

Remember: all emotions are valid; make sure to feel them all!

What happiness is NOT

Happiness is a vague beast to tackle. For every individual person, a sense of joy can come from a multitude of places. There is so much variation in what happiness is to each individual. To get a grasp on how to best define it, we must look at what happiness it is not.

Happiness is not predictable

Contrary to popular belief, things are not as burdensome as you might anticipate them to be. By default, the great things that come to you do not always make you as happy as you’d like. Gilbert gives a great example. “Going blind will not make you as unhappy as you’d expect, and winning the lottery will not make you as happy as you expect."
As reliable as we’d hope our brains are at predicting our future emotions and responses, it is well backed that they do not have this capability.

Happiness is not material

Even though a new outfit can make you feel better for a moment, this is what science likes to call “false happiness." While at first, it may help you feel more confident and excited to take on new tasks, eventually that feeling will fade with the fabric you bought. Chasing money and material possessions lead to a temporary sense of happiness.

Happiness is not a destination

Life is about the journey, but the destination is not happiness. Enjoying the process is the important part to remember.
If you find yourself saying things like:

  • “Once I finish a project I will be happy"
  • “Once I make a million dollars, I will be happy"
  • or “Once I am married, I will be happy", you have the wrong mentality.Happiness is not found outside yourself, it’s cultivated inside. Relying on an outside source to change your emotional status will not help you become happier.

If we can’t concretely define happiness for everyone, maybe we should focus the attention on how to create more of it for ourselves.

How to Increase Happiness

Creating a calm and productive life is the best way to cultivate joy for yourself. These are the top ten recommendations to increase happiness.

  1. Look for employment at a company that values its employees and their happiness.
  2. Invest in experiences – instead of investing in material goods, invest in memories.
  3. Focus on your relationships and making them succeed.
  4. Practice mindfulness.
  5. Practice gratitude – keep a running list of what you are thankful for.
  6. Help others.
  7. Exercise.
  8. Budget for happiness – use financial tweaks to save for experiences.
  9. Focus on posture.
  10. Eat healthily

Though we are always striving for happiness, our tactics for getting there may not be as effective as we’d like. By understanding what happiness is, what it is not, and how to cultivate more of it in your life, you are bound to live a life full of joy, purpose, and laughter!

Author’s Bio

Avery T. Phillips is a freelance human being with too much to say. She loves nature and examining human interactions with the world. Comment or tweet her @a_taylorian with any questions or suggestions.

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10 Positive Thinking Tips: The power of positivity on your health

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Thoughts and attitude towards life is an indicator of success or failure. Positive thinking leads towards success whereas negative thinkers fall into the bucket of failure.
Thoughts of a person strongly affect his health according to the thoughts might think. If a person is a positive thinker, his mind grows and stays sound and healthy. It assists him in making decisions, leading tasks and taking risks.

On the other hand, negative vibes disturb the functioning of our brain. It compresses the mind that leads towards failure, depression, anxiety or success. Positive thoughts are the sign of good health. Positive thinking is an approach to thinking about matters in a constructive way.

In this approach, the person is looking for a good news or plus point even in the bad news or unfavorable situation. It teaches you to stay calm and control your decisions.

The power of positivity

Decisions of a person following negative thinking approach are controlled by his negative thoughts. In this approach, the person attains skeptic attitude towards every prospect of his life.

Researchers proved that positive thinkers are long livers, stress releasers and have sound immunity system. Psychiatrists argued that positive thinkers have minimal chances of having any heart or mental disease.
They are mentally and physically strong enough to go through any tragedy or trauma. Nowadays, in an era where competitions are high, it becomes necessary to work hard and extra to survive. In this situation, work of heavy load can easily be tackled if you have a sound mind and a healthy body.

The positive thinking approach has the power to boost your inner and physical health. You can transform your thoughts in a positive manner using the following tips.

 

  1. Meditation

Meditation has a positive effect on the soul as well as on the body of a person. It teaches a person to stay calm and control your breaths, which assists the person in tackling warm situations.

Also, seeds a plant of positivity in the heart of a person that reduces stress. It slows down aging and improves the cardiovascular and immune system of a person, which is considered as the power of positivity.

  1. The best project to work on is yourself!

Developing yourself into a more positive person has a vast beneficial impact on your health. According to medical specialists, it helps people in stress alleviation, moderate blood pressure, less anxiety and increases serotonin. It has an impact on a person’s mood and attitude.

