Peggy & Judy were working on their book Hack Your Way to Happiness, based on neuroscience and decided to make a 2019 calendar with 12 of the book’s 22 Happiness Hacks. (They aren’t quite done with the book . . . they get diverted very easily . . . I have a hard time keeping them on track.)
If I needed a calendar, which I don’t since I prefer to live in the moment, I would get their calendar. HOWEVER, the calendar has pictures of the Curious Critters but not ONE picture of me so I wouldn’t pay full price and would buy it with a 60% off Zazzle coupon, which is often available.
Here’s one of the Happiness Hacks from the book . . . don’t tell them I’m sharing it with you for free.
There are two sides to a coin, two sides to a pancake and two sides to every thought you have. When a negative thought bothers you, flip the thought to the positive side:
Imagine the opposite – something better, pleasurable, anything POSITIVE – is true and how you would feel.
Positive thoughts signal your brain to release “happy” neurochemicals.
To see all 12 Hacks, Click HERE
Freddie Parker Westerfield
NOT a Hack
We’re excited to let you know that we are compiling all the Happiness Hacks we’ve posted. Here’s a “hack” that that surprised us.
Mow-on by Peggy
Mowing my lawn always makes me feel good. I’ve figured it was because I love being outside and mowing was good exercise. However, it’s a pretty small lawn and I don’t get a lot of exercise. I was surprised to read about research done at The University of Queensland in Australia finding that the smell of freshly cut grass increases feel-good neurochemistry in the brain.*
Their studies convinced the researchers cut grass smell was as powerful as well-known scents like:
lavender, cinnamon, vanilla, citrus, baby powder, pine, rose, rosemary, sunscreen and peppermint
They isolated the chemicals to create cut-grass aroma and have bottled it. You can buy cut grass smell!
. . . or you could mow your lawn. Use a push-mower to get a twofer – aerobic exercise & happy aroma.
After all, your nose is very close to your brain . . . and connected to your happiness!
*University of Queens land researchers found that the scent of cut grass works directly on the amygdala and hypo-campus and makes you happier and less stressed. They created a spray with the scent of cut grass called SerenaScent