Happiness Blog April 22, 2019

Hobbies positively impact self-esteem and reduce anxiety. Having a hobby gives us a positive way to spend time. Finding the right hobby leads to feelings of accomplishment, safety, and increased control. Hobbies create a sense of purpose and accomplishment, even when they are not overtly dripping with meaning. A good example of this is my hobby of jigsaw puzzles. When I sit down to build a puzzle, I have intention, purpose, and clarity. Having the time to do a puzzle reinforces the message that I am safe and my life is going well. A hobby communicates to your brain that it is okay to enjoy life. (read more…)

Happiness Blog April 15, 2019

Let’s keep building on the novelty in our life and start bringing the novel into our daily routine. Sometimes life can become monotonous, and this can really bring the overall mood down. I find that shaking up the routine can be rejuvenating because it shakes up our thought patterns. If we do the same thing every day in the same way, most often our automatic thoughts take over. This is fine if your automatic thoughts are positive; sadly, most people’s are not. Changing our morning routine jump-starts the process of deconstructing our negative automatic thoughts. (read more…)

Happiness Blog April 8, 2019

Continuing on our theme of getting out: Be a tourist in your town. I absolutely love playing tourist in my town. I am always surprised by what a quick Google search of “fun things to do” in my town turns up. Many of us already know what the “fun things” are and may have already done them. If this is the case, try the next town over. The goal is simply to find a hidden gem in your area and enjoy it. It is a lot of fun to find hidden gems and secret hideaways. Exploration reduces stress and depression while creating hope and optimism. (read more…)

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