Getting yourself engaged in such personal development may assist you to keep away from the negativities. Engagement in such kind of activities such as personal development courses increases the motivation level, improves the focus and creates a sense of direction in a person.

Strategically planned personal development will help you eliminate the negativities from your mind and enhance the positivity in your decisions. This will assist you to take a diversion from your monotonous life. Also, engage yourself in physical or mental health activities.

  1. Adopt a company of positive people

A person adopts numerous habits from a company he keeps. Surroundings of negative people dominate your negative thoughts whereas adopting a company of positive people has a great impact on the thoughts and values of a person. The more positivity you have in your life, the brighter the world around you will become.

  1. Set your priorities straight!

Minds of people who do not have any priorities, goals, and ambitions are like houses without residents. No or wrong priorities contribute towards the development of negative thoughts in minds.

Prioritization in life hinders the level of stress and resistance to do work. It develops a sense of responsibility in a person, which is a smooth step towards positivity.

  1. Don’t let your emotions go out of hand and be decisive

Most of the people complain about the situation in which they do not want to be. Instead of complaining, a person should learn how to take control of the situation. Learning to control decisions allows you to throw out negativities from your mind.

It also develops a sense of achievement and responsibility. Guess what is more positive than one handling an unfavorable situation in a cool and calm manner.

  1. Believe in yourself

The best approach towards positivity is to maintain your self-confidence and believe in yourself. It boosts your positivity towards each and every aspect of life. Your confidence allows you to stay tall in front of negativities and act as a barrier.

  1. Explore the bright side of everything

We live in a society of critics, where everyone is busy in criticizing others for anything and from the other side. Everybody is busy in thinking what others think about them.

This approach leads towards low self-esteem and less positivity. The best approach towards positivity is that always look for the bright side of the picture. It is the power of the positivity to find out the good news in a bad situation. That helps in the development of a healthy mind.

  1. Enhance positive self-talk and self-motivation

A person’s best friend is his inner self whom he was talking to all the time. That best friend has a great influence on your mind and heart.

If you are talking negatively about your inner self, it means you are approaching towards negativities. You should avoid negative talks and increase self-talks on positive matters as well as on negative matters in a positive way.

  1. Learn from failures and move ahead

Failure and success both are the vital part of life. Behind every success, there are many failures. Those who face failure positively by learning from it and moving on led towards success.

Most people blame themselves for the failure, which restricts them to lead towards success. The constructive thought and action towards failure are to learn from failure, which develops a sense of positivity and makes the mind healthy.

  1. Set Realistic Goals

Another step towards positivity is to increase expectations from your own and set realistic goals and targets for yourself. People who tend to set realistic goals are very much likely to achieve them.

Unreasonable and unrealistic goals are impossible to achieve and continuous failure of achievement leads towards depression. Avoid setting unrealistic goals and try to be a down-to-earth person. Achievement of realistic goals removes negative vibes from the mind and keeps the mind healthy.

In order to enhance positivity, you should learn how to eliminate negativity from your thoughts. This could be done by understanding the impact of negative thoughts on your health.

Negative thoughts play an important role in the progression of depression, anxiety, and stress. Negativity affects your health mentally (i.e. anxiety, mood changes, lack of interest and motivation etc.) as well as physically (i.e. shoulder pain, migraines and insomnia etc).
In contrast, benefits of positive thinking are enormous. It also helps you to develop mentally and physically.
The power of positivity makes great changes in peoples lives.

Author’s Bio

Asma Niaz is an Academic writer at Zoe Talent Solutions who loves to write stellar content on various educational topics, programs, training, and courses. Zoetalentsolutions is a premium teaching division, which offers highly professional courses to excel in your workplace.

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How Motivation Affects Your Health?

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Motivation is something that provides us with the energy that we need to purse the results. We can gain this strength either from within us or from external sources. So, it can either be an extrinsic or an intrinsic motivation.

What is the extrinsic motivation?

It is a type, where we gain the inspiration from external sources. For instance, you get it from your friend or your family member. They might use their words to provoke you to perform something.

What is the intrinsic motivation?

As the name of this impetus very well defines, it is the one that arises from within you. For instance, if you are a self-motivated individual, you might feel from within that you should achieve something. It can be something related to your studies, your job or even your personal life.

