Happiness Blog July 8, 2019

Another aspect of joy is laughter. When I laugh, I feel it my whole being. Laughter lights up the entire brain and bathes it in positive chemicals. Laughter lowers blood pressure and reinforces a positive mind-body connection. Laughing with abandon is fun! One of the things I love most about podcasting with my husband is how much he makes me laugh. Creating opportunities for laughter increases joy exponentially. We often get so caught up in our daily grind that we forget to laugh. I find comedy and comedians are a great way to laugh. The more comedians I watch, the more likely I am to have a chuckle in the middle of my day as I remember a joke they told. (read more…)

Happiness Blog July 1, 2019

A good way for us to increase joy is to find things that make us happy. Focusing on and reflecting on what makes us happy gives us the opportunity to invite joy back into our lives. Sometimes this process can be painful as we discover just how much of our joy we have let go and just how much we have neglected ourselves. It is ok to grieve the loss and the situation, but then we must shift our focus away from loss and onto how we are going to bring these things back into our lives. A good start is to pick something small. (read more…)

Happiness Blog June 24, 2019

Self-reflection is a powerful tool in the anger management toolkit. It requires us to be totally honest with ourselves and often reveals our truth. After being in a situation that caused anger, reflect on what you could have done differently. If there was nothing you could have done differently, reflect on how you can avoid that situation in the future. If the situation is impossible to avoid, have a strategy in place for how to get through the situation without showing anger. To help with this, start a debrief notebook or journal. Use it to write about the situation that triggered anger and reflect on what could be done to minimize negative feelings in the future.

The self-reflection journal does not need to be written every day, but simply after we have felt angry. The journal can also be audio recorded if that’s easier for you. Research into self-reflection tells us that either writing it down of talking it out amplifies our recall and allows us access to deeper truths. Journaling after an anger episode will help identify triggers and underlying emotions as you unpack the incident. It also allows for regular check-ins for your anger management progress because you will have a record of how your reactions to being angry change over time. You will also have a safe space to explore your perceptions. Taking a few days and then rereading what you wrote you can capture how your perceptions of the event changed over time. This process will you understand your anger and reactions. (read more…)

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