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First Steps to Happiness

Friday, May 17, 2013

Well, I got out an older happiness book that I had and read the first chapter. It ended with two suggested practices. It talked about the importance of ritual, and building some into your life. Food, exercise, or any other ritual. I decided to start with a bowl of cereal with fruit every day, which I already kind of have been doing. (Sorry old Atkins friends). The fruit and fiber from those are believed to be helpful for heart disease. The other ritual was to start a ten minute walk every day. It seems most anyone can do ten minutes. And if it's pouring out, it's just ten minutes. If you haven't had a lot of sleep or your back is sore, it's just ten minutes. So excuses aren't going to cut it, for me anyway. So I'm on my way with those.

Next, of course, it suggested a gratitude journal. Find 5 things to be grateful for at the end of each day. I'm starting mine tonight. I'll just pull out an old notebook and think those through.

So that's about it. The book is "Happier", by Tal Ben-Shahar, PH.D. I'll be reading chapter two today. Thanks, fellow Sparkers. Glenn
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4EVERNESS 5/19/2013 10:48PM

    One of my other Spark friends, includes her list at the bottom of her blog everyday. I enjoy it as a reminder to myself...I just really can't see bitter ol' witch as an option. So, the positivity helps prevent that before it happens!! (feel like I should be calling in Smokey Bear or something!)

Good Luck, do well. I must be tired to be babbling like this......


YOU CAN DO IT! ( I don't mean babble, either) LOL

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FUNNYFLOWER1 5/19/2013 3:29AM

    Hey there... Thanks for posting on my spark page! Yep, you chose to write this on my daughter's 25th birthday, so I am writing to you now...I am in the process of reading a tiny book called The Little Book of Confidence by Dr Susan Jeffers, PhD. It is helpful, as it does not overwhelm me. The nice thing about SP, is that we can reflect and see the human side of things through words, and this is quite encouraging for me. Maybe think of past times of things that made you happy, and then maybe you can revisit those places, if not physically, then at least mentally... Geez.... I sure do wish I were a quarter of a century years old again! That would be so much fun! Have a great week! emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 5/17/2013 10:22PM

    If you've been on an Atkins or low carb diet for some time, you may need potassium. I speak from experience. Never had problems of depression until I went overboard with low carb diets and probably ate way less for me. So be careful! Have yourself checked out.

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GINILEE4 5/17/2013 7:45PM

   

These seem like a great place to start making some habits or rituals. You are right on track.

Gini

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PRACTICINGPEACE 5/17/2013 4:29PM

    Thanks, Glenn. I am reading "Happiness" by Thich Nhat Hanh who share some of these same ideas. The rituals do seem to bring equilibrium and stability into my life. I also like approaching my health from a perspective of practicing happiness. It helps me feel respectful of my body and inspires a deeper love for myself.

Great blog! emoticon

Janet

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