Is motivation always good?

When we see the outline, the enthusiasm is good. It keeps us moving. In fact, without motivation, we cannot wake up every day to lead our life. We wake up just because we have the desire to live and this desire acts as a stimulus from within.
On the flip side, the provocation from within or from external sources can create a whole lot of stress. When it forms a tension to achieve, it is not good.

You know the effects of stress on the human body. Yes, the excessive pressure faced by people these days in their professional and personal life forces them to health issues. They get high blood pressure and diabetes at a very young age. Even, it takes to life-threatening conditions like heart failure, thereby risking the lives of individuals.

What are the ill-effects of motivation?

Ill-effects of intrinsic motivation

  • It can change the behavior
  • Needs a particular attention and lengthy preparation
  • A wide range of approaches might be required to feel self-motivated.

Ill-effects of extrinsic motivation

  • Provides distraction
  • Difficulty in identifying appropriate punishment and rewards
  • In-effective after a longer period
  • Once the external motivator removes the prize, the impulse goes away

Effect of motivation on Dopamine

Dopamine is a compound that is present in the body as a neurotransmitter. It is a forerunner of other substances inclusive of adrenaline. Neurotransmitters are responsible for carrying chemical messages that play in the brain and have an effect on the other parts of the body. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a crucial role in the science of motivation.

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Effect of dopamine on the health

Low levels dopamine can lead to lack of motivation. So, naturally, the production of this neurotransmitter will increase if you are motivated. At high doses, it can correct low blood pressure because of low systemic vascular resistance. It is useful in treating hypotension, reduced perfusion of the body organ and low cardiac output.

If you are too much motivated, you will have a lot of stress in your mind to achieve the goal. When the dopamine instigates the release of stress hormones, the response can quickly turn into bad. When stressed, many changes will happen in your body. If you do not take adequate sleep at nights due to high-stress levels, it can, in turn, have an ill-effect on your overall health.

Stress can contribute to chronic inflammation, which, in turn, will affect your digestive system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system and also the skin. All these things can leave your body open to diseases like cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.
Even, it can lead to psychological issues like permanent memory loss, sleep disturbances, depression, and difficulties with learning, attention-deficits, anger, agitation, and anxiety.

Conclusion:

As the famous adage goes “Too much of anything is good for nothing". It holds true in the case of motivation too. So, you can stay motivated, but you should know how to relax yourself to prevent the stress building.

Author ~ Akshay Patni

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Seven Ways To Reduce Stress For College Freshmen

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Most people refer to college years as the most exciting time of their lives. However, these years also come with own measure of stress. The stress may emanate from academic responsibilities like an approaching term paper, social life, personal issues, family, relationships, finances and many other factors you will be interacting with at the time. For freshmen, the shock of a new environment will always result in stress.

 

Even the wealthiest and most successful persons in the world experience stress. The secret is to learn how to manage it and avoid being overwhelmed. Experts have given the following suggestions on reducing stress as a freshman.

 

  1. Acclimatize Fast

Freshmen are startled by the new environment, requirements, regulations, and routines. You will be away from parents, brothers and sisters, friends, familiar sites, common routines, and many other engagements that you were used to.

Your freedom is also limited and you have new responsibilities to fulfill. It is time to recognize that your life has suddenly changed. It will no longer be the same. Adapt to the new life and demands as fast as possible. Make new friends and be open to new routines. Where you are uncertain, seek guidance. Within no time, this place will feel like home.

 

  1. Engage In Social Events

Being a freshman can be boring since you are all alone and are required to fulfill certain obligations that you might not be familiar with. It is time to engage and make new friends.

Watch the notice board for events, especially those targeting freshmen. They could be concerts, meetings, alumni gatherings, inductions, and such activities. Though you engage in these events, they must not overshadow the main responsibility that took you to college. You should only engage in these events after essay writing and other core activities.

Be cautious of the events you attend. Some will leave you more stressed than you were. For instance, if an event is going late into the night yet you need to attend morning classes or work on an assignment, it will lead to conflict in life. This will only escalate your already bad situation.

 

  1. Be Unique

One of the main causes of stress is students who want to be like others. Some will come with the latest gadgets, attend the hottest parties, show pictures of dream vacation destinations and other great things that you can only dream of.

