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
For this “hack” get yourself a mouse.
When you do something for someone else, the act in itself makes you feel good.
Even watching someone else do a good deed will lift your mood.
I know I feel good whenever I do or say something nice to someone else. When I worked in an outpatient psychiatric program I decided to see if this would hold true for the patients in my group. Luckily for me they were open to test this out. We talked about different ways of doing something kind for themselves and others.
On the first day patients spent an hour doing something nice for themselves and all self-reported feeling good. The second day they spent an hour doing something kind for someone else. All of them said they felt even better doing something kind for someone else than doing something nice for themselves.
Not only feeling emotionally better research shows that when we engage in good deeds, our stress is reduced.
It is quick an easy to try this out yourself.
Your brain can not tell the difference between what you imagine and what is actually happening. Use it to your happiness advantage!
Remember a time you felt happy:
Recall what you looked like, the sights, sounds, scents, colors and how you felt. If a time doesn’t come to mind pretend you are someone else and daydream. Your brain can’t tell the difference!
Find an object, picture or trinket that represents or symbolizes that time. If you don’t already have a souvenir keep your eyes open for something that helps you recall that time & place.
Carry your object in your pocket, put it on your desk, hang it on the wall.
Your “charm” will help you reconnect with and trigger happy feelings.
Check out other Happiness Hacks. Eventually we’ll put them all together in a booklet for you.
Freddie’s Favorite: Pet a Pet
A Happiness Hack you already do – BREATHE