The Secret to Happiness is Everywhere I Look!
I noticed a funny thing in the last few weeks. Every magazine I pick up has at least one article about happiness and how to get it. (For all the wise guys out there, no, I am not reading guitar or computer mags and they probably won’t have an article specifically about happiness unless you consider all the ads that hint as to what might make you smile.) 😉
Get the body you want and the calm you crave!
Double your happiness – Just do this!
Bring on Bliss! Surprising ways to be a lot happier!
Stress less every day! Simple strategies to find your calm.
Well, sign me up! It can all be mine if I would only read the articles and implement the advice.
One of the articles, “9 Ways To Go on a Bliss Trip” in Health (June 2013), states that women’s happiness dips when they hit 40 – well, that explains a lot! – but resurges at 50. So according to this author, I only have to hold out another five years! 🙂 Other strategies, besides getting the heck out of your 40s as quickly as possible, are to buy experiences as opposed to things – trips, dinners, lessons in something, forget self-improvement, learn to go with the flow, be a giver, focus on relationships, and my old favorite – fake it til you make it! (For my previous post on this advice, click here.)
The same magazine also asks the question “Can You Think Yourself Well?” In it, the author discusses how healthy people in her medical practice – or those following every healthy habit known to man – were still suffering from illness. So she set out to find out why. She asked them as well as patients who did NOT follow healthy habits about their personal lives – what they loved and what they felt was missing, if they consider themselves happy, fulfilled in work and love, if they express themselves creatively. Their responses made her realize that how they felt about their lives, their relationships and their work had a profound effect on their health. Her bottom-line advice – Ask yourself what you need in order to heal and follow your intuition.
The May 2013 issue of Prevention tells me that carbs of all kinds could be making me depressed, tired and overweight and I don’t need to suffer from Celiac disease to react that way to them. In “Is This What’s Eating You?,” Arthur Agatston, MD, author of The South Beach Diet, talks about gluten sensitivity and recommends cutting all carbs from your life for a few weeks to see if that is the culprit in your overall mood. I don’t have the reactions to whole grains that he described, but it really has made me eye my carb selections carefully.
“Serenity Now!” also appears in this issue of Prevention. In it, the author makes recommendations for finding inner peace instantly. Everything from aromatherapy to meditation, nature to gardening, waking early, playing more and simply smiling. Easy, low cost and effective.
That is just a handful magazine issues in the past two months. I know from my forays into the grocery store magazine stand that there are many many more where these came from. It seems that everyone has simple answers to a complex problem. Maybe gardening or eating gluten free will not “fix” depression, but these ideas certainly can’t hurt. The suggestions always seem like common sense. But as anyone who has suffered from clinical depression will tell you, common sense and easy answers often prove elusive. All of these articles makes it pretty obvious to me that our world is suffering and we need to heal ourselves.
What’s the best and worst advice you ever got regarding improving your mood?