Remember that you are building your future and it does not depend on your current status. Focus on your studies, work on your paper diligently. It might be your ticket to the desired fortunes and life of splendor.

Do not desire to go to every paper that people are attending. Know your limits and stick to them. Understand your background and what you can accomplish. The more you desire to be like other people, the more you will be stressed. You might end up doing unthinkable things in an attempt to keep up with the lives of other people.

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  1. Keep Good Company

The people you meet in college will become your partners in future. You will establish businesses together and build brands. They will form a network that you will use to grow your career. However, the same friends can be the source and cause of your downfall.

The conversations you engage and activities will determine whether you add value to life or not. If they support you in your academic work like essay then later engage in social activities, you have every right to keep their company. Though, if they only lead you to trouble, it is time to drop them.

 

  1. Confront Your Challenges

Students in college have enough challenges. Unfortunately, these challenges cannot be wished away. The best approach is to confront them. If you are having a problem with your academics, talk to your tutor.

When the issue is related to relationships, there is a counselor waiting for you. If it’s about finances, open up to opportunities that come your way. Wishing away problems will only lead to more stress.

 

  1. Find A Legal Escape

It is common to stress over imaginary things. Maybe you lack money for the latest trends or gadgets and feel disappointed. There are ways of escaping the mental battle fields. Such ways include engaging in sports, picnics, hiking, drama, and art, among others.

They occupy your time and leave you tired enough that all you will be thinking about is how to complete your research paper and other academic engagements. Whenever you experience victory during such events, your morale is boosted and you are out of stress.

 

  1. Workout

Exercises are an excellent way to enhance your concentration. You begin to focus on the most important elements in life. Run around the school, lift improvised weights, exercise at the yard and engage in such activities that will draw your mind from stress factors. This will transform your life.

 

In case stress becomes overwhelming, it is always advisable that you talk to a professional counselor. Keep good company and always remain positive. Focus on your core business in college and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.

Author’s bio:

Amber Wilson is a college teacher, an experienced editor at custom dissertation writing service. She is fond of sports and modern arts. She is also a mother, a coffee addict, and a bookworm.

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10 Tips On How To Turn A Bad Day To A Good One

The issue of having a lame day is a kind of a widely spread illness all of us face from time to time. Yes, if it makes you feel any better, it’s true, people of all ages and status are susceptible to “a bad day" syndrome. What’s worse, you cannot predict or postpone it. You just get up, start your daily routine, but some little thing already implies: “It will be one of those bad days."

Then, you come across another failure, and one more, and then it’s already a whole set of misfortunes. Thus, until midday, you’ve got a chain of things you would prefer never to happen or to happen differently. You feel lack of strength to resist that and simply wish for that day to finally end. But this is not the best you can do! “A rough day" is a tiresome pastime demanding efforts, but you can easily turn it into a good one using little tricky tips. You’ll be surprised to find out that it is the little things that actually help you get rid of the “sick and tired of always being sick and tired" mood. Add one more sunny day to your still bank of happy moments!

Cross out some of your daily tasks

When you are stressed because of your tight schedule, be it due to work, study, or household chores, you find yourself perplexed due to a “bad day at work syndrome" more often. The trouble is that in the majority of cases, we do not have any spare minute for relaxation when we badly need it. Such tension can become unbearable if you do not take any action. I know that it’s not that easy, but do your best to look for some options.

There is always at least one of them which demands to take some steps you would choose to avoid. If the reason is your overload at work, have a word with your Department Head about your duties and working hours and imply time management. The job shouldn’t drain you! If studying leaves no space for other spheres, you can also redirect some part of your tasks to online helpers to get a useful custom essay. Don’t just shift or mix the values! And this is just the first hint in the set of tips for the busy one on how to have a good day.

Curative music

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Listening to music is not just an ear-pleasing pastime but one of the means capable of restoring your inner strength, filling you with positive energy on the mental level. Provided your choice of the tune is correct, you can easily cure yourself from a “rough day syndrome" so you are gonna have a good day. The classics, Mozart in particular, is known to have the best influence. Professionals use such music to help their clients recover from clinical depression.

If you are all for classics, then it’s your secret elixir for effeteness; if not – you can choose the tunes which inspire you personally. To be able to take actions immediately when you realize that the bad day has come, you need to create a collection of such tunes beforehand. Proper songs can and will bring peace to your mind.

