Keys to Happiness: Cliff notes from the documentary, Happy
Aerobic exercise to release dopamine
Play. Do things that are meaningful. Mix it up. Try new things.
Experience "flow" as often as possible
Work to Recover and heal from adversity ~ because we all face seemingly insurmountable challenges
Seek out intrinsic goals - Here's the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic: • Stemming from the Latin for "inward," intrinsic goals relate to "goods of the soul," like personal growth, close relationships, and physical health. • Stemming from the Latin for "outward," extrinsic goals relate to "worldly goals," like money, status, or fame.
Build a family of your own making or live near your family of origin.
Social bonding with cooperation.
Compassion. Joy comes from connection to others.
Laughter. Compassion meditation. Count your blessings. Perform random acts of kindness.
Happiness is a skill. The formula is not the same for everyone.
YogaWisdomOfTheDay ~ excitingasana = every moment is a gift. your precious one life is lived moment to moment. when you connect breath to consciousness you are grounded, authentic, vulnerable, strong, and wise. a spiritual warrior. a beam of white light. beginners mind is full of unlimited potential. look, see, move, grow. be.
Yoga For Dummies: if yoga & beer classes get you to try yoga, I get it. but I feel sorry for you if you don't get it that this ancient system is not fitness or a fad. you're cheating yourself out of all of the benefits you're hearing about. does it get you fit? hell yeah, if you do a physical based series of poses in a sequence that is healthy. but what about all the other magic? it's available. yoga & goats classes? really? never say never, I know people.... but come on... I've been to disco yoga & loved it --- but it's a physical class with some yoga looking moves and prompts that dance around concepts of a yoga practice, but there are 8 limbs of yoga --- and I'm going to keep telling you about that as you quit coming to yoga classes and try the next fitness fad. I published Health & Fitness Magazine and remember the birth of Spinning, InLine skating and Pilates. They're still here, and pure yoga will be too. I simply can't suggest someone go to beer&yoga.
Friday makes so many smile ~ Design your life where every day feels like the weekend. Consider playful ways of bringing a smile to what you do. Don't get all so serious about this wild ride we call life. Learn to find joy in the mundane & you will smile. Promise.
YogaWisdomOfTheDay ~ beneficialasana = give yourself the gift of a regular yoga practice. as you influence your mind, body & spirit you also create energy to influence the world. that's powerful. bringing a healthy and vibrant heart, mind and soul to your day enhances your life and all you come in contact with. simple random acts of kindness, mentoring a person who could benefit from your life earned wisdom and loving from a place of selflessness benefits us all. we are all connected. influence. smile.
YogaWisdomOfTheDay ~ happiestasana = you have something unique to share with the world
believe that simply living your happiest life benefits not only you but the world. energy radiates out from you and flows into your life. surround yourself with excellence. breathe into your uniqueness. say thanks to your intellect, body and soul for directing you in a healthy way. flow. see. act. action is key. be you. be bold. take risks. push past doubt and fear. create. be.
Namaste ~ Stephanie