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The Happiness Challenge

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Happiness. Isnít it really the end result? People donít embark on a profound journey of change when they are happy.

But I wouldnít say Iím unhappy. Iím surrounded by caring, supportive friends and family. Career-wise, I feel in a good spot. I enjoy living in Central NJ (although not the yardwork - wp.me/p1N36Q-cG - that accompanies my home). I justÖ think things can be better.

I still canít say for sure whether eliminating wheat helps me be a less anxious person because my wheat free streaks have so frequently been interrupted Ė mostly by my own intentional doing. But I think Iím on the right track. Besides, this article suggests I have a lot in common with optimistic people.

www.shape.com/lifestyle/
mind-and-body/10-habits-ha
ppy-people?page=1


Of the ten habits shared, I think I can check off the following three for sure:

2. Share your Stories Ė Check. Isnít that what Iím doing here?

7. Exercise and Follow a Healthy Diet Ė The article doesnít say what specifically a healthy diet encompasses, but Iím certainly paying attention to what I eat. And I do feel good after all of those long runs! Here are five rules to eat for happiness Ė www.huffingtonpost.com/d
rew-ramsey-md/food-mental-
health_b_1703007.html
- the author does take a minor jab at low-carb diets, but Iíd say that his rules are solid.

8. Practice Positive Forward Thinking Ė I find what Iím doing to be difficult in the moment, but often am motivated to continue when I think about the end result. This has helped me avoid taking the first bite in binge-trigger situations. Along with that, I would suggest also reading this article about detaching yourself from the outcome ( www.marksdailyapple.com/
detaching-yourself-from-th
e-outcome/#axzz2YCpkfelk
). I understand that practicing positive forward thinking shouldnít inhibit my enjoyment of the moment, provided that Iím truly having an enjoyable moment. Binge eating Ė not enjoyable.

I really like how this article ends Ė that happy people keep in mind the past isnít a blueprint to the future. A big part of coping with anxiety is dealing with those negative distorted thoughts ( wp.me/p1N36Q-23 ) Ė reminding myself that I canít predict the future and should not assume something will turn out badly simply based on my prior experiences. This is an area that I still need work in, and hopefully will be stronger as more wheat free time passes.
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KNYAGENYA 7/10/2013 3:41PM

    Good luck. Staying positive can be a challenge.

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WOUBBIE 7/9/2013 10:53PM

    There's an ancient email tale that I read a long time ago about a guy with the best attitude about his life and when asked how he could always stay so darn happy he said that in life you always have two choices about how you're going to react to a situation. If you consistently pick the positive choice you tend to be happy, if you pick the negative, then, not so much....

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