Singing therapy

For those who are always in a hurry, there is no place for indolent thumb-twiddling. If you have hundreds of daily tasks, you badly need to know how to jazz your life or relax in one minute. A traffic jam is a perfect place for car owners to devote some minutes to themselves. Switch on your favorite tune and have fun singing it aloud. In combination with your “curative tune," this method’s outcome will impress you.

Magic shower

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To help you get your mind off this “nasty weather," you can turn to the seemingly dull procedure. Ten more minutes in bathroom can wash away all the unpleasant feelings, thoughts, and energy. The power of water is often underestimated! Just close your eyes in the shower and simply enjoy the water running on your body. Concentrate on your feelings, maybe use some shower gel with a very pleasant smell to help you unveil your positive emotions. Having washed out your negative energy, you activate your nerve endings to feel more energetic and serene. Make your happy hormones celebrate!

Prayer session

If the situation is getting unbearably difficult and you feel all alone, one of the best methods to find peace of mind is to look for peace in your soul. Entrust all your troubles and fears to God. Such communication can bring more than pure relief. This is one of the most efficient methods, and you can be impressed by the result, which often depends on how open you are.

Time with the one you love

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  • Call your close person. Surely, you have some people whom you trust and who will eagerly listen to your troubles to help you recover. Call them. This is simple! We tend to omit such little pleasures in the daily routine consisting of “you must" and “you have to" affairs. Sometimes hearing no more than “Oh, dear, it’s just a bad day" phrase is all you need to be able to look at this situation differently and avoid a depressing mood.
  • Pastime with a pet. Communication with an animal can just as well cure you of your bad day. Having come home exhausted and sad, spend 15 minutes with your little puppy, kitten, or cute guinea pig to have your oxytocin, serotonin, and prolactin produced in your body. Such interactions will quickly improve your mood.
  • How much time do you need to hug your mother, better half, or your children before going to work/university or after it? You are planning to have a good day, don’t you? It can bring the level of your stress hormones down! Have your 30 seconds of hugging to start a good day or reduce the tension of a bad one with such simple action.
  • Favors for a close person. We tend to omit numerous chances to make the day of people we love a little better, while the opportunities are multiple. Buy your mother her favorite pie or give your wife a relaxing massage, and you will feel how pleasant the feedback is. Your wife’s smile can unexpectedly dye your whole bad day in bright colors. Try today!

Sport against negative energy

Physical exercises stimulate production of endorphins responsible for “feeling good" function. Even if you do not like the idea of having a thirty-minute set of exercises in the gym, you don’t need to force yourself to this feat. Stand up and devote at least 5 minutes to your hurry workout. You will feel the effect! Having improved your body flow this way, you will get your portion of endorphins, the strength to withstand the difficulties and enjoy the day after all.

Laughing break

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Even if you don’t feel like laughing at all, you should try this approach. Just have a look at some funny video from YouTube: first, you’ll need to make efforts to pay attention to the video instead of your troubles, but in a few moments, you’ll start melting. Even the grumpiest smile a little after a while. Try to cheer yourself up with the help of funny or cute things.

“Yellow Submarine“

The color of optimism, yellow can help you recover from a rough day or prevent the undesirable outcome: switch to the positive side by wearing something yellow. Just don’t run to extremes! Overemphasizing yellow, you can get the opposite result.

Give compliments

There is no good in concentrating on pity instances in our life, for this never helps to find a worthy solution. Shifting the focus to the positive aspects of another person’s life is one of the approaches allowing to find an outcome for yourself. Trying to notice some positive moments in the life of others, we get out of a vicious circle.

The methods to relive after a bad day are multiple, just as the tips to turn such a “rough day" into the one you will recollect with a smile. Don’t let hardships and worries spoil it!

Author’s Bio

The writer to fingertips, Joshua Robinson, has chosen this path in his school years. Today, he gladly helps students to write outstanding assignments by working for the online writing service and shares his thoughts on positive outlook and self-belief writing a blog. This article is devoted to the multiple victims of the quick pace of life we face these days. As the author describes it, the major problem is that striving to gain top achievements, we tend to omit valuable things like our health and communication with close people. Under such stress, happy life is out of the question. Bring back the small mercies into your life to feel the difference: no bad day will exercise dominion over you!

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