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Life is a Head Game

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln

That quote by Abraham Lincoln is one of my favorites. Good and bad things happen to all of us. That’s just a fact of life. Another fact of life is that we determine how we will react to any Sunrise_Housegiven situation and these decisions directly impact our health and well-being. Life truly is a head game.

Which age group do you think is the happiest? Is it those in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s? Or, is it those in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and up? Surprisingly, new research is showing that many folks actually get happier as they age.

A friend recently told me about a magazine called Live Happy. I just love that title. The current (August) issue features an article – “The Golden Age of Happiness” and it is really worth a read. They discuss a research project on the pursuit of happiness. As you would expect, all participants found happiness in exciting experiences and adventures. But, only the older participants found just as much happiness in their day to day activities as they did in the exotic. For me personally, there is no question that I’m happier now than I was in my 20’s.

Researchers are linking happiness to better physical and mental health. And, did you know that laughter has been proven to reverse illness? Attitude is everything.

I’ve been blogging this month about the importance of keeping your mind sharp as the third step to Total Well-Being. Psychologists tell us that negative emotions and attitudes narrow our thoughts and actions while positive emotions and attitudes make us more creative, open to possibilities, and happy. It certainly makes intuitive sense. I know that I feel lighter physically and emotionally when I’m feeling positive. It’s just the opposite when I’m feeling negative.

What and or who makes you feel positive and happy? My yoga practice is one of my primary happiness tools. Just rolling out my mat begins to relax and calm me no matter what type of day I’ve had. It nourishes me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and I feel so blessed to have found yoga.

What makes you feel wonderful? Maybe it’s a sunrise or sunset. Perhaps it’s being outdoors in nature. Whatever it is for you, it’s good to know that every time you feel joyful, positive, optimistic, you’re enhancing your well-being and health.

Enjoy and Breathe Easy

Joanne Thompson

Joanne Thompson

Founder/Owner at Yoga for Self

Health is a precious gift and my goal is to help you live a healthier, happier life through yoga. Every private session is uniquely designed just for you. For a free telephone consultation call me at 303.818.4181. Discover whether personalized, private yoga instruction is right for you.
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