We’re all trying to be happy in this life and in this world. We may not realize it but this is the reason why we spend hours toiling in the office. It’s so we can not only pay for the bills but so that we can buy the things we want for ourselves. Things that can add to our happiness. However, we fail to understand that one of the keys to happiness is already within us: positive thinking.
Fame and fortune. The two things people strive and toil for until they are no longer able to. We all want to be rich and famous. Others often leave the latter out, but you can’t deny that money is among the factors that drive us to get out of bed and go to work.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to achieve those two things. In fact, when you come to think of it, working hard to earn wealth isn’t a bad thing. We need money to survive because food and other goods require money for us to acquire them.
However, what we want to point out is that these things don’t bring about true and lasting happiness. They make us happy letting us buy some of the things we desire. But life is so much more about intangible things and happiness does not have a price tag on it.
Positive Thinking For Happiness?
You got it. Our minds like to play tricks and games with us. And more often than not, we lose in the game of who takes the throne of our perspectives (See what we did there? Season 8’s out!— for those who get the reference). Misery loves company so it’s much easier for us to linger in the negativity that in its opposite.
We’re not talking without the backbone as well. Researches have actually shone that people who think positively are happier and more energetic than those who don’t. Those who are less stressed are usually those able to channel their thoughts into positive ones. These types of persons have a higher tendency of allowing their bodies to release dopamine, also known as the “happiness hormone.”
Plus, let’s face it. Even without having to rely on such “happy hormones,” when the mind is changed, so will the body be. If we think happy, then we do happy, talk happy, feel happy. It overflows and it overflows well.
Positive Thinking: Ways To Boost That Dopamine
Take Control Of Your Thoughts
You are the best person to have control over your thoughts and perspectives. If you let negativity and stress reign, then you will be losing the game of thrones (See what we did there? Season 8, people! —for those who get the reference). When stress and negativity creep in, proactively look for and focus on the positive.
Let your sight fall on the white paper instead of on that black speck on it. A few ways to practice this is to meditate and give time to yourself. Meditation helps clear your mind and empty it of negative vibes. It allows you to reconnect with your inner self and strengthen your self-trust. By doing so, you will be able to face anything that comes your way with much optimism.
Listen to music and give yourself a break. Not many of us have the luxury of time to go on long vacations every now and then. But what you can do is to set a few minutes in the morning, preferably before you begin your routine, to just… breathe. And within the day, especially when you start feeling a little stressed, take a quick break. It’ll act as a refresher so you can get back to work feeling energized again.
Mind Your Body
Sleep. For a lot of us, it’s tough to get that recommend 8 hours of shut-eye. Somewhere between 6 to 8 is enough. Also, quality sleep is what you should be looking for here. Bedtime shouldn’t be past midnight. Even if you sleep for 8 hours after hours (redundancy intended), you’ll still feel tired come daybreak. So try and hit the sack by at least 10 o’clock in the evening at the latest and wake up early the next day. You’ll be surprised how something as simple as sleep can rejuvenate your mind and body.
Eat healthily. Watch your diet and exercise. We’re not telling you to go full-on shed-off-those-pounds-kind-of-meal plan (though if you want to get yourself on that train, don’t let us stop you). What we’re saying is that if we intake good old healthy food and couple that with exercise (choose something that you can easily incorporate into your routine), your body will be at its peak. This means it’ll be easier for you to channel that into being positively charged both physically and mentally.
Also, you might want to try and include food such as fish, avocados, bananas, and beans in your weekly meal plans. These are able to boost the dopamine levels in your system and will help trigger that “happy hormone” we mentioned earlier.