How to Find Happiness In A Sea Of Overwhelm

We all go through hard times. There are periods in our lives where it is hard to find much joy and happiness amid a sea of overwhelm. We have times when we feel like we’re in way over our head and can’t think straight. That causes lots of stress and as we’ve talked about in a previous blog post, stress kills happiness.

There are also incredibly sad times in our lives. Relationships end and we lose loved ones. There is certainly a time to grieve and we need to process that loss. We also need these sad moments in life…


Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff — Savour It!

“Don’t sweat the small stuff” they say. And they — whoever “they” are, have a good point. Especially in the pandemic where really, we have become more and more aware of what really matters. We are clearer now than we ever have been about the ‘essentials’ in our lives.

It’s easy to get caught up in all the little things that stress us out and ruin our day. Frankly it’s not worth wasting a lot of energy on a lot of things that happen on a daily basis that we don’t like. Sure, we could get upset over the fact…


Why We Crave Human Connection

Like it or not, we are social creatures who crave human connections. It is hardwired into our brains because we need to work together to ensure the survival of our species. We have to work together to make this happen. So it makes sense then that forming and maintaining those connections has an internal reward built in. On the flip side, when we spent too much time isolated and alone we start to feel sad, depressed and if that isolation lasts too long, we can go quietly bonkers!

And it is our interaction with other people more than anything else…


Happy Days Are Here If You Create Them

When you’re having a bad day, or are feeling down, the best way to increase your happiness, may be to exercise. There is a strong link between exercise and an improvement in mood and well-being. Give it a try. Go for a 30 minute walk whenever you’re feeling depressed and unhappy. You’ll notice your mood starting to increase throughout the walk. As you get back, you may notice that you’ve feeling even happier. At least having a walk is not excluded from the lockdown conditions at the moment. …


Stress Kills Happiness — Easy Ways To Destress

It’s hard to be happy when you’re stressed. I don’t have to tell you that. I’m sure you’ve experienced it yourself. Think back on high stress situations like missing a flight to go on vacation, or when you were planning your wedding and things got overwhelming and started to fall apart. Hopefully you were able to recover and enjoy your time doing whatever you were doing, but chances are that you weren’t too happy while you were stressed out. Stress sucks the happiness and joy right out of us.

The thing is that one way to increase our happiness and…


Get yourself a dose of Dopamine and Feel Good!

We are hard wired for taking action and getting stuff done. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Our survival as a society depends on the actions of lots of different people. We each do our part and everything runs smoothly. So it is really makes sense then that we have an internal mechanism hard wired into our brain that rewards us for getting things done.

I’m sure you’ve seen this in action in your own life. You feel proud, accomplished, and happy when you wrap up a big work project, or finish reorganizing your closet. It’s a good feeling and it’s…


Gratitude, Gratitude, Gratitude — the best attitude ever for flourishing and thriving.

Let’s talk about Gratitude and build this into a short practice you can do daily to put another brick in your foundations.

This sense of gratefulness is all about appreciating what we have in our lives that nourish us in some way. Starting our day by thinking about all the things we have to be grateful for is a great way to set the tone. Practicing gratitude makes us focus on all the good and pleasant things in our lives. …


What Makes You Happy, Flourishing and Thriving ?

In last week’s post we started talking about happiness and you started thinking about what makes you happy. It was part of our commitment to your happiness, flourishing and thriving. Today we’re going to dig a little deeper. There are a lot of things that make us happy on a regular basis. Think about the simple little things that put a smile on your face. It could be a person, a thing, an experience, an action, a song… the list goes on and on. In fact just bringing a soft smile to your lips changes your biochemistry and makes you…


Want to Flourish and Thrive — no matter what?

What does it mean to be totally committed to something? It often means that you set a goal and then dedicate yourself to do what it takes to reach that goal. We commit to a relationship when we get married, we commit to a job or a career, and we may be committed to a hobby. But today I want to focus on committing to cultivating happiness and contentment as the foundations for flourishing and thriving.

In the last blog I shared how at least part of how happy we are is directly related to a choice we make. I…


The One of the Best Outcomes of Taking Good Care of Yourself Is That You Start To Feel Happier And Since Feeling Happy Is A Choice You Make Every Day It’s A Great Place to Begin Our Year of Self Care.

Are you a glass half full or half empty person? This is a great example to illustrate that there are often two sides to any story and that you have a choice in how you view things. And that choice in turn determines how happy you feel. Happiness then becomes a choice you make every single day.

You can choose to see the glass as half empty, focus on the fact that you’re almost done drinking that nice glass of sparkling,spring water. With that attitude, you’re more likely to feel a little depressed about your experience of drinking the water…

Elizabeth Morris

Best-selling Digital Communicator on the Science, Psychology, Soma and Soul of Compassion in